POPLHLTH 739 : Pacific Health

Medical and Health Sciences

2021 Semester One (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Examines a wide range of health issues related to Pacific health. Provides an in-depth analysis with evidence of the global, regional and local issues that determines the health of the Pacific population both in the Pacific region and in New Zealand.

Course Overview

This course, aims to introduce you to a wide range of issues related to Pacific health, it is the intention of this paper to provide in-depth analysis with evidence of the global, regional and local issues that determines the health of the Pacific population both in the region and in New Zealand. Firstly, in order for students to learn better, this paper is planned in a way that students would be provided first with an insight into specific health profiles and issues of four selected Pacific countries in the region. Secondly, key health issues in NZ will also be explored. Thirdly, is to share similar ethnic specific health profiles of the same population here in New Zealand to enhance better student learning about Pacific health. Fourthly, a showcase of Pacific students research will be presented. There will be a number of presentations of Pacific health providers and services. Finally we will visit a Pacific Health provider. It is hoped that an outcome of these learning would make a difference on the knowledge and understanding of how best to deal with Pacific health issues starting from the four ethnic specific populations.

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Course Contacts

Assoc Prof Vili Nosa
Head of Section , Pacific Health, School of Population Health
Email: v.nosa@auckland.ac.nz
Phone: +64 (0) 9 923 6906

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

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Describe the key features which affect the health of Pacific peoples in the region and in New Zealand (Capability 1.1 and 2.1)
  2. Identify key strategies to enhance the health and wellbeing of Pacific people. (Capability 3.1 and 3.2)
  3. Identify areas for future research and interventions for Pacific peoples on health (Capability 4.1, 4.2 and 5.1)
  4. Apply their knowledge and appropriately in a Pacific cultural setting. (Capability 5.1, 5.2 and 6.2)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Essay 20% Individual Coursework
Research Proposal 30% Individual Coursework
Final Exam 50% Individual Examination
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4
Research Proposal
Final Exam

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 35 hours of lectures through the semester and the rest of the hours for reading and thinking about the content and for work on assignments and exam preparation.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is required at scheduled activities including tutorials to complete components of the course.
Lectures will be available as recordings. Other learning activities including seminars/tutorials will be available as recordings.
The course will include live online events including group discussions/tutorials.
Attendance on campus is required for the exam.
The activities for the course are scheduled as a block delivery.

Learning Resources

The course will consist of 5 days on campus comprising the following teaching modes:
Discussion sessions, sometimes based on case study material.
Presentations by guest speakers, experts in their field.
Use of DVD, video and other media.
Between the campus days students are expected to access their course information on CANVAS and receive all information on their University email. See Appendix 2 Survival Skills on page 33 for important information on your email.
Between the campus days students are expected to access their course information on CANVAS and receive all information on their University email.

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.

Digital 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.

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.

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 your assessment is fair, and not compromised. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the University Website for information about how to proceed.

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 you may be asked to submit your 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. The final decision on the completion mode for a test or examination, and remote invigilation arrangements where applicable, will be advised to students at least 10 days prior to the scheduled date of the assessment, or in the case of an examination when the examination timetable is published.