POPLHLTH 732 : Population Youth Health

Medical and Health Sciences

2022 Semester One (1223) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Youth injury prevention, resiliency factors and reproductive issues, and advocacy for young people. How do you make a difference in youth health? This course introduces key concepts in population youth health and utilises an evidence based approach and New Zealand practice examples to consider how youth health can be improved in communities and populations.

Course Overview

POPLHLTH 732 is a Public Health 15 point course that can be taken as part of a Postgraduate Diploma or Masters of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. It can also be part of the faculty's specialization in Youth Health - Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma in Health Sciences (Youth Health).
The principal role of POPLHLTH 732 is to prepare students for a role in youth health in a variety of locations and sectors. In doing this, students are exposed to current research and practice relating to youth health as well as gaining an understanding of current thinking in relation to youth health within a framework of population health, evidence-based health care and youth development.

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Course Contacts

Course Coordinator

Louise Albertella
Email: Louise.albertella@middlemore.co.nz

Course Director   
Bridget Farrant

Course Administrator
Mrs Upendra Wickramarachchi
Group Services Administrator
Email: u.wicks@auckland.ac.nz

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities
Graduate Profile: Master of Health Sciences

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Define, apply and interpret major indicators and measures of health status relevant to the youth population, including a lens on equity, using data from vital statistics, census, surveys, research reports and services on the health of young people (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 2.2, 4.2 and 6.1)
  2. Illustrate the major youth health issues in New Zealand and the salient differences between populations in New Zealand (including the health inequities faced by Maori), and between New Zealand and other countries (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 2.2, 4.2 and 6.1)
  3. Apply knowledge of risk and protective factors and their relationship to healthy development, resilience and both positive and negative health outcomes (Capability 1.1 and 1.2)
  4. Identify and analyse the rationale, need, means of assessment and evaluation of population programmes focusing on the health of youth (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 2.2, 3.1 and 4.2)
  5. Illustrate an understanding of the youth health sector, describe how youth health and development policy is developed, promoted and enacted in New Zealand, and current limitations to more effective health outcomes. (Capability 1.1, 1.2 and 2.2)
  6. Identify and critically evaluate the gaps in existing programmes/activities serving youth, generate proposed solutions ensuring adolescent development is included and consider the implementation and evaluation of these solutions (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2 and 4.2)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
4 Short answer open book tests 35% Individual Coursework
Assignment 1 - needs analysis 30% Individual Coursework
Assignment 2 - presentation and report 30% Individual Coursework
Class contribution & discussion 5% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5 6
4 Short answer open book tests
Assignment 1 - needs analysis
Assignment 2 - presentation and report
Class contribution & discussion

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.

This course is taught by blended learning with online content (weekly pre-recorded lectures, online discussions & activities and reading material), one half day online class at the start of the semester and one block contact day on campus at the end of the semester. 

Delivery Mode


All material will be provided online. Attendance is encouraged to scheduled online live activities, however these will also be recorded.
Attendance on campus is encouraged for the study day and presentation. There will be the option to participate in this online, but in previous years most students have preferred to attend in person. The presentation and small group work contributes to your overall grade.
Where possible, study material will be available at course commencement.
This course runs to the University semester timetable and all the associated completion dates and deadlines will apply.

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.

All material is provided on line, with links to the readings through the library resources. There is no prescribed text.

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.

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 against online source material 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 http://disability.auckland.ac.nz

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 https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration.html.

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 https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html.


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.