POPLPRAC 710 : Community Health Development Practicum

Medical and Health Sciences

2021 Semester Two (1215) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Theoretical and practical principles of health promotion processes, combined with practical experience, in the context of relevant organisations, community groups and research projects. Students are expected to find their own placement for the practicum.

Course Overview

Supervised experience for students in Health Promotion or Pacific Health environment. A course of study relevant to the area of placement will be provided.
This postgraduate course is suitable for anyone working or intending to work in a health promotion or Pacific health role at the managerial or practitioner level in the health service. It is a recommended prerequisite that students complete POPLHLTH 733 and 734 or 739 prior to undertaking the Practicum. 
Students will need a concession to enrol in this course.

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Course Contacts

Course Director 
Dr Malakai 'Ofanoa 
Senior Lecturer
Email: m.ofanoa@auckland.ac.nz
Phone: +64 (0) 9 923 2997 or 3737599 Ext 82997

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 Health Practice

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Examine health promotion practices in a vocational context or a Pacific health care services (Capability 1.2, 2.1, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 6.1 and 6.2)
  2. Discuss empowering strategies to Pacific health and health promotion practices (Capability 1.1, 2.1, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2, 6.1 and 6.2)
  3. Reflect on successful Pacific health promotion and Pacific health practices and experiences (Capability 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 6.1 and 6.2)
  4. Institute changes and instruments to improve effectiveness and efficiency (Capability 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2, 6.1 and 6.2)
  5. Distinguish interventions which are effective and ineffective for empowerment and use (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 6.1 and 6.2)
  6. Apply Pacific culturally appropriate health promotion approaches to support health care services (Capability 1.2, 2.2, 3.2, 4.1, 5.1, 6.1 and 6.2)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Field entry report 20% Individual Coursework
Research proposal and presentation 40% Individual Coursework
Final Field Report 25% Individual Coursework
Fieldwork assessment 15% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5 6
Field entry report
Research proposal and presentation
Final Field Report
Fieldwork assessment

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 20 hours of lectures, 1.5 hours of reading and thinking about the content and  20 hours of field work (3 hours/ block day) plus assignments and preparation.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is expected at scheduled activities to complete components of the course.
Lectures will be available as recordings. Other learning activities including seminars will be available as recordings.
The activities for the course are scheduled as block delivery.

Learning Resources

The student will be attached to a Pacific clinical or public health setting at the beginning of the semester. It is the responsibility of the student and the course coordinator to identify the provider for the placement based on his/her needs and interest.
During the period of placement, the student is required to work at the provider one day a week (approximately 8 hours) during the semester period. 

The course runs over the second semester and the formal teaching is conducted in 4 x 1 day blocks. The first two days will be spent on series of workshops on the kinds of clinical and non-clinical competencies expected out of the course.
The second two days will include the didactic competence skills that are required by the student to achieve the clinical and non-clinical component of the course. This includes the basic values and skills inherent in this paper.
A part of the final day is dedicated to the student’s presentation of his/her final field report. This includes a reflection of his/her experiences as well as his/her research proposal and activities. 

Students are provided access to online course pages in CANVAS, which is the University’s online Learning Management System. These pages give the course outline, objectives for each session and recommended reading. All PowerPoint presentations and additional course materials are available through CANVAS.

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.