Examines selected major health problems in order to deepen understanding of epidemiological concepts and to review current knowledge about the distribution, determinants and prospects for control of these conditions.
This paper provides a population perspective on selected health issues and considers
the relative importance of these problems in New Zealand and internationally. It also
highlights the importance of reliable evidence to the effective control of major health
problems. On completion of the paper, students should be in a better position to
make a constructive and knowledgeable contribution to discussions about health and
healthcare-related issues. For instance, students will be better equipped to assess
published literature, media reports and other sources of health information and to
judge their accuracy and relevance. Moreover, by considering how knowledge about
various health conditions has evolved, students will have a basis for assessing new
information as it emerges in the future.
PUBH 211 can be taken as a stand-alone paper or as part of a minor in Public Health.
|Paper title||Epidemiology of Global Health Conditions|
|Teaching period||First Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,038.45|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$4,680.00|
- (HEAL 192 or HEAL 101 or HEAL 201 or PUBH 192) and 90 further points from Arts and Music or Science Schedule C or BHealSc Schedule Part 1.
- HEAL 211
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music, Science
- Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted with special approval.
- Suitable for students undertaking any degree who meet the prerequisites.
- Teaching staff
- Senior epidemiology staff in the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine
Convenor: Dr Rachael McLean
- Paper Structure
- The paper consists of five modules, which focus on particular topics:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Mental disorders
Assessment is based on:
- Five short homework tasks (collectively worth 8% of the final grade)
- A compulsory assignment proposal (2% of the final grade)
- A two-part assignment (30% of the final grade)
- A three-hour examination (60% of the final grade)
- Textbooks are not required for this paper.
A course book with the relevant readings will be provided.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy.
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- Learning Outcomes
- The overall aim of this paper is to examine selected major health problems in order to deepen understanding of epidemiological concepts and to review current knowledge about the distribution, determinants and prospects for control of these conditions.