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PUBH745 Introduction to Pacific Public Health

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An introduction to key aspects of, and approaches to, Pacific public health.

This distance taught paper introduces students to key aspects of, and approaches to, Pacific public health. Students will gain a critical understanding of the historical and political factors that impact on the health of Pacific people. They will learn about Pacific models of health and frameworks for intervention and critically appraise the determinants of health of Pacific peoples. Students will apply understanding of Pacific public health values and practices to promote the health of Pacific peoples. The paper focuses on Pacific peoples, including Pacific migrants in countries such as Aotearoa New Zealand.

Paper title Introduction to Pacific Public Health
Paper code PUBH745
Subject Public Health
EFTS 0.125
Points 15 points
Teaching period 1st Non standard period (5 September 2022 - 28 October 2022) (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,469.00
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Limited to
MA(Coursework), MA (Thesis), MHealSc, MPH, MSc, DPH, PGDipArts, BA (Hons), PGDipHealMgt, PGDipHealSc, PGDipPH, PGCertPHC
Notes
(i) Only available to students admitted to a postgraduate public health programme or who have completed an equivalent–undergraduate degree with cumulative GPA of 5. (ii) May not be credited with PUBH739 completed in 2020 or 2021
Eligibility

Inquiries are welcome from students who have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline or recognised equivalent.

Contact

publichealth.wellington@otago.ac.nz

Teaching staff

Dr Viliami Puloka

Paper Structure
  1. What is it to be Pacific? Epidemiology and sociology of Pacific peoples. (block day)
  2. The history and politics of the Pacific
  3. Determinants of Health 1
  4. Determinants of Health 2
  5. Effective public health action by Pacific communities; at the community level
  6. Effective public health action by Pacific communities; at the regional and global level
  7. Assessment week

Assignment 1: 40%
Assignment 2: 60%

Teaching Arrangements

Distance taught through 2 hour weekly webinars Mondays 4-6pm, with a one-day workshop in Wellington TBC the week of 5th September.

Textbooks

Text to be confirmed
Please contact the Department.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised

Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to do the following for Pacific peoples including for Pacific migrants in countries such as Aotearoa New Zealand:

  • Critically reflect on what is to be Pacific and the epidemiology and sociology of Pacific peoples
  • Demonstrate understanding of Pacific models of health and frameworks for intervention
  • Apply critical understanding of the nature and context of historical and political factors related to Pacific health and their impact on the health of Pacific peoples
  • Critically appraise the determinants of the health of Pacific peoples
  • Demonstrate and apply understanding of Pacific public health values and practices to improve, promote and protect the health of Pacific peoples

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Timetable

1st Non standard period (5 September 2022 - 28 October 2022)

Location
Wellington
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard