Health Behaviour Change
Behaviours which may be injurious to health are widespread in our society – smoking, hazardous drinking, inadequate diet, lack of exercise – and many chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, require lifestyle behaviour change as part of their management. Changing such behaviours can be difficult, requiring time and considerable effort and motivation.
Motivational interviewing (MI) is a collaborative conversation style for strengthening a person’s own motivation and commitment for change. Research shows that with appropriate training, MI may be used by various health workers to facilitate change of addictive and unhealthy behaviours. The health behaviour change programme has the potential to strengthen significantly the health workforce skill base needed to address several objectives of Aotearoa New Zealand Health and Disability strategies.
The Health Behaviour Change 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 Health Behaviour Change within Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally.
You can start 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 (Health Behaviour Change) 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 Behaviour Change endorsement (60 pts)||HLTH 430 Motivating Behaviour Change I (30 pts)||HLTH 431 Motivating Behaviour Change 2 (30 pts)|
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|Choose 60 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 460 Critical Appraisal in Health Research (30 pts)
HLTH 463 Whanau and Community Health (30 pts)
HLTH 472 Quantitative Methods in Health Research (Introductions to Psychometric Theory and Administration) (15 pts)
HLTH 402 Health Information Management (30 pts)
HLTH 442 Special Topic: Research related to Complementary and Alternative Medicine/Integrated Medicine (CAM/IM) (30 pts)
Please refer to individual course webpages for further details regarding course dates, workshops and other attendance requirements.
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