Examines selected global 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 globally. It also highlights the importance of reliable evidence to the effective control of major health problems. On completion of the paper, students will 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, as part of a minor in Public Health or as part of a major in Public Health in the Bachelor of Health Sciences.
|Paper title||Epidemiology of Global Health Conditions|
|Teaching period||First Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,080.30|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$5,159.70|
- (HEAL 192 or POPH 192 or PUBH 192) and 90 further points
- 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
Convenor: Dr Rebecca Brookland
- Paper Structure
The paper consists of five modules, which focus on particular topics:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Mental disorders
- Infectious diseases
Each module includes a series of lectures and tutorials. There are also three more general tutorials during the semester.
Assessment is based on:
- A compulsory assignment proposal (5% of the final grade)
- A two-part assignment (35% of the final grade)
- A three-hour examination (60% of the final grade)
Textbooks are not required for this paper.
A course book and 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.