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Public Health

231.100 Introduction to Public Health and Health Promotion 15 credits
An Introduction to the breadth of public health activity focussing on the New Zealand context.
231.101 Introduction to Public Health and Research 15 credits
An introduction to public health concepts and health systems that are both internationally recognizable and of local importance to New Zealand. This course discusses the scope of public health practice and what influences population health in contemporary environments. Innovative approaches to public health research will be covered and emphasise those that constitute best practice in New Zealand.
231.102 Determinants of Health 15 credits
An introduction to health inequalities in New Zealand. A basic understanding of the structural, social, economic and cultural determinants of health is covered. The relationship between inequity and health and the role of concepts like cultural safety and cultural competency to public health practice will also be discussed.
231.103 Public Health Development and Evaluation 15 credits
An introduction to key international and local frameworks used in public health practice eg, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Ottawa Charter and WHO social determinants frameworks. Their application to community development, health promotion and community action will be discussed. Values and diverse models of health will be explored. Basic concepts of evaluation will be applied in relation to public health practice.
231.104 Public Health Policy and Advocacy 15 credits
An introduction to promoting and protecting public health based on an understanding of the influence of public health policy and advocacy on public health outcomes.
231.105 An Introduction to New Zealand's Health Systems 15 credits
An introduction to the people, roles, organisations and policies comprising New Zealand's health system in the 21st Century.
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.
231.201 Global Health Promotion 15 credits
The course will examine the impacts on health of economics, technology, geography, politics, social movements, conflicts and diversity and review the global responses to improving health outcomes and reducing health inequalities.
231.203 Pacific Health and Health Inequalities 15 credits
The course examines the social, economic, cultural and biological determinants of health relevant for the health and wellbeing of Pacific people living in New Zealand.
231.205 Health Protection 15 credits
The course focuses on the principles and practice of health protection at the national, regional and local level.

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231.206 Health Inequalities and Maori Health 15 credits
An exploration of social and political influences on contemporary debates in relation to health determinants, health inequalities, health care and Maori health in New Zealand.

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231.301 Health Protection, Monitoring and Surveillance 15 credits
The course introduces the application of surveillance and monitoring systems for the prevention and control of disease and the planning, implementation and evaluation of public health practice.
231.302 Contemporary Issues in Public Health 15 credits
The course will address the major current communicable and non-communicable diseases in a variety of settings.
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 Research and 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.

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231.310 Health in Action 15 credits
This course will challenge students to apply their health knowledge and examine the impact and challenges that an individual or organisation can have on health via their action plans and dissemination of research findings.

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231.701 Theory and Practice of Public Health 30 credits
This course considers the theory and practice of public health in New Zealand. Topics include: epidemiology and biostatistics, Maori health, Pacific health, occupational health, environmental health, health programme evaluation, health economics and health policy in New Zealand.
231.703 Epidemiology and Biostatistics 30 credits
This course provides advanced education and training in the theory and practice of epidemiology. Topics include: epidemiology as a population science, cohort studies, case-control studies, prevalence studies, geographical and temporal variation, types of bias, confounding, data analysis, interpretation of findings of epidemiological studies, the use of epidemiology in health policy.
231.704 Maori Health 30 credits
This course provides an overview and analysis of Maori public health. Topics include: traditional Maori public health systems, the Treaty of Waitangi and health, models of Maori health, Maori development and advancement health agendas, diverse Maori realities, services delivery models, approaches to Maori health research, Maori development policy.
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
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.
231.708 Programme Evaluation 30 credits
An overview of the principles and practice of public health, social and community programme evaluation with particular reference to New Zealand. Topics will include evaluation theory, strategic evaluation, evaluating community programmes, Treaty issues and evaluation, evaluation and culture, ethics, politics and evaluation, quantitative and qualitative evaluation methods, evaluation design, and reporting and interpretation of evaluation findings.
231.721 International Public Health 15 credits
The theory and practice of public health in international perspective. Topics include the global burden of disease, UN agencies with public health roles and responsibilities, international health policy and governance, global health standards and regulatory frameworks, health protection and promotion, risk and risk/benefit assessments, epidemiology, transdisciplinary and multisectoral public health issues, environmental health, health programme evaluation, and health economics.
231.722 Communicable Disease Prevention and Control 15 credits
Prevention and control of communicable disease, including epidemiology, international and national public health policy, and pandemic planning.
231.723 Epidemiological Methods 15 credits
The theory and practice of epidemiology. Topics may include: epidemiology as a population science, cohort studies, case-control studies, prevalence studies, geographical and temporal variation, types of bias, confounding, data analysis, interpretation of findings of epidemiological studies, the use of epidemiology in health policy.
231.724 International Occupational and Environmental Health 15 credits
An overview of the contribution that occupational and environmental exposures make to adverse health outcomes in the general population both nationally and internationally, and the appropriate methods of identifying and preventing occupational and environmental hazards.
231.725 Foundations of Public Health Practice 15 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 Policy 15 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 Management 15 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 Evaluation 15 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 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 (Ebola, AIDs and SARS), 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, Maori 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, Maori health development or Pacific health development.
231.816 Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.
231.817 Thesis 120 Credit Part 2 60 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.
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
231.899 Thesis 120 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.
231.900 PhD Public Health 120 credits

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