Your literature review might draw on, among others: policy documents, legislation, statistics from surveys and government sources, research studies, relevant theory, etc.
Having identified gaps in the literature and ways in which you can add value to the research, you need to present your research question and explain how the answer will add to current knowledge.
The following structure includes the elements that are normally expected in an MSc dissertation.
You don't have to follow it blindly, but use it as a starting point for thinking about your structure.
Most health policy dissertations do not fit into any one methodological category or paradigm.
However, they are likely to fall in one of three schools of thought: Empiricist: Dissertations which involve the use of empirical evidence even if it is existing evidence reported in the relevant literature.Having read the relevant literature, you need to focus more specifically on a research question.This will ensure that your dissertation has clear focus.Why are you using a quantitative or qualitative approach?What are the strengths and limitations of your methods?Any programme specific information or requirements takes precidence over this more general guidance.Regardless of topic, your dissertation should demonstrate the following skills: Your first task is to choose a topic that interests you.Your dissertation gives you an opportunity to write a substantial piece of academic work on a topic of interest to you.It is an opportunity to produce a work of scholarship, using the academic skills you have developed.It should be a manageable topic - one that has not been researched excessively, nor so under-researched that there is no literature available for you to build on.Your Academic Mentor will be able to help you with this.