An introduction to the science of epidemiology, the study of the distribution and determinants of health and disease in human populations, and to different ways of understanding health.
|Paper title||Population Health|
|Teaching period||Semester 2 (On campus)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,141.35|
|International Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.|
- HEAL 192, PUBH 192
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music, Science
- Teaching staff
Professor Ruth Fitzgerald (Modules 1 & 2)
Dr Helen Harcombe (Modules 3 to 6)
Modules 1 & 2:
Teaching Fellows: Dr Julia Wilson, Dr Molly George, Molly McCormick and Tautemaria Silva.
Modules 3 to 6:
Senior Professional Practice Fellow: Janine Tansley
Teaching Fellows: Jess Meiklejohn and Dr Melissa Purnell.
POPH 192 also has a number of guest lecturers who are specialists in their fields presenting lectures.
- Paper Structure
POPH 192 is structured into six modules with a tutorial associated with each module:
- Module 1: Narratives of Health
- Module 2: Enablers of Well-being
- Module 3: Disease Detectives: Measuring health in populations
- Module 4: Study Designs: Establishing causes, consequences and evaluating interventions
- Module 5: Critical Thinking: Questioning assumptions and evaluating the evidence
- Module 6: Using the Evidence: Evidence-based approaches to monitoring and supporting the health of individuals and populations
- Progress Test 1: 20%
- Progress Test 2: 15%
- Exam: 65%
- Teaching Arrangements
Students are expected to attend three 50-minute lectures a week. There are a total of 38 lectures over the semester. Lectures are also recorded, and audio podcasts and PowerPoint presentations are made available to students via Blackboard after the lecture.
Students are also expected to attend six tutorials (2 hours and 50 minutes in length) during the course of the paper. Attendance at these tutorials is a terms requirement.
POPH 192 runs a help-desk service called "tutor hours". This service will be run online, via Zoom. Please check Blackboard for a list of times that tutor hours are available, and for information about how to access tutor hours. During tutor hours, POPH 192 teaching staff are able to answer specific questions about paper content and concepts that you would like clarified. We strongly encourage students to use this opportunity to add to your learning.
Readings and viewings for Modules 1 and 2 will be supplied through eReserve.
For Modules 3-6 the required text book is: Webb P, and Bain C. Essential Epidemiology: An Introduction for Students and Health Professionals (4th edition). New York: Cambridge University Press. 2020.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding,
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
- Learning Outcomes
By the end of the paper students will be able to:
- Understand how health and disease in Aotearoa New Zealand and other countries are described
- Understand how the major influences on the health of populations and individuals are determined
- Understand and apply epidemiological methods to assess the quality of health information in scientific literature and mass media
- Appreciate the complexity of health and well-being