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This course introduces students to the history and organisation of health services and public health, with particular relevance to New Zealand. Students will develop an understanding of the structure and function of the New Zealand health system, including the provision, planning, and funding of health services.
Students will develop an understanding of the structure and function of the New Zealand health system, including the provision, planning, and funding of health services.IntroductionStudents will learn how health systems and health policy can influence health status. Students will be able to identify strengths and weaknesses of the New Zealand health system compared with systems in other countries. This provides students taking the Public Health major with an essential understanding of health systems, policy, legislation, and regulation, and to meet the relevant competencies required for the public health sector workforce.
By the end of the course students will be able to:Describe the history of the New Zealand health systemIdentify how health systems influence health statusExplain how policy is developed and how policy can influence healthDescribe characteristics of health systems worldwideRecognise and explain the similarities and differences between the New Zealand health system and other health systems
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Either 15 points in HLTH or any 45 points
Lectures and Lecturers:The course will be taught by staff from the School of Health Sciences and a number of guests invited from within the University and the health sector.
For further information see
School of Health Sciences
Head of Department
The structure of the course will be a weekly two-hour lecture and weekly one-hour laboratory/ tutorial. The course builds on and complements concepts introduced in HLTH101 Introduction to Health Studies, HLTH110 Epidemiology, HLTH201 Health Promotion, HLTH202 Health in New Zealand, and HLTH106 Nga Take, Te Wero: Māori Health Issues and Opportunities.Class Topics/Modules (indicate number of lectures)1. Introduction to health systems: primary care, secondary care, tertiary care, public health 2. The history of the New Zealand health system 3. Key health sector organisations in New Zealand4. Examples of health systems (USA, UK, Australia, Scandinavian health systems)5. How health systems influence health status6. Access to health care and unmet need for care7. Health systems funding8. Health information9. Health policy10. Policy development – barriers and enablers11. Corporations, the media and health policy
There are no Required Texts for this course.Required Reading:Each session will have assigned readings that will be referenced on LEARN, the University’s online course support website http://www.learn.canterbury.ac.nz/, or sourced by students from the UC library databases. Students are expected to have read these prior to each session.Students will be required to access and download PDF files of journal articles from UC Library.Additional material/information is available fromhttp://canterbury.libguides.com/content.php?pid=24326&sid=194845
All forms of cheating and dishonest practice are taken seriously and penalties will result. Students should refer to Regulation J of the General Course and Examination Regulations.
Assessment for HLTH213 will comprise completion of two assignments. A student will be expected to spend at least 5 hours per week in addition to lectures and tutorials in preparation for classes and completion of course assessments.Assignments are graded on the University of Canterbury Grading Scale: Grade GPA Value MarksA+ 9 90 – 100A 8 85 – 89.99A- 7 80 – 84.99B+ 6 75 – 79.99B 5 70 – 74.99B- 4 65 – 69.99C+ 3 60 – 64.99C 2 55 – 59.99C- 1 50 – 54.99D 0 40 – 49.99E -1 0 – 39.99A pass is 50 marks or over.
Attendance at class sessions is expected throughout the course. Students must attend and participate in the course sufficiently to meet the learning outcomes. Tutorial participation marks make up 30% of the course grade; students are advised to attend and participate in all tutorial sessions Students and staff are expected to behave in a professional manner during class i.e. arrive on time, refrain from mobile phone use and inform the lecturer if they must leave early.
Work handed in after the due date with no extension granted is considered late. Late work will incur a penalty of 2% mark reduction per day after the specified deadline. Days late include weekend and holidays. Lecturers reserve the right not to mark late work, and no work will be accepted after assignments have been returned.
Written assignments must be word processed. Assignments will be submitted electronically. Keep a copy of all assignments.
Under exceptional circumstances (eg illness, accident, bereavement or critical personal circumstances) individual students may be granted an extension of the due date for an assignment. Requests for extensions should be emailed to the lecturer at least two days prior to the due date for the assignment. Relevant evidence such as a medical certificate or a letter from a counsellor may be required.
Resubmissions of assignments are not permitted in this course.
Annabel Ahuriri-Driscoll and Raesha Ismail are in charge of liaison with students in the undergraduate health sciences courses as the BHSci programme coordinator in the School of Health Sciences. Your class will appoint a student representative to the liaison committee at the start of the semester. Please feel free to talk to the Academic Liaison or the student rep about any problems or concerns that you might have.
Students with disabilities may access the University’s Disability Resource Service to access support. Further information can be found on their website: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/disability/
Students should, in the first instance, speak to the course co-ordinator about their grades. If they cannot reach an agreeable solution, students should then speak to the Head of School, Health Sciences. If you remain unhappy with the result of any of your examination or your final course grade, you may appeal against that result. See: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/exams/results.shtmlFor up to four weeks after the release of results a candidate may apply to the Examination Arrangements Senior Co-ordinator for a Reconsideration of Grade. The reconsideration will normally consist of a re-marking and re-counting of the final exam script, together with a recount of the marks awarded for any other items of work. If you have extenuating circumstances which affected your performance in your examination, you should view the information on Special Considerations.
Students may apply for special consideration if their performance in an assessment is affected by extenuating circumstances beyond their control.Applications for special consideration should be submitted via the Examinations Office website http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/exams/ within five days of the assessment. Where an extension may be granted for an assessment, this will be decided by direct application to the Course Co-ordinator and an application to the Examinations Office may not be required. Special consideration is not available for items worth less than 10% of the course.Students prevented by extenuating circumstances from completing the course after the final date for withdrawing, may apply for special consideration for late discontinuation of the course. Applications must be submitted to the Examinations Office within five days of the end of the main examination period for the semester.
In rare cases a student will not be able to sit a test. In such cases, the student should consult with the course co-ordinator to arrange alternative procedures. This must be done well in advance of the set date for the test.
Students will be expected to submit their assessment via the online assessment system in the Learn class site by 5.00 pm on or before the due date. The lecturer may also require student assessments be processed through the software Turnitin, to check for plagiarism. It is the responsibility of the students to check their Internet access and ability to submit their work via the online system. Any technical difficulties should be notified well in advance of the due date so that assistance can be provided or alternative arrangements can be negotiated. If you require assistance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 366 7001 ext 6060.Assignments not collected in class may be collected from the College of Education, Health and Human Development’s Assignment Room located in the College Office – Ōrakipaoa on the Dovedale campus.
Domestic fee $746.00
International fee $3,038.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
This course will not be offered if fewer than 20 people apply to enrol.
For further information see
School of Health Sciences