POPLHLTH 734 : Health Promotion Strategies

Medical and Health Sciences

2023 Semester Two (1235) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

An overview of key strategies designed to promote health, with an emphasis on healthy public policy, partnerships, community action and advocacy and ways to link local, national and global actions. Practical and creative approaches to health promotion planning are explored through case studies, invited practitioners and the development of a group project with outcomes of empowerment and health gain.

Course Overview

As a companion course to POPLHLTH 733 (Theories and Models of Health Promotion), the Strategies paper focuses on translating health promotion theories, values and principles into techniques and tools of practice. It draws on the diverse roles of health promoters: as facilitator with/for community, as educators, as communicators, as advocates, as strategic policy enablers, and as programme planners and evaluators. Consequently, the course is aimed at being a blend of practical techniques and principle-based practice: at one level, it aims to teach students a technique or method used by health promotion practitioners, and at a another level, it embeds these techniques within the challenges of everyday practice. During the course of the semester, students assess community-based problems and develop interventions that are consistent with Health Promotion concepts and values. Students work cooperatively in groups to develop proposals addressing determinants of health and community empowerment. Ethical issues, the appropriate roles of health promotion practitioners and information about the political and social environment affecting the effectiveness of the strategies proposed are considered at each step. Time is spent in each session for experience with the practice tools. Students also learn to develop strategic evidence-based advice relevant to promote upstream health promotion action.

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Course Contacts

Dr. Rachel Simon-Kumar 
M&HS BUILDING 507 - Bldg 507 , Level 1, Room 1152 , 28 PARK AVE 
Email: r.simon-kumar@auckland.ac.nz
Phone: 09-373-7599; extension: 87645

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 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities
Graduate Profile: Master of Public Health

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of a range of ways that health promoters intervene for the wellbeing of the community. (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 3.1, 3.2, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2, 6.1 and 6.2)
  2. Acquire and apply skills for health promotion work (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2, 6.1 and 6.2)
  3. Learn to translate techniques into effective practice (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1 and 4.2)
  4. Appreciate and apply a critical approach to health promotion techniques and practice. (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 6.1 and 6.2)
  5. Gain and use awareness of diversities of health promotion practice. (Capability 1.1, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 6.1 and 6.2)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Systematic Review Report 30% Group & Individual Coursework
Final Project Intervention Report 30% Individual Coursework
Presentation 5% Group Coursework
Class Exercises 25% Individual Coursework
Class Engagement 10% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5
Systematic Review Report
Final Project Intervention Report
Class Exercises
Class Engagement

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 40 hours of lectures per semester,  5-6 hours tutorial times flexible to student needs per semester and 5 hours per week on reading and preparing assignments.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is required at scheduled activities to receive credit for components of the course.
Lectures will be available as recordings. 
The course can include live online events including [group discussions/tutorials].
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.

The course is delivered in 5 full day sessions at the School of Population Health, Grafton Campus in a workshop interactive format. Please see your timetable on SSO for the room details. Invited speakers contribute their experience. The learning format involves both individual and group work. Class size ranges between 15 and 35.
 Required books are on short term loan in the Library.

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.