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||Second Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,080.30|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$5,159.70|
- HEAL 192, PUBH 192
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music, Science
- Teaching staff
Professional Practice Fellow: Janine Tansley
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
- Test 1: 20%,
- A combination of multi-choice questions and short-answer questions assessing Modules 1 and 2.
- Test 2: 15%, 45 minutes
- Multi-choice questions assessing Modules 3 and 4.
- Exam: 65%, 3 hours
- Teaching Arrangements
Students are expected to attend three 50-minute lectures a week. There are a total of 38 lectures over the semester.
The lectures are 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. There are no terms requirements for class attendance.
POPH 192 runs a drop-in help-desk service called 'tutor hours' staffed by POPH 192 teaching staff. During tutor hours our 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.
Tutor hours are held on the ground floor of the Wellcome building. Students are not limited in the number of times they can attend tutor hours. Students are able to attend in small groups or individually. Tutor hours opening times will be listed on the Blackboard page for POPH 192.
Webb P, and Bain C. Essential Epidemiology: An Introduction for Students and Health Professionals (3rd edition). New York: Cambridge University Press. 2017.
Additional short readings will be supplied to students through eReserve.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding,
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- 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; and
- Appreciate the complexity of health and well-being.