Principles of protecting human health from environmental hazards and application to environmental health practice in New Zealand. Strong emphasis on developing conceptual, analytical and field-based skills for health protection.
This paper covers the principles of health protection (HP) and their application to environmental health practice in New Zealand. Topics studied include: an overview of the important environmental hazards and diseases affecting New Zealand and our region; water and air quality; food safety; indoor and work environments; infectious disease control; and environmental health emergencies. There will be a strong emphasis on developing critical skills for HP, including: environmental epidemiology; risk assessment and management; basic toxicology; HP law; HP practice to reduce health inequalities; HP indicators; public health surveillance; outbreak investigation; cluster investigation; emergency management; environmental research methods; and effective use of evidence.
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|Paper title||Health Protection|
|Teaching period||1st Non standard period (27 February 2023 - 30 April 2023) (Distance learning)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,509.38|
|International Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.|
- Limited to
- MA, MHealSc, MPH, MSc, DPH, PGDipArts, PGDipHealSc, PGDipPHC, PGCertPH, PGCertPHC
- Includes one field day in Wellington.
Students who have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline or recognised equivalent.
Department of Public Health, Wellington campus: firstname.lastname@example.org
- More information link
- View more information on postgraduate studies in Public Health
- Teaching staff
Professor Michael Baker (Overall Convenor)
Dr Lucy Telfar-Barnard
- Paper Structure
Individual sessions will include coverage of:
- Introductory concepts - the nature of HP, hazard and risk
- Frameworks and methodologies
- HP practice in New Zealand
- HP in outdoor environments
- HP in the workplace
- HP in the home
- Infectious diseases and HP
- One assignment (in two parts) - 50%
- Five webinar-based quiz assessments - 50%
- Teaching Arrangements
The Distance Learning offering of this paper is a combination of remote and in-person teaching.
Distance taught - Monday afternoon webinar sessions, 4pm - 6pm.
Compulsory, full-day field trip in Wellington, Monday March 6, 8:30am – 5:30pm.
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- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- 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
Students who successfully complete the paper will:
- Understand the principles of environmental health practice, environmental epidemiology and environmental health risk assessment and management, with particular reference to New Zealand's HP framework.
- Understand and apply the major tools available to prevent or minimise environmental hazards and diseases.
- Understand and apply the major HP tools available to control and respond to important environmental health hazards and associated diseases.