MAORIHTH 706 : Māori Health: Policy and Practice

Medical and Health Sciences

2024 Semester Two (1245) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Critically examines public health policy and practice in Aotearoa/New Zealand with respect to Māori health and equity. Provides insights into the application of Kaupapa Māori principles in different areas of public health practice to advance Māori health.

Course Overview

This course is designed for students who are interested in applying Kaupapa Māori theory to public health policy and practice. It seeks to:
• provide learners with conceptual tools for understanding and critically analysing policy and public health practice;
• develop capability in designing health policy and public health interventions using kaupapa Māori principles;
• improve advocacy for policy and public health action to advance Māori health and address health inequities.

Course Requirements

Prerequisite: MAORIHTH 301 or 701

Course Contacts

Associate Professor Rhys Jones
Course Director
Ext: 86278

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: People and Place
Capability 3: Knowledge and Practice
Capability 4: Critical Thinking
Capability 5: Solution Seeking
Capability 6: Communication
Capability 7: Collaboration
Capability 8: Ethics and Professionalism

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Explain how policy and public health practice have shaped Māori health outcomes (Capability 1 and 3)
  2. Deconstruct the framing of policy issues and public health interventions, and explain the implications of this framing for Māori health (Capability 3 and 4)
  3. Critically analyse policy and public health practice from a Kaupapa Māori perspective (Capability 1, 3 and 4)
  4. Apply Kaupapa Māori principles in the design of public health policy and interventions (Capability 3, 5 and 8)
  5. Discuss evaluation of policy and public health interventions in relation to Māori health outcomes and equity (Capability 4 and 8)
  6. Advocate for changes to policy and public health practice in order to advance Māori health and address health inequities (Capability 5, 6 and 7)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Reading reflections and class discussions 20% Individual Coursework
Policy analysis essay 35% Individual Coursework
Policy proposal 45% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5 6
Reading reflections and class discussions
Policy analysis essay
Policy proposal

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect 24 hours of lectures, 48 hours of reading and thinking about the content and 78 hours of work on assignments.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is expected at block teaching days to complete components of the course.
Lectures will be available as recordings. Other learning activities including interactive sessions during block teaching days will not be available as recordings.
The course will not include live online events.
The activities for the course are scheduled as a block delivery.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

The following changes have been made based on student feedback:
  • Reduction in the number of assessments
  • Reorganisation and streamlining of teaching sessions
  • Introduction of specific activities to support students in undertaking assessment tasks

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed for potential plagiarism or other forms of academic misconduct, using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

The delivery mode may change depending on COVID restrictions. Any changes will be communicated through Canvas.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.