Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

PAEDS 719 - Health, Education and Youth Development

15 Points

Semester 2



Examines the overlap of health and education in the context of youth development. It reviews the 'business' of schools, the Health and Physical Education curriculum, school-based health and support services, whole school approaches to health, and the health and education needs of students not engaged with the school system.

Course aims

Goals of the course 

Given that the education system has such a significant impact on the lives and wellbeing of young people, understanding the overlap of health and education in the broader context of youth development is important for anyone working with young people in the area of youth health. This course aims to enable those working with young people, particularly in a school setting, to better understand this interface of health and education.

Learning outcomes 

At the completion of the course, the student will be able to:

• Use their understanding of school governance, structures and process to describe how they could effectively advocate for change at an individual or population level.

• Apply the critical success factors for school-based health and pastoral care services to evaluate models operating in New Zealand secondary schools and elsewhere.

• Apply an understanding of the health and education needs of Māori and Pacific students to evaluate current health and education practices.

• Apply an understanding of the health and education needs of young people who are not engaged in the education system to evaluate current health and education interventions designed to assist them.

• Demonstrate an awareness of their role as an effective team member and their contribution in a team-based learning environment that can be challenging, productive and fun to be part of.

Content outline

Learning Module 1 (online & on-campus): Meeting the health and education needs of all students; understanding students’ rights and the legal obligations of schools; establishing successful learning teams and ensuring all team members are confident using the on-line systems and resources. 

Learning Module 2 (online): School structures and relevant curriculum; Student wellbeing and the influence of the school "climate"; health promotion and health education, reflection on learning and understanding the dynamics of successful teams. 

Learning Module 3 (online): School-based health and social support services, reflection on learning and understanding the dynamics of successful teams. 

Learning Module 4 (online & on-campus): Meeting the health and education needs of all students; resolving any questions that have arisen, reflection on learning and the power of successful teamwork.

Please note that the Learning Modules are not discrete units of work, but rather they are designed to overlap and flow into one another. 

Learning and teaching

This course is offered through a blend of on-campus and online delivery. The University's online learning platform CANVAS provides a virtual classroom, library for course material and readings, and group discussion venue. The coursework is organised in four learning modules, two of which will be partly delivered at the Tāmaki Campus and the rest online through CANVAS. The course involves different approaches to learning, including self-directed reading and learning, discussions with experts in the field, working in permanent small learning teams both on campus and online using conferencing and other communication tools. The team-based learning mode means that to pass the course assessments it will be essential to attend the on-campus components of the course and also to participate fully in the activities and assessments associated with the online components of the course.

Campus teaching dates

The on-campus learning modules of this course are held on the Tāmaki Campus. For the room details check your timetable on SSO, or the Building 730 Reception noticeboard on the day.

Learning resources

This is a multidisciplinary course covering a broad range of topics. There is no prescribed text. Students will be expected to use CANVAS to access their course material, recommended readings from the University library and to communicate online with fellow students and course staff.


100% coursework: There are two modes of assessment:

  1. Individual assessment: learning journal (15%), written report (20%); 4 multi-choice individual tests (20%).
  2. Team assessment: the final team presentation (25%), 4 multi-choice team tests (20%).

Programme and course advice

This is a postgraduate course that is suitable for professionals working with young people in health, education and social service settings. It is a core course for the Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences in Youth Health. However, concessions may be granted to allow students to enrol in this course as part of other postgraduate programmes in nursing, counselling, mental health, drug and alcohol, or health sciences.

To apply for a concession to enrol, communicate with the Faculty of Medical and Health Science, fmhs@auckland.ac.nz

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