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CMHC301 Applied Aspects of Human Health

Approaches a selection of key health issues, integrating basic sciences, health psychology, ethics and communication.

This paper extends students’ understanding of people’s interactions with the New Zealand health system. Health conditions, illness, injury and disability and their treatments will be investigated within the context of an ethical, holistic and caring philosophy towards healthcare system users and professionals.

Paper title Applied Aspects of Human Health
Paper code CMHC301
Subject Community Health Care
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $886.35
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,766.35

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CMHC 201
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Paper Structure

The paper covers the legal and ethical principles and frameworks, symptoms, presentation and treatments for a range of physical and mental health conditions as well as the key principles for healthcare workers and professionals. Students will have the opportunity to experience a brief placement in a healthcare setting.



  • Two written assignments: each worth 20% of the total final grade
  • One presentation worth 10% of the total final grade
  • A three-hour exam, worth 50% of the total final grade
Teaching Arrangements

Teaching involves five lectures a fortnight and a weekly tutorial. These are interactive and encourage student critical thought, participation and teamwork.


Dr Judith Sligo (

Teaching staff

Dr Judith Sligo (Convenor) and a range of expert guest lecturers.


Textbooks are not required for this paper; a course book is provided, and key readings are placed on Blackboard.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate knowledge of illness, injury and disability in adults
  2. Effectively prepare and deliver presentations to professional and patient groups
  3. Independently research and prepare patient information
  4. Effectively and professionally be able to interview patients and their families with support
  5. Demonstrate a knowledge of what support services are available and how to refer
  6. Articulate proficiency of knowledge in order to negotiate care
  7. Work effectively and professionally with people to assess needs and identify services
  8. Assimilate, filter and critically analyse a broad range of information
  9. Conduct research by recognising when information is needed.
  10. Demonstrate skills in human interaction to:
    1. work with individuals and their families/whanau to identify needs and access services, and
    2. communicate with competence across all media.
  11. Demonstrate and understanding of and a commitment to ethical knowledge and practice

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41
B1 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
C1 Wednesday 09:00-09:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38-40


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Monday 15:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41
A2 Tuesday 15:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41