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PUBH739 Special Topic: Introduction to Pacific Public Health

An introduction to key aspects of, and approaches to, Pacific public health.

This distance taught paper introduces students to key aspects of, and approaches to, Pacific public health. Students will gain a critical understanding of the historical and political factors that impact on the health of Pacific people. They will learn about Pacific models of health and frameworks for intervention and critically appraise the determinants of health of Pacific peoples. Students will apply understanding of Pacific public health values and practices to promote the health of Pacific peoples. The paper focuses on Pacific peoples, including Pacific migrants in countries such as Aotearoa New Zealand.

Paper title Special Topic: Introduction to Pacific Public Health
Paper code PUBH739
Subject Public Health
EFTS 0.1250
Points 15 points
Teaching period 1st Non standard period (31 August 2020 - 23 October 2020)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,428.75
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,181.50

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Limited to
MA, MHealSc, MPH, MSc, DPH, PGDipArts, PGDipHealMgt, PGDipHealSc, PGDipPH, PGCertPHC
Notes
Only available to students admitted to the postgraduate public health programme or equivalent–undergraduate degree with cumulative GPA of 5.
Eligibility

Inquiries are welcome from students who have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline or recognised equivalent.

Contact

publichealth.uow@otago.ac.nz

Teaching staff

Dr Viliami Puloka

Paper Structure
  1. What is it to be Pacific? Epidemiology and sociology of Pacific peoples. (block day)
  2. The history and politics of the Pacific
  3. Determinants of Health 1
  4. Determinants of Health 2
  5. Effective public health action by Pacific communities; at the community level
  6. Effective public health action by Pacific communities; at the regional and global level
  7. Assessment week

Assignment 1: 40%

Assignment 2: 60%

Teaching Arrangements

Distance taught through 2 hour weekly webinars with a one-day workshop in Wellington.

Textbooks

Text to be confirmed
Please contact the Department.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to do the following for Pacific peoples including for Pacific migrants in countries such as Aotearoa New Zealand:

  1. Critically reflect on what is to be Pacific and the epidemiology and sociology of Pacific peoples
  2. Demonstrate understanding of Pacific models of health and frameworks for intervention
  3. Apply critical understanding of the nature and context of historical and political factors related to Pacific health and their impact on the health of Pacific peoples
  4. Critically appraise the determinants of the health of Pacific peoples
  5. Demonstrate and apply understanding of Pacific public health values and practices to improve, promote and protect the health of Pacific peoples.

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Timetable

1st Non standard period (31 August 2020 - 23 October 2020)

Location
Wellington
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Moodle