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GENA737 Obesity Prevention and Management

2021 information for papers will be published in early September. 

Determinants of obesity, evidence-based strategies for prevention and management, and the role of primary health care and community through individual, societal and environmental actions

This interprofessional paper will give an overview of the evidence base for individual, group, primary health care and community approaches, facilitating health professionals and community workers to develop a solid foundation of knowledge, skills and attitudes on which to deliver obesity prevention and management interventions.

Paper title Obesity Prevention and Management
Paper code GENA737
Subject General Practice
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,857.50
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $10,363.00

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GENA 733, GENX 733
Limited to
Includes a residential period.
Suitable for health professionals and community workers from a range of disciplines

Enrolments for this paper are limited, and it requires departmental permission. View more information about limitations of enrolment.
Teaching staff
Convenor: Lesley Gray
Paper Structure

Elective paper for: Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Health Care (PGCertPHC) and Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Health Care (PGDipPHC)

Compulsory Paper for: Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc and PGDipHealSc) endorsed in Obesity Prevention and Management

Material is presented in self-directed learning modules covering the following topics:

  • Aetiology of obesity
  • Evidence for prevention and management of obesity
  • Systems and drivers for change in prevention and management of obesity
  • Attitudes towards obesity: stigma, bias and associated ethical considerations
  • Planning and implementing change in primary health care and community settings
Teaching Arrangements

One compulsory 3 day residential programme in Wellington, dates to be advised.  Other learning at a distance via Blackboard, online videoconferencing and self-directed.

Study Skills support is provided through automatic enrolment in the no-charge Study Skills Blackboard GENA700, which contains resources and technology support and is accompanied by monthly Zoom Study Skills videoconferences.

All resources available either via Blackboard or other online resources.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.

Please also refer to the Department of Primary Health Care & General Practice Graduate Profile.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this paper, the student will:
  • Critically appraise the evidence basis for primary health care and community based prevention and management of obesity
  • Apply knowledge and skills required for the prevention and management of obesity in own workplace environment
  • Contribute towards a system-wide approach to the prevention and management of obesity in New Zealand with appreciation of other's roles
  • Approach obesity prevention and management in a non-stigmatising and ethical manner

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system