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PUBH744 Healthy Public Policy

Introduction to public policy and its crucial role in population health. Investigation of New Zealand policymaking, process and analysis. Roles of evidence, the media, interest groups and corporations in policy development.

The goals of this paper are to develop an appreciation of the key role that public policy plays in population health and to develop skills in understanding, analysing and intervening in the making of healthy public policy. To this end, the paper is designed to critically investigate public policy and policymaking; understand the policy process and the role of evidence within it; and apply policy evaluation.

Paper title Healthy Public Policy
Paper code PUBH744
Subject Public Health
EFTS 0.1250
Points 15 points 15 points
Teaching period(s) 1st Non standard period (6 July 2020 - 21 August 2020), 1st Non standard period (6 July 2020 - 21 August 2020)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,428.75
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,181.50

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PUBH 702
Limited to
MA, MHealSc, MPH, DPH, PGDipArts, PGDipHealMgt, PGDipHealSc, PGDipPHC, PGCertPH, PGCertPHC
(i) PGCertPHC and PGDipPHC students require approval from the Board of Studies in Primary Health Care to enrol for this paper. (ii) This paper runs for the first half of the second semester.
Students who have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline or recognised equivalent

Wellington Campus:
Christchurch Campus:
Dunedin Campus:

Teaching staff

Wellington Campus: Professor Louise Signal and Dr Sarah Donovan
Dunedin Campus: Dr Rebecca Brookland (Overall Convenor)

Paper Structure
  1. Introduction to health and public policy
  2. Block Day - Analysing policy
  3. The policy cycle and process
  4. Agenda setting
  5. Institutions and stakeholders in policymaking
  6. Policy implementation and evaluation
  • Assignment 1 - 45%
  • Assignment 2 - 55%
Teaching Arrangements

Wednesday mornings: 9am-12pm
One block day: Wednesday 15 July, 9am-5pm

Text to be confirmed. Please contact the Department.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will
  • Assess the historical, socio-political and economic forces that shape public policy
  • Use policy analysis skills to critique existing policy
  • Build on the foundational knowledge to demonstrate a critical understanding of the process of development of public policy, including the role of evidence

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1st Non standard period (6 July 2020 - 21 August 2020)

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Wednesday 09:00-11:50 28, 30-33
Wednesday 09:00-16:50 29

1st Non standard period (6 July 2020 - 21 August 2020)

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system