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250.100 Introduction to Communication in Health 15 credits
An introduction to communication in health, including effective undergraduate essay writing, critical analysis of health related research and basic principles and practices of communicating health information.
250.131 Introduction to Human Health 15 credits
Introduces a range to topics relevant to the study of human health and ways to improve human health. Topics include: biological, social and different cultural definitions of health and their implications; social, economic and environmental determinants of health and their interaction; global health and health promotion.
250.205 Principles and Practice of Epidemiology 15 credits
The course provides an introduction to epidemiology; the study of the distribution and determinants of human health.
250.218 Special Topic 15 credits
250.231 Health and Health Inequalities 15 credits
An exploration of social and political influences on contemporary debates in relation to health determinants and health inequalities and health care in New Zealand.
250.301 Systems Thinking for Health 15 credits
This course provides an exploration of concepts and tools from Systems Thinking for the purpose of understanding issues across the health sciences and to identify systemic solutions. Students will gain an understanding of how to: define complex systems; examine complex system behaviour over time; identify key leverage points to create change; and inform decision making within complex systems.
250.302 Health in Action Project 15 credits
This course will challenge students to apply their health knowledge to a practical case project. Groups of between 3 and 5 students will work together on a project addressing human health issues in the community. By the end of the course students should have demonstrated how they have applied their knowledge to make a positive impact on a chosen population.
250.318 Special Topic 15 credits
250.331 Health of Communities 15 credits
Strategies for assessing and promoting the health of populations are examined and local, national and international responses to health issues explored.
250.701 Quantitative Methods in Public Health 30 credits
The course provides advanced training in the selection and application of quantitative methods in public health. Topics will include: the analysis of national, regional and local health data systems, coding of disease and injury, survey design and analysis, sampling and questionnaire development, critical evaluation of statistic literature, bivariate and multivariate methods for analysing continuous and discrete public health data, and privacy and ethical considerations in the storage and analysis of health data. The course will involve using the software packages such as SAS and Stata as well as online statistical analysis software.

Public Health

250.702 Systems Thinking and Analysis 15 credits
An exploration of both soft and hard systems thinking approaches applied to the analytics and evaluation processes. Students will use systems thinking ideas and tools for critical thinking in problem definition, issue analysis, decision making and action.
250.703 Health Communication 15 credits
This course examines the primary factors that influence the effective communication and adoption of positive health behaviours by individuals and communities. Students will review: micro and macro-level theories of health communication; audience engagement and persuasion; the impact of evolving public attitudes to health knowledge; innovative methods for health communication.

Health

250.704 Special Topic 15 credits
250.705 Special Topic 30 credits
250.741 Managing Professional Practice 30 credits
The management and leadership of health professional practice in the New Zealand context is examined and discussed.
250.801 Special Topic 30 credits

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