Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

POPLPRAC 710 - Community Health Development Practicium

15 Points

Semester 2


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

Programme and course advice

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 & 734 or 739 prior to undertaking the Practicum.

Students will need a concession to enrol in this course.

Learning and teaching

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.

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.


Goals of the course 

The goal of this course is to allow Pacific Health and Health Promotion students to expand their professional competencies in applying an empowering approach to Pacific health and health promotion practice.


Learning outcomes 

By the end of the course, each participant will be expected to: 

  • Have had an opportunity to examine health promotion or Pacific health in a vocational context
  • Understand and apply empowering strategies to Pacific health and health promotion practice
  • Have had an opportunity for professional and academic reflection of their health promotion and Pacific health practice and experiences
  • Institute changes and instruments to improve effectiveness and efficiency 

Students will also acquire skills in:

  • Arguing the case for an empowering Pacific health or health promotion practice
  • Putting principles into practice
  • Distinguishing interventions which are likely to be effective from those likely to be ineffective for empowerment
  • Identifying how their expertise can be used within the broad area of health promotion and pacific health to help others to gain power

At the end of the course, students should have:

  • Experience of creative, critical and strategic thinking
  • An appreciation of the values and ideologies which underlie an empowering health promotion and Pacific health approaches


Content outline 

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. 


Campus teaching dates 

This course is held at Tamaki Campus. Please see your timetable on SSO or Building 730 Reception noticeboard on the day for the room details.


The assessment will comprise of three assignments and one internal assessment by the supervisor at the placement.

There is no formal examination. These include:

Field entry report 20%

Research Proposal and Presentation 40%

Final Field Report 25%

Fieldwork assessment 15%

Learning resources

All resource documents and links will be uploaded to CANVAS (Leaning Management System) prior to and during the course.

Course Coordinator

Course Administrator