Public Health: postgraduate papers and qualifications you can study

AUT's postgraduate public health programme provides education for public health with a strong community health development perspective.

  • It emphasises the role of social, economic, cultural, educational, environmental and other societal factors in the production and maintenance of individual and community well-being. 
  • It is designed to produce graduates with the conceptual and research knowledge for understanding community health priorities, developing and implementing community health interventions and critically evaluating their effects across a range of community health settings. 
  • The programme is underpinned with a commitment to principles of equity, social justice, empowerment and community participation and ownership.

There are three flexible entry/exit pathways to cater for students' differing prior education and professional experience and career development needs:

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health
  • Master of Public Health

More information 

  • Below is a summary only. Detailed information sheets for each paper can be downloaded or printed from the More Information web page.

Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health (AK3807) 60 points

The PgCertPH builds your capability around the key elements of public health, with an emphasis on community health and development. Topics covered:

  • Community and population perspectives on health and disease, and health systems responses. 
  • Capability for interpreting the patterns of health and disease in populations, their determinants and associated factors. 
  • An overview of behaviours that contribute to health and disease in the community and the development and implementation of appropriate interventions.

You complete papers:
PUBH801 Principles of Public Health (15 points)
PUBH804  Public Health Policy and Systems (15 points)
PUBH805 Social Epidemiology and Biostatistics (30 points)

A Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health graduate will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and critical application of principles of social justice, inclusion and community participation in public health.
  • Identify and critically analyse public health issues from a range of perspectives including biological, environmental, behavioural, occupational, social and cultural determinants.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking in the development and evaluation of public health practice.
  • Demonstrate critical awareness of political, ethical and cultural issues embedded in public health in New Zealand (Treaty of Waitangi in particular) and international contexts.
  • Demonstrate advanced skills in critical inquiry, including searching and synthesizing research literature, best practice models, theory and other relevant evidence to support public health research, policy and practice.
  • Demonstrate advanced skills in academic writing and other forms of scholarly communication for public health.

Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health (AK3806) 120 points

The PgDipPH consolidates fundamental public health concepts and has an emphasis on community health and development. It examines and consolidates community and population perspectives on health and disease, and health systems responses. It consolidates your ability to understand, define, assess critically and resolve public health and community health problems.

Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health papers* (60 points)

And 60 points from approved optional papers

A Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health graduate will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and critical application of principles of social justice, inclusion and community participation in public health.
  • Identify and critically analyse public health issues from a range of perspectives including biological, environmental, behavioural, occupational, social and cultural determinants.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking in the development and evaluation of public health practice.
  • Demonstrate critical awareness of political, ethical and cultural issues embedded in public health in New Zealand (Treaty of Waitangi in particular) and international contexts.
  • Demonstrate advanced skills in critical inquiry, including searching and synthesizing research literature, best practice models, theory and other relevant evidence to support public health research, policy and practice.
  • Demonstrate advanced skills in academic writing and other forms of scholarly communication for public health.

AND

  • Demonstrate in-depth understanding and application of a particular specialism in public health and within a global context.

OR

  • Demonstrate a breadth of knowledge and understanding across a number of public health topics and within a global context.

 

Master of Public Health (AK3805) 240 points

The MPH programme equips you with the knowledge and competencies to contribute to public health management and policy, disease control and health promotion across a wide range of populations.

The MPH provides you with the opportunity to plan, implement and complete a practice project or an evaluation project or research study in an area of public or community health.

Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health papers (120 points) and

HEAL999 Thesis** (120 points)


Or

HEAL998 Thesis (90 points) plus approved optional papers totalling 30 points

Or

HEAL901 Dissertation (60 points) plus approved optional papers totalling 60 points.

An MPH graduate (in addition to the criteria for the PGDipPH) will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and critical application of principles of social justice, inclusion and community participation in public health.
  • Identify and critically analyse public health issues from a range of perspectives including biological, environmental, behavioural, occupational, social and cultural determinants.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking in the development and evaluation of public health practice.
  • Demonstrate critical awareness of political, ethical and cultural issues embedded in public health in New Zealand (Treaty of Waitangi in particular) and international contexts.
  • Demonstrate advanced skills in critical inquiry, including searching and synthesizing research literature, best practice models, theory and other relevant evidence to support public health research, policy and practice.
  • Demonstrate advanced skills in academic writing and other forms of scholarly communication for public health.
  • Plan, implement and complete a primary research project in an area of public health.
  • Contribute to the wider research evidence base and scholarly debates in public health.

AND

  • Demonstrate in-depth understanding and application of a particular specialism in public health and within a global context.

OR

  • Demonstrate a breadth of knowledge and understanding across a number of public health topics and within a global context.

Public Health optional papers are:

HEAL808 Quantitative Research II ** (15 points)
HEAL810 Qualitative Research II ** (15 points)
HEAL811 Integrative Research (15 points)
HEAL816 Special Topic^^ (15 points)
HEAL825 Applied Health Care Ethics (15 points)
HEAL840 Critical Inquiry for Evidence Based Practice^ (15 points)
HLAW801 Health Law (15 points)
HPRM801 Nutrition and Health Promotion (30 points)
MAOH801 Te Rangahau Hauora Māori – Māori Health Research Practice (15 points)
MAOH802 Taunga a Mahi Hauora Māori – Māori Healthcare Practice (30 points)
MAOH803 Effective Supervision in Maori Health (15 points)
PUBH802 Public Health Programme Management
PUBH803 International and Migrant Health
SPEX802 Physical Activity and Health Promotion (30 points)

Or:

Alternative optional papers approved by the Associate Dean Postgraduate

Doctor of Health Science

The Doctor of Health Science (DHSc) is designed for health professionals with at least five years’ professional experience who wish to broaden their professional practice competency and expertise. It comprises of papers and research development, which culminates in a thesis.

Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree is under taken by research only. There is no compulsory coursework involved. The PhD is an advanced postgraduate degree that is particularly suitable for students wishing to pursue an academic or research career. A successful candidate will make a significant original contribution to the body of knowledge in relation to a contemporary issue in health and environmental research. Students will have supervisors to guide and advise them, with one assigned as the primary supervisor.

What the symbols mean

Flexible learning options may be available. This involves online, block course or distance learning (subject to change).
^ For non research-thesis pathway.
^^ Special topics can be discussed with the paper coordinator. Eg. tobacco control and smoking cessation.
* A Postgraduate Certificate must be surrendered in order to claim full credits towards a Postgraduate Diploma. Please refer to AUT Calendar for further details regarding Recognition of Prior Learning.
** If completing a 120 point thesis, you need to have completed
either: Qualitative Research II OR Quantitative Research II.

Last updated: 11-Apr-2017 1.25pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.