HLTH469-22S2 (C) Semester Two 2022

Health Issues in the Community

This occurrence is not offered in 2022

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 18 July 2022
End Date: Sunday, 13 November 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 31 July 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 2 October 2022


This course provides the foundation for students to understand the health issues in the community and to develop skills related to improving it. Students are introduced to the concepts, practices and skills to effect better health and wellbeing within communities.

In HLTH469 you will choose one health issue and a focus community for the whole course. All three modules and assessments will be based around your health issue and community.

Module 1 supports students to think through who they are as cultural beings/products of culture, and how this might have a bearing on their engagement with their chosen community, and their future work within the health sector. Students will reflect on and develop their cultural competence, critical consciousness and cultural humility in the course of classroom activities and assessments.

Module 2 is designed to help students identify a preventive strategy or intervention that could improve the health of a community. Class sessions will include discussion about modifiable risk factors, types of preventive strategy, and evaluation of published preventive strategies.

Module 3 builds on the first two modules. It is designed to develop your confidence in facilitating within a community setting. You will explore a range of interactive facilitation strategies and apply one pedagogical tool to your topic of interest. Your final assessment will involve facilitating an aspect of your education strategy.

Feedback from students

“This course is for anyone passionate about community health and wellbeing or working with others. This course was able to challenge me and help me step out of my comfort zone. I gained an understanding of cultural competency, research, and facilitation skills that I can actually use outside of the course. The material we learn is engaging and often fun!” Sarah

“Very interactive and using all the course work can dive into running my own workshop for my focus group.” Cherry

“I felt the class became a class where people were not afraid to discuss differing opinions, rather than simply a group of people who had been placed in a classroom together. I thought the use of food to help people make connections was really good” Sapphire

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Kaaren Mathias


Rachael Dixon and Annabel Ahuriri-Driscoll


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Cultural competence reflection and presentation 14 Aug 2022 25%
Research essay and presentation 02 Oct 2022 40%
Educational strategy assignment and facilitation 23 Oct 2022 35%

Additional Course Outline Information

Academic integrity

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 (http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/regulations/general/general_regs_dishonest_practice.shtml).

Assessment and grading system

Assignments are graded on the University of Canterbury Grading Scale:  

Grade    GPA Value        Marks

A+              9            90 – 100
A                8            85 – 89.99
A-               7            80 – 84.99
B+              6            75 – 79.99
B                5            70 – 74.99
B-               4            65 – 69.99
C+              3            60 – 64.99
C                2            55 – 59.99
C-               1            50 – 54.99
D                0            40 – 49.99
E               -1             0 – 39.99

A 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. 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. Due to the practical nature of this course, the lecturer reserves the right to determine that insufficient attendance has affected a student’s ability to meet learning outcomes.

Late submission of work

Work handed in after the due date with no extension granted is considered late. Late work will incur a penalty of 10% per day of the original grade. Days late include weekend and holidays. Work will not be marked after 5 days. Lecturers reserve the right not to mark late work, and no work will be accepted after assignments have been returned.

Other specific requirements

Written assignments must be word processed. Assignments will be submitted electronically. Keep a copy of all assignments.

Requests for extensions

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 is required.


Resubmissions of assignments are not permitted in this course.

Reconsideration of Grade

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 assignments, examination, or your final course grade, you may appeal against that result. See: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/exams/results.shtml

Special Consideration of Assessment Items

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.

Where to submit and collect work

Students will be expected to submit their assessments via the online assessment system dropbox in the Learn (Moodle) class site by 11:55pm on or before the due date. All assessments will be subjected to 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. (Students who have unreliable internet access are advised to attend to this early in the course to prevent last minute pressures.) If you require assistance, please email ictservicedesk@canterbury.ac.nz, or phone 0800 763 676 ext 6060.

The lecturer will inform the class if a hard-copy of any assessment is required.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $2,255.00

* 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.

For further information see School of Health Sciences .

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