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Master of Health Sciences Professional Practice (Health and Community)

Health and Community sceneUC School of Health Sciences has a public health focus, and public health is traditionally aimed at the population level and epidemiological data often drive public health programmes.  For example, campaigns targeting smoking reduction, healthy lifestyles and driving while intoxicated are generally disseminated to the populace as a whole. Within the last decades, public health has also sought to promote wellbeing to targeted groups, such as young people (bullying), families (domestic violence) and the elderly (avoiding falls at home).   Some recent studies indicate that public health programmes targeted at the population or risk-group level may have moderate effectiveness, but may need strengthening.  This may be particularly true for hap? and wh?nau (Cram et al, 2003).

The social model of health strongly identifies the contributions of communities and social networks to health and wellbeing.   The understanding of how communities contribute to health and wellbeing, and the inclusion of this understanding to increase the effectiveness of health promotion, is a necessity. This endorsement helps students understand the intersection in a community -- between individual health, medicine, and population health. Fry and Zask (2016) describe the need to strengthen community action by “expanding the resources and capacity of communities to make decisions and take collective action to increase their control over the determinants of their health; actions can include developing programmes or networks, and advocacy for service or programme improvements, organizational change and/or for public policy change”.  This endorsement is aimed at supporting students skills to contribute to health at a community level

In addition to the courses required for the endorsement at the PGDip level, the Masters of Professional Practice (Health and Community) incudes HLTH463 Whanau and Community Health and HLTH464 Research Approaches for Health which gives you additional depth for your practice.

You can start in either February (Semester 1) or July (Semester 2). This degree normally takes 3 semesters full time or 6 semesters part time. 

For specific information about 2017 courses, when you get to the general course page, please click on the red link for the course occurrence.

February Start (Full-time) Semester 1

Part-time students please check with a student advisor before enrolling.

Structure

Semester 1, Year 1

Semester 2, Year 1

Semester 1, Year 2

Required courses
90 pts

HLTH463 Whanau and Community Health
(30 pts)

HLTH469 Health Issues in the Community
(30 pts)
HLTH464 Research Approaches for Health
(30 pts)
90 pts from the schedule or GEOG401 or other approved courses
(Normally one per semester)

GEOG401 Well-Being, Community and Place
(30 pts)

HLTH402 Health Information Management 
(30 pts)

GEOG401 Well-Being, Community and Place
(30 pts)

HLTH401 Health and Health Systems
(30 pts)

HLTH403 Environmental Health
(30 pts)

HLTH401 Health and Health Systems
(30 pts)

HLTH430 Motivating Behaviour Change I
(30 pts)

HLTH407 Bioethics
(30 pts)

HLTH430 Motivating Behaviour Change I
(30 pts)

HLTH460 Critical Appraisal in Health Research
(30 pts)

HLTH409 Health and Culture
(30 pts)

HLTH460 Critical Appraisal in Health Research
(30 pts)

  HLTH431 Motivating Behaviour Change 2
(30 pts) (if took HLTH430 in S1)
 
 

HLTH467 Mental Health and Addictions
(30 pts)

 
 

HLTH468 Acute and Long Term Health Care
(30 pts)

 

July Start (Full-time) Semester 2

Part-time students please check with a student advisor before enrolling.

Structure

Semester 2, Year 1

Semester 1, Year 2

Semester 2, Year 2

Required courses
90 pts
HLTH469 Health Issues in the Community
(30 pts)

HLTH463 Whanau and Community Health
(30 pts)

 
  HLTH464 Research Approaches for Health
(30 pts)
 
90 pts from the schedule or GEOG401 or other approved courses
(Normally one per semester)
HLTH402 Health Information Management 
(30 pts)
  HLTH402 Health Information Management 
(30 pts)

HLTH403 Environmental Health
(30 pts)

 

HLTH403 Environmental Health
(30 pts)

HLTH407 Bioethics
(30 pts)

 

HLTH407 Bioethics
(30 pts)

HLTH409 Health and Culture
(30 pts)

 

HLTH409 Health and Culture
(30 pts)

HLTH431 Motivating Behaviour Change 2
(30 pts) (if took HLTH430 in S1)
  HLTH431 Motivating Behaviour Change 2
(30 pts) (if took HLTH430 in S1)

HLTH467 Mental Health and Addictions
(30 pts)

 

HLTH467 Mental Health and Addictions
(30 pts)

HLTH468 Acute and Long Term Health Care
(30 pts)

 

HLTH468 Acute and Long Term Health Care
(30 pts)

Part-time students would usually complete one or two courses per semester to total 30 points.

Full-time students would usually complete two to four courses per semester to total 60 points.

Please refer to individual course webpages for further details regarding course dates, workshops and other attendance requirements.