Health Sciences

214.003 Foundation Human Bioscience 15 credits
An introduction to the core concepts in human biology and basic physiology.
214.101 Human Bioscience: Normal Body Function 15 credits
Human body structure and function (anatomy and physiology), including relevant concepts of homeostasis and metabolism and development throughout the lifespan.
214.102 Applied Sciences for Health Professionals 15 credits
An introduction to the basic scientific concepts that are relevant to the maintenance of human and environmental health.
214.110 Introduction to Environmental Health and Housing 15 credits
Concepts of Environmental Health, its history and current application. Key knowledge of the construction industry and practice, causes and effects of failure, deterioration and dilapidation. Legislation and codes of practice will be emphasised.
214.111 Chemistry in the Environment 15 credits
Aspects of chemistry and chemical analysis, including important chemical reactions, which affect the health of people interacting with the environment. Environmental and occupational hazards associated with the manufacture, use and storage of chemicals used in New Zealand, including hazardous by-products and waste.
214.131 Introduction to Food and Nutrition 15 credits
An examination of the effect of social, cultural and psychological factors on food habits; a brief study of the composition of foodstuffs and the basic principles of human nutrition; an introduction to food safety and food preservation. Emphasis will be given to topics of current interest.
214.201 Human Bioscience: Impaired Body Function 15 credits
An examination of the aetiology of disease and alteration of health status and the relevant scientific clinical tests, including the role of micro-organisms in disease processes.
214.202 Pharmacology 15 credits
The study of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, drug groups, principles of adverse drug effects, drug interactions, prescription and non-prescription medication and calculation of drug dosages.
214.209 Microbiology and Communicable Diseases 15 credits
Fundamental concepts and applications of microbiology and important communicable diseases from an environmental health perspective are investigated.
214.210 Applied Environmental Chemistry 15 credits
Aspects of chemistry and chemical analysis that are of significance to the environment. Corrosion and corrosion protection; analytical methods-based on absorption and emission of radiation; chromatography and electrode methods; sampling; environmental and occupational hazards associated with the manufacture and use of chemicals in New Zealand. Laboratory work and site visits.
214.211 Environmental Science 15 credits
An interdisciplinary and systematic study of the environment and our place in it, encompassing basic concepts and principles of environmental science, understanding of the environmental and resource problems and possible solutions to these.
214.212 Research Methods in the Health Sciences 15 credits
Techniques of health science research which emphasise the systematic process of identification and defining of research problems, formulation of hypotheses, quantitative and qualitative techniques for the collection and analysis of data, and the ethics of research in the field of health. Development of a research proposal.
214.213 Toxic Substances, Human Health and the Environment 15 credits
A study of the interactions of key groups of toxic substances with the human body and the ecosystem. Provides an overall understanding of the terminology, principles, concepts and methodologies. Discusses applications to human or environmental toxicological risk assessment.
214.215 Food Safety and Human Health 15 credits
Introduces students to the key issues surrounding the preparation, handling and delivery of safe food, and applications of food safety, HACCP, inspection and assessment techniques, food legislation and common problems, will be examined. Will include a study of relevant organisations involved in the food industry.
214.216 Environmental and Public Health Law 15 credits
Legislative, judicial and administrative aspects of the New Zealand legal system as they apply to environmental health. Examination of statutory and common law legal issues, collection of evidence and prosecutions, management of cases, negligence and potential liability. Special focus on the RMA (1991) and Health Act (1956).
214.231 Nutrition for Special Populations 15 credits
Application of food and nutrition principles to special populations throughout the lifecycle and different ethnic groups in New Zealand. A basic knowledge of the scientific reasoning behind the recommendations will be developed. Some factors influencing food choice amongst the populations will be examined. Students will also gain skills in critically evaluating foods and dietary supplements on the market.
214.301 Environmental Health Risk Management for Disasters 15 credits
Advanced theory and practice in environmental health risk management applicable to typical disaster and humanitarian relief scenarios encountered in New Zealand/Pacific Rim.
214.302 Intervention and Prevention Strategies in Health 15 credits
An examination of the importance of randomised controlled trials and other research studies for investigating and validating intervention strategies that optimise health outcomes. Biomedical studies in sleep, exercise and nutrition is the focus with critical analysis on their role as part of a prevention strategy in protecting health, delaying progression of illness or improving quality of life.
214.311 Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases 15 credits
The nature of important communicable diseases and the factors that influence the occurrence, prevention and control of infectious diseases. Examination of the major reasons for disease emergence and resurgence. Concepts and applications of epidemiology in relation to infectious and non-infectious agents.
214.312 Environmental Monitoring and Investigative Methods 15 credits
Application of monitoring and investigative methods used to measure various health effects indicators and aetiologic agents in environmental samples. Laboratory and field tests on samples, interpretation of test results in relation to the appropriate standards and guidelines. A practical course.
214.314 Water and Waste Treatment 15 credits
Water treatment for drinking water supplies and public bathing facilities, the treatment and disposal of liquid (e.g. sewage) and solid wastes for the provision and maintenance of public health, with particular reference to common systems.
214.316 Bio-Physical Effects of Noise and Vibration 15 credits
Sources, propagation, measurement units and effects of noise, vibration and electromagnetic radiation. Measurement and assessment of these factors in the community. Instrumentation, procedures, collection of data and interpretation, legislation, standards and guidelines, and requirements for court proceedings.
214.317 Environmental Health 15 credits
Advanced theory and practice of preserving human health in the environment by identifying key determinants of health and the multi-factorial environmental influences on human health. Involves an applied component which could embrace a variety of practical situations relating to Human Health and the Environment, undertaken within any sector which has a role in the administration or practice of Environmental Health.
214.331 Food Choice and Nutrition Promotion 15 credits
Examination of factors affecting food choice, including cultural, economic, political, psychological, physiologic and organoleptic. Methods used to promote and enable dietary change will be examined. Aims, methods and evaluation of nutrition interventions will be discussed. Emphasis will be given to the current New Zealand situation.
214.333 Interaction between Genes, Environment and Health 15 credits
This course examines selected epigenetic phenomena, responsive to environmental influences including nutrition, toxins and social circumstances, the mechanisms controlling these effects and their phenotypic outcomes. The differences between genetic and epigenetic influences on gene expression, the range of epigenetic mechanisms used to regulate gene expression, how epigenetic modifications are propagated, and the phenotypic consequences on health and disease are explored.
214.334 Nutrition & Health in the 21st Century 15 credits
An overview of the relationship between diet, health and disease with a particular focus on non-communicable diseases of the 21st century such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and dementia. The role of nutrition in affecting oxidative stress and gut microbiota and the implications for health.
214.335 Food Politics 15 credits
World food supply, hunger, sustainability, equity, food security. Impact of food industry, politics and consumers on food supply. Trade, economics, globalisation, threats and opportunities affecting the food supply.
214.771 Special Topic 30 credits
214.772 Advanced Topics in Food Quality 30 credits
Critical reviews, case studies, advanced study and/or research into selected aspects of food quality.
214.773 Advanced Topics in Water Quality 30 credits
Critical reviews, case studies, advanced study and/or research into selected aspects of water quality.
214.774 Advanced Topics in Sound and its Reception 30 credits
Critical reviews, case studies, advanced study and/or research into selected aspects of sounds and its reception.
214.775 Advanced Topics in Environmental Health 30 credits
Critical reviews, case studies, advanced study and/or research into selected aspects of environmental health.
214.777 Advanced Topics in Air Quality 30 credits
Critical reviews, standards, advanced study and/or research into selected aspects of air quality.
214.781 Advanced Topics in Health Science 30 credits
Critical reviews, standards, advanced study and/or research in a selected area of health science.
214.798 Research Report 30 credits
214.897 Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.

Computer Aided Design

214.898 Thesis 120 Credit Part 2 60 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.

Health Sciences

214.899 Thesis 120 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.
214.900 PhD Health Sciences 120 credits

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