Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

MAORIHTH 711 - Special Topic: Māori Quantitative Methods

15 Points

Semester 2



Provides students with an understanding of how to apply a Kaupapa Māori Research (KMR) approach to quantitative research methods (study design, analysis and dissemination) in the health sciences. It will expose students to a range of analytic and practical tools that can be drawn on in the design and conduct of quantitative research with Māori.


Prerequisites: MAORIHTH 301 or 701 

Course aims and outline

Particular attention will be paid to advancing critical thinking and critical reflection skills in relation to health research. With these skills, students will build an understanding of how quantitative health research can be used to empower indigenous groups and prevent marginalisation. Students will also critique historical and contemporary research approaches and the risks and benefits for Māori health.

Students will be required and supported to read widely on this subject, develop critical reflective practice, and present their work in written and oral presentation formats throughout the course.


Goals of the course

To teach students about the unique role of Kaupapa Māori Research (KMR) in society. To provide students with the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills to undertake health research that is aligned with a Kaupapa Māori research approach.


Learning outcomes 

On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1.  Critique prevailing quantitative research methods used in the health research and identify the potential risks to Māori health and health equity
  2. Describe the conceptual issues underpinning Kaupapa Māori quantitative research methods and how they can be used to benefit Māori health and health equity
  3. Identify the analytic options that are available for KMR and how to apply them
  4. Design an data analysis plan informed by the tools and data available 

Additional information

Teaching methods include lectures, interactive discussions, on-line discussions and small group work, organised around 5 teaching days (see details below). Guest lecturers are involved in the course. Course resources will be available to students online through CANVAS and through the library.


Campus teaching dates 

Please see your timetable on Student Services Online for the room details.


Learning resources 

Students will have online access to CANVAS pages for this course (which is our online Student Learning Management system) from the first week of the semester. These pages will provide an overview of the course, assessments, teaching content, readings and resources.

Students are encouraged to find additional resource material to support learning and required assignments. Library and computer facilities with internet are available to students. Support in developing internet skills and library usage is included in the orientation package.



The assessment is based on regular reading reflection and discussions, and two written assignments. The relative weightings are shown below:

  • Assignment 1: Reading reflections, regular contributions throughout the course, 20%
  • Assignment 2: Essay (3000 words) 30%
  • Assignment 3: Data Analysis plan 50%
    • Oral presentation of 10-15 minutes (10%)
    • Written plan (4000 words) (40%)


Programme and course advice 

This course is a Special Topic course that can be taken towards a Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma in Public Health in Māori Health or in general Health Science programmes including the Masters of Health Sciences.


Students need to have taken MAORIHTH 301 or MAORIHTH 701 before taking this course.

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