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Public Health

231.106 Introduction to Public Health15 credits
An introduction to public health principles, perspectives, stakeholders and practices that are both internationally recognisable and of local importance to New Zealand.
231.107 Social Determinants of Health15 credits
This course explores the social determinants of health, the complex range of social, cultural and economic interactions that influence individual and population health and help explain health disparities amongst populations.
231.108 Health Intervention Management15 credits
This course introduces a systematic and evidence-based approach to health intervention management relevant to diverse health professional practice.
231.200 Theories and Models of Health Promotion15 credits
An opportunity for students to explore the theoretical foundation of community and population-based health promotion and mental health promotion. The course emphasises the application of models and theories to public health programmes and policies.
231.306 Public Health Evaluation15 credits
An introduction to approaches for evaluating public health and health promotion programmes and systems change.
231.307 Intervention Research and Design15 credits
A practical exploration of approaches and tools for designing interventions in public health and health promotion.
231.308 Health Promotion Advocacy15 credits
An analysis of approaches to advocacy in health promotion with a particular focus on practical facilitation, engagement and reflection.
231.704 Māori Health30 credits
This course provides an overview and analysis of Māori public health. Topics include: traditional Māori public health systems, the Treaty of Waitangi and health, models of Māori health, Māori development and advancement health agendas, diverse Māori realities, services delivery models, approaches to Māori health research, Māori development policy.
231.705 Pacific Health30 credits
This course provides an overview and analysis of Pacific health. Topics include: Pacific concepts of health; health effects of migration, urbanisation, demographic transition and economic development on Pacific people in Aotearoa and the Pacific; Pacific health promotion models and Pacific health policies. Pacific case studies will illustrate how providers can contribute effectively to Pacific development and improved Pacific health outcomes.
231.706 Occupational Health30 credits
This course provides an overview of the contribution that exposures in the occupational environment make to adverse health outcomes in the general population, and the appropriate methods of identifying and preventing occupational hazards. Topics include occupational diseases, industrial hygiene and exposure assessment, specific methods of occupational epidemiology, biological and chemical hazards, work physiology and ergonomics, exposure standards and regulatory practice.
231.707 Environmental Health30 credits
An overview of the principles and practice of environmental health with particular reference to New Zealand. Topics will include environmental exposure assessment, environmental management and protection, and the health effects of outdoor and indoor air, water and soil pollution.
231.725 Foundations of Public Health Practice15 credits
This course presents the overarching framework, principles, core functions and competency requirements of the public health workforce. It investigates through a multidisciplinary lens the fundamental determinants that underpin health and disease status in different populations in New Zealand and internationally. The course provides the necessary foundation for further studies toward advanced cross-cutting approaches essential for public health practice.
231.726 Health Systems and Policy15 credits
This course using systems thinking approaches to examine and compare the New Zealand Health System within the international context, how it is structured, operated and financed, and how this impacts on public health responses. Health Policy and public health advocacy is examined as an instrument to enhance health system and broader responses to major health public challenges.
231.728 Public Health Intervention Management15 credits
This course aims to provide students with the conceptual, analytical and strategy planning basis for effective public health intervention management and capacity building practice. Intervention management (assessing, building capacity, planning, implementing and evaluating public health interventions) is a core function of public health practice and is an important competency requirement for effective public health practitioners. Intervention management focuses on the theory and practice of capacity building and developing, implementing and evaluating a strategy portfolio based on analysis of available public health intelligence, including analysis of determinants, stakeholders, community capacity and intervention research.
231.729 Public Health Research and Evaluation15 credits
This course will develop student competencies relating to public health research and evaluation design, planning and research dissemination. It includes the study of research and evaluation methods applicable to the interpretation, application and conduct of public health research in practice settings, using systematic and critical analysis approaches enshrined in the evidence-based practice approach. Students will identify research methods, across quantitative and qualitative research paradigms, most appropriate to their research questions and practice context, consider and submit ethics applications for review, and develop research submissions for external peer review and funding consideration. It utilises problem-based and interactive learning to engage students in learning about the principles and applications of evidence-based practice, epidemiology, quantitative and qualitative research designs and paradigms, data analysis, scientific dissemination and research ethics.
231.730 Epidemiology and Biostatistics 115 credits
Students will study the principles of epidemiology and biostatistics with an emphasis on learning the skills necessary to analyse and interpret data, disseminate information, and the critical appraisal of literature. The focus of the course is on the application of epidemiology and biostatistics for the development of policy development and decision making across the health system.
231.731 Epidemiology and Biostatistics 215 credits
Students will study the principles of epidemiology and biostatistics with an emphasis on learning the skills necessary to analyse and interpret data, disseminate information, and the critical appraisal of literature. The focus of the course is on the application of epidemiology and biostatistics for the development of policy development and decision making across the health system.
231.732 Physical Activity Promotion15 credits
This course draws on the disciplines of epidemiology, health promotion, policy analysis and exercise science to develop public health competencies specific to physical activity promotion at a population level, including knowledge of the relationship between physical activity and health, and skills in population-based physical activity assessment, determinants analysis and intervention design and evaluation.
231.733 Big Public Health Issues15 credits
This course critically examines the big public health issues globally using an analytical framework and case study approach that considers burden of disease, epidemiology, determinant analysis, health and other system responses and evidence of intervention effectiveness. Issues and case studies covered include major infectious diseases (Ebola, AIDs and SARS), obesity, smoking, alcohol consumption, injury prevention and mental health.
231.734 Maternal and Child Health15 credits
This course explores the epidemiological and health systems-based rationale for ranking maternal and child health as a global public health priority. It describes and critically assesses maternal and child health needs, interventions and the effectiveness of services and interventions in different contexts, including maternal and child health policy and advocacy efforts designed to elevate the health of these population groups at these critical life-stages.
231.799 Research Report (30)30 credits
An investigation of a specific topic in public health, Māori health or Pacific health, which may include aspects of original research, problem investigation, and/or review of pre-existing data or published literature. Emphasis will be given to practical projects that arise out of the course participant's work in public health, Māori health development or Pacific health development.
231.818 Public Health Praxis 130 credits
A capstone practicum in the public health environment involving supervised and team-based work on defined and contemporary public health issues.
231.819 Public Health Praxis 230 credits
An integrative capstone practicum in the public health environment involving supervised and team-based work on defined complex contemporary public health issues.
231.820 Public Health Thesis90 credits
A supervised and guided independent study designed to lead to a published work.
231.821 Public Health Thesis 90 Pt 145 credits
A supervised and guided independent study designed to lead to a published work.
231.822 Public Health Thesis 90 Pt 245 credits
A supervised and guided independent study designed to lead to a published work.
231.895 Research Project60 credits
231.900 PhD Public Health120 credits

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