Health and Community
UC School of Health Sciences draw on their public health expertise to prepare graduates of the Health and Community major with the skills and knowledge to design and implement evidence-based health interventions in community settings.
Increasingly, public health interventions target groups whose well-being is considered at-risk, such as young people and the elderly. Some recent studies indicate that public health programmes targeted at the population or risk-group level may have moderate effectiveness, and may need strengthening. This appears particularly true for hapū and whānau (Cram et al, 2003).
The social model of health strongly identifies the contributions of communities and social networks to health and well-being. This major helps students understand how communities contribute to health and well-being to increase the effectiveness of health promotion. Fry and Zask (2016) describe the need to strengthen community action by “expanding the resources and capacity of communities to make decisions and take collective action” through networking, advocacy, programme development and building healthy public policy. Current and future workers within the fields of primary health, health promotion, public health and not-for-profit health organisations will benefit from this course of study.
The Health and Community endorsement of the Postgraduate Diploma of Health Sciences, the Master of Health Sciences, and the Master of Health Sciences Professional Practice will prepare students so that they can be employable and/or provide leadership in community 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
|This table shows a suggested pathway for the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Health and Community) 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 Health and Community major
|HLTH 463 Whanau and Community Health (30 pts)||HLTH 469 Health Issues in the Community (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 464 Research Approaches for Health (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)
|GEOG 401 Well-Being, Community and Place (30 pts)
HLTH 403 Environmental Health (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)
Please refer to individual course webpages for further details regarding course dates, workshops and other attendance requirements.
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