Our environment and how we change our physical or social our environment affect public health and are increasingly becoming important considerations. For example, air, water, and soil pollution, farming practices, unsustainable lifestyle, food production and consumption, changes in climate, poor housing, and abusive or high-risk social environments affect our health and well-being. That environment is a major concern in health and health care is reflected in Aotearoa New Zealand’s Health and Disability Strategy.
A broad range of career opportunities exist for graduates of health sciences in environmental and health disciplines. An increasing number of positions and opportunities are available with the industries, local and central governments, community agencies and organisations, non-governmental organisations, international organisations such as The World Health Organisation, intergovernmental organisations such as IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change), NGOs, and many others.
The Environment and Health endorsement of the Postgraduate Diploma of Health Sciences, the Master of Health Sciences, and the Master of Health Sciences Professional Practice will prepare students in environmental health so that they can be employable and/or provide leadership in Environmental Health within Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally.
This major begins in either February (Semester 1) or July (Semester 2).
Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences – This is a 120-point programme generally consisting of 60 points of compulsory courses and a further 60 points from the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences Schedule.
Master of Health Sciences Professional Practice – This is a 180-point, professionally focused, coursework-based Master's degree. Following completion of the courses listed below (totalling 120 points), HLTH 463 Whanau and Community Health and HLTH 464 Research Approaches for Health are compulsory courses which are completed in Semester 1 of your second year.
Master of Health Sciences – This is a 240-point, research-focused Master's degree. Part I consists of 120 points from the table below and should include a 30 point research methods course, preferably HLTH 464 Research Approaches for Health. This is required prior to completing Part II, HLTH 690 MHealSc Thesis (120 points).
Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences Structure
|The courses listed here are recommended for the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Environment and Health) major. For a full list of courses available see the Schedule to the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences.|
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|Compulsory courses for the Environment and Health endorsement (60 pts)||HLTH 460 Critical Appraisal in Health Research (30 pts)||HLTH 403 Environmental Health (30 pts)|
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
- 60 pts from the Schedule
- GEOG 401 and another 30 pts from the Schedule
Note: The courses listed here are recommended for this major.
For a full list of courses available see the Schedule to the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences.
|HLTH 430 Motivating Behaviour Change I (30 pts)
HLTH 442 Special Topic: Research related to Complementary and Alternative Medicine/Integrated Medicine (CAM/IM) (30 pts)
HLTH 472 Introductions to Psychometric Theory and Administration (15 pts)
|HLTH 402 Health Information Management (30 pts)
HLTH 407 Bioethics (30 pts)
HLTH 408 Qualitative Health Methodologies (Special Topic: Independent Study) (15 pts)
HLTH 462 Quantitative methods in Health (15 pts)
HLTH 469 Health Issues in the Community (30 pts)
GEOG 401 Well-Being, Community and Place (30 pts)
Please refer to individual course webpages for further details regarding course dates, workshops and other attendance requirements.
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