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Dr Lois Meyer

Faculty of Medicine
Sch of Public Health & Com Med

Research Interests:

Lois Meyer is Associate Dean (Postgraduate Coursework) in the Faculty of Medicine and Senior Research Fellow, Education and Development within the School of Public Health and Community Medicine.  As Associate Dean in the Faculty her role is strategic oversight of the quality and relevance of the postgraduate programs for meeting the needs of graduates and the health sector. Within the School of Public Health and Community Medicine  Lois has a leadership role in curriculum design, development and mentoring academic peers in course design and and pedagogical methods. Lois teaches in the Master of Health Leadership and Management in the area of health leadership and workforce management and draws on inquiry based methods in online and face to face modes to foster clinicians in developing their health leadership capacities for lifelong learning. 

Lois is recognised as having expertise in curriculum design and has forged a number of innovative programs within the School and university: She led the educational design of the the first professional doctorate at UNSW, the Doctorate in Public Health (DrPH) which commenced in 2009 and now has over thirty five candidates doing embedded research in Australian and international health service organisations.   Lois also led the design and development, and was the inaugural Director, of the first PLuS Alliance degree offered at UNSW, the Bachelor of International Health (BIPH)which commenced in 2018.  Her areas of principal research interests are in curriculum design, professional doctorates and professional health education and workplace learning in public health and health management within local and international contexts.  The research focus of her PhD was investigating the learning and professional identity transition of health practitioners undertaking a work-based professional doctorate in public health.  Her current research focuses on learning and career trajectories of health professionals moving through undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications drawing on qualitative lifecourse research methods.  Her research contributes to the broader field of scholarship of learning and teaching in higher education contexts and the implications for strengthening health systems locally and internationally.  Lois is an active member of the PLuS Alliance and is currently undertaking educational research between UNSW and Arizona State University focusing on the student experiences of engaging in the fully online BIPH and cross-institutional learning spaces.


Broad Research Areas:
Population Health, Organisational Learning, Health Leadership, Health Services Research, Curriculum and Health Professional Education, Learning and Evaluation

Society Memberships & Professional Activities:
Member, International Association for Practice Doctorates; Member, Higher Education Research Development Society of Australasia; Member, The Australian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE); Member, Public Health Association of Australia; Member, The Society for Health Administration Programs in Education (SHAPE); UNSW Co-representative on Council of Academic Public Health Institutions Australia (CAPHIA); PLuS Alliance Fellow

Specific Research Keywords:
Curriculum Design, Health Professional Educational Research, Health Leadership, Workforce Development

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Field Of Research (FOR): 
Curriculum and Pedagogy
Public Health and Health Services
Higher Education
University role: 
Associate Dean (Postgraduate Coursework) UNSW Medicine