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POPH192 Population Health

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
Paper code POPH192
Subject Public Health
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,059.15
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,914.00

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Restriction
HEAL 192, PUBH 192
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Science
Contact

POPH192@otago.ac.nz

helen.harcombe@otago.ac.nz

ruth.fitzgerald@otago.ac.nz

Teaching staff

Course Co-Convenors: Dr Helen Harcombe and Professor Ruth Fitzgerald

Professional Practice Fellow: Janine Tansley

Teaching Fellows: Jessica Meiklejohn, Carly Collins

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

Assessment Tasks:

  • Test 1: 20%, 1 hour
    • 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.

Textbooks

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, Ethics, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

By the end of the paper students will be able to:

  1. Understand how health and disease in Aotearoa New Zealand and other countries are described;
  2. Understand how the major influences on the health of populations and individuals are determined;
  3. Understand and apply epidemiological methods to assess the quality of health information in scientific literature and mass media; and
  4. Appreciate the complexity of health and well-being.

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Monday 15:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41
Friday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41
A2 Monday 15:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41
Friday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41
A3 Monday 17:00-17:50 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41
Friday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41
A4 Monday 17:00-17:50 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41
Friday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Monday 10:00-12:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
T2 Monday 10:00-12:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
T3 Monday 10:00-12:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
T4 Monday 10:00-12:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
T5 Monday 12:00-14:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
T6 Monday 12:00-14:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
T7 Monday 13:00-15:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
T8 Monday 13:00-15:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
T9 Monday 14:00-16:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
T10 Monday 14:00-16:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
T11 Tuesday 09:00-11:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
T12 Tuesday 09:00-11:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
T13 Tuesday 12:00-14:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
T14 Tuesday 12:00-14:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
T15 Tuesday 12:00-14:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
T16 Tuesday 12:00-14:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
T17 Tuesday 13:00-15:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
T18 Tuesday 13:00-15:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
T19 Tuesday 16:00-18:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
T20 Tuesday 16:00-18:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
T21 Wednesday 10:00-12:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
T22 Wednesday 10:00-12:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
T23 Wednesday 10:00-12:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
T24 Wednesday 10:00-12:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
T25 Wednesday 13:00-15:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
T26 Wednesday 13:00-15:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
T27 Wednesday 16:00-18:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
T28 Wednesday 16:00-18:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
T29 Thursday 09:00-11:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
T30 Thursday 09:00-11:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
T31 Thursday 09:00-11:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
T32 Thursday 09:00-11:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
T33 Thursday 12:00-14:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
T34 Thursday 12:00-14:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
T35 Thursday 13:00-15:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
T36 Thursday 13:00-15:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
T37 Thursday 13:00-15:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
T38 Thursday 13:00-15:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
T39 Thursday 16:00-18:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
T40 Thursday 16:00-18:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
T41 Friday 09:00-11:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
T42 Friday 09:00-11:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
T43 Friday 09:00-11:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
T44 Friday 09:00-11:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
T45 Friday 09:00-11:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
T46 Friday 09:00-11:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
T47 Friday 12:00-14:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
T48 Friday 12:00-14:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
T49 Friday 12:00-14:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
T50 Friday 12:00-14:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
T51 Friday 12:00-14:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
T52 Friday 12:00-14:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41

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
Paper code POPH192
Subject Public Health
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,080.30
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,159.70

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Restriction
HEAL 192, PUBH 192
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Science
Contact

POPH192@otago.ac.nz

helen.harcombe@otago.ac.nz

ruth.fitzgerald@otago.ac.nz

Teaching staff

Course Co-Convenors: Dr Helen Harcombe and Professor Ruth Fitzgerald

Professional Practice Fellow: Janine Tansley

Teaching Fellows: Jessica Meiklejohn, Carly Collins

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

Assessment Tasks:

  • Test 1: 20%, 1 hour
    • 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.

Textbooks

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, Ethics, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

By the end of the paper students will be able to:

  1. Understand how health and disease in Aotearoa New Zealand and other countries are described;
  2. Understand how the major influences on the health of populations and individuals are determined;
  3. Understand and apply epidemiological methods to assess the quality of health information in scientific literature and mass media; and
  4. Appreciate the complexity of health and well-being.

^ Top of page

Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Monday 15:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41
Friday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41
A2 Monday 15:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41
Friday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41
A3 Monday 17:00-17:50 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41
Friday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41
A4 Monday 17:00-17:50 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41
Friday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Monday 10:00-12:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
T2 Monday 10:00-12:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
T3 Monday 10:00-12:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
T4 Monday 10:00-12:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
T5 Monday 12:00-14:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
T6 Monday 12:00-14:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
T7 Monday 13:00-15:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
T8 Monday 13:00-15:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
T9 Monday 14:00-16:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
T10 Monday 14:00-16:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
T11 Tuesday 09:00-11:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
T12 Tuesday 09:00-11:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
T13 Tuesday 12:00-14:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
T14 Tuesday 12:00-14:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
T15 Tuesday 12:00-14:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
T16 Tuesday 12:00-14:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
T17 Tuesday 13:00-15:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
T18 Tuesday 13:00-15:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
T19 Tuesday 16:00-18:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
T20 Tuesday 16:00-18:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
T21 Wednesday 10:00-12:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
T22 Wednesday 10:00-12:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
T23 Wednesday 10:00-12:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
T24 Wednesday 10:00-12:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
T25 Wednesday 13:00-15:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
T26 Wednesday 13:00-15:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
T27 Wednesday 16:00-18:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
T28 Wednesday 16:00-18:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
T29 Thursday 09:00-11:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
T30 Thursday 09:00-11:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
T31 Thursday 09:00-11:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
T32 Thursday 09:00-11:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
T33 Thursday 12:00-14:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
T34 Thursday 12:00-14:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
T35 Thursday 13:00-15:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
T36 Thursday 13:00-15:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
T37 Thursday 13:00-15:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
T38 Thursday 13:00-15:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
T39 Thursday 16:00-18:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
T40 Thursday 16:00-18:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
T41 Friday 09:00-11:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
T42 Friday 09:00-11:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
T43 Friday 09:00-11:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
T44 Friday 09:00-11:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
T45 Friday 09:00-11:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
T46 Friday 09:00-11:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
T47 Friday 12:00-14:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
T48 Friday 12:00-14:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
T49 Friday 12:00-14:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
T50 Friday 12:00-14:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
T51 Friday 12:00-14:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
T52 Friday 12:00-14:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41