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Public Health

231.106 Introduction to Public Health 15 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 Health 15 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 Management 15 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 Promotion 15 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 Evaluation 15 credits
An introduction to approaches for evaluating public health and health promotion programmes and systems change.
231.307 Intervention Design 15 credits
A practical exploration of approaches and tools for designing interventions in public health and health promotion.
231.308 Health Promotion Advocacy 15 credits
An analysis of approaches to advocacy in health promotion with a particular focus on practical facilitation, engagement and reflection.
231.704 Hauora Māori 30 credits
This course provides an overview and analysis of hauora Māori perspectives. Historical and contemporary contexts and challenges are used to discuss Māori approaches in public health, with reference to Māori knowledge and Māori leadership. The course focuses on developing critical consciousness for becoming advocates and champions for Māori health through Te Tiriti o Waitangi-led practice.
231.705 Pacific Health 30 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 Health 30 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 Health 30 credits
Critical reviews or applied research on advanced topics in Environmental Health.
231.725 Foundations of Public Health 15 credits
This course presents the overarching framework, principles and core functions of public health in Aotearoa New Zealand. It utilises a multidisciplinary lens to investigate the key determinants of health status across population groups in Aotearoa New Zealand and globally. The course provides the necessary foundation for students to engage in advanced approaches essential for public health practice.
231.726 Health Systems and Policy 15 credits
This course uses systems thinking approaches to examine and compare the Aotearoa New Zealand health system within the international context, how it is structured and operates, and how this impacts on public health responses. Health policy and public health advocacy is examined as an instrument to enhance the health system and broader responses to major public health challenges.
231.727 Epidemiology and Biostatistics 30 credits
An exploration of the core principles and practice of epidemiology and biostatistics in assessing and responding to population health need. Students will learn the skills necessary to analyse and interpret data, disseminate information, and critically appraise quantitative literature. The focus of the course is on the application of epidemiology and biostatistics for policy development and decision-making across the health system.
231.728 Public Health Practice 15 credits
This course aims to provide students with the conceptual, analytical and strategic planning basis for effective public health practice. The course focuses on the theory and practice of designing, developing, implementing and evaluating practice. It draws upon analysis of determinants, stakeholders, Te Tiriti o Waitangi-led and community development approaches, and intervention research.
231.729 Qualitative and Participatory Research in Public Health 15 credits
This course provides a foundation in qualitative and participatory research methodologies, and the different approaches to knowledge that inform qualitative and participatory research. Students will develop competencies in qualitative and participatory research processes including design, data collection, analysis, dissemination, and critique of existing literature. The course foregrounds social, cultural, political and ethical considerations in the practice of public health research.
231.730 Epidemiology and Biostatistics 1 15 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 2 15 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 Promotion 15 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 Issues 15 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, obesity, smoking, alcohol consumption, injury prevention and mental health.
231.734 Maternal and Child Health 15 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 1 30 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 2 30 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 Thesis 90 credits
A supervised and guided independent study designed to lead to a published work.
231.821 Public Health Thesis 90 Pt 1 45 credits
A supervised and guided independent study designed to lead to a published work.
231.822 Public Health Thesis 90 Pt 2 45 credits
A supervised and guided independent study designed to lead to a published work.
231.895 Research Project 60 credits
231.900 PhD Public Health 120 credits