mHealth behaviour change

Sustainable healthy behaviour change utilising digital technologies

Degree type


Closing date

6 March 2023



Citizenship requirement



$28,854pa for 3.5 years

About the research project

Snug Health has partnered with the UTAS Active Work Laboratory to support a Higher Degree by Research project to evaluate health behaviour change strategies, delivered through their mobile application, for improving the health outcomes and wellbeing of Tasmanians.

This project, supported by a multi-disciplinary research team, will facilitate scientifically robust conclusions on the efficacy of different AI-supported behaviour change strategies for improving uptake and adherence to mobile health (mHealth) initiatives and their impact on user health outcomes. When evaluating the Snug Health Mobile Application, the focus will be on determining which mHealth behaviour change strategies are most effective in sustaining adherence to the app, and other important variables related to health and wellbeing.

Snug Health will provide a crucial industry-lens on design and effectiveness of the project. Via its pioneering AI-supported mHealth application, Snug Health will also provide the project with access to deidentified end-user data and a platform for implementation of trial strategies. This project has the potential for immediate and direct industry applicability, with all outcomes and conclusions including methodology and intermediate results made available to Snug Health for use in optimising its mHealth application and related products and services. Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong quantitative research and analytical skills. Applicants with prior research / industry experience working with mHealth applications and/or computational health science are encouraged to apply.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Scott Pedersen


The successful applicant will receive a scholarship which provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $28,854 per annum (2022 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.


Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Additional eligibility criteria specific to this project/scholarship:

  • English language score must be above minimum entry requirements for this project
  • Applicants must be able to undertake the project on-campus

Selection Criteria

The project is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Additional essential selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong quantitative research and analytical skills

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Applicants with prior research / industry experience working with mobile health applications and/or computational health science are encouraged to apply

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select your project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, Dr Scott Pedersen to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. Submit an application by the closing date listed above.
    • Copy and paste the title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
    • As part of your application, you will be required to submit a covering letter, a CV including 2 x referees and your project research proposal.

Following the application closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email by the advertised outcome date.

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