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CMHC301 Applied Aspects of Human Health

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Approaches a selection of key health issues, integrating basic sciences, health psychology, ethics and communication.

This paper progresses students’ understanding of peoples’ interactions with the New Zealand health system and the roles of healthcare workers in the community and healthcare system. Foundational legal and ethical healthcare frameworks and the key principles for healthcare workers and professionals are addressed. The course includes teaching about prevalent physical and mental health conditions.

Paper title Applied Aspects of Human Health
Paper code CMHC301
Subject Community Health Care
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $929.55
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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CMHC 201
Schedule C
Arts and Music

Teaching staff

Dr Judith Sligo (Convenor) and a range of expert guest lecturers.

Paper Structure

The paper has five modules addressing key components of the course:

  1. Health and the health system
  2. People in the community
  3. Stages of life
  4. Comorbity
  5. Mental Health


  • Two written assignments: each worth 20% of the total final grade
  • One presentation worth 10% of the total final grade
  • A three-hour exam, worth 50% of the total final grade
Teaching Arrangements

Teaching involves five lectures a fortnight and a weekly tutorial. These are interactive and encourage student critical thought, participation and teamwork.


Textbooks are not required for this paper. A course book is provided and key readings are placed on Blackboard.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, 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 this paper will

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of illness, injury and disability in adults
  2. Effectively prepare and deliver presentations to professional and patient groups
  3. Independently research and prepare patient information
  4. Effectively and professionally be able to interview patients and their families with support
  5. Demonstrate a knowledge of what support services are available and how to refer
  6. Articulate proficiency of knowledge in order to negotiate care
  7. Work effectively and professionally with people to assess needs and identify services
  8. Assimilate, filter and critically analyse a broad range of information
  9. Conduct research by recognising when information is needed
  10. Demonstrate skills in human interaction to:
    • Work with individuals and their families/whānau to identify needs and access services
    • Communicate with competence across all media
  11. Demonstrate an understanding of and a commitment to ethical knowledge and practice

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
B1 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
C1 Wednesday 11:00-11:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38-40


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Monday 15:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41
A2 Tuesday 15:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41