Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

POPLPRAC 716 - Practicum in Pacific Health

15 Points

Semester 2



Supervised experience for students in a Pacific-specific health environment. A course of study relevant to the area of placement will be provided.

Programme and course advice

The course is a recommended course for the Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health in Pacific Health. It may also be taken towards a Master of Public Health and all Health Science programmes.

During the four Campus days, teaching methods include interactive discussions, seminars and workshop type sessions.

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

This course is designed to provide an opportunity for students to work directly with a Pacific health provider, recognise prior learning and to systematically disaggregate that knowledge and experiences. The purpose of the latter is to critically examine the clinical or public health practice, place it in a theoretical framework and identify gaps for research and improvement.


Learning outcomes 

At the end of the course, students are expected to be able to:

• Undertake critical analysis of the vision, objectives and mission of the clinical or public health service

• Identify the key competencies and components of the current practice.

• Examine the theoretical framework within which the clinical or public health practice may be placed.

• Identify strategies to improve performance at the clinic or public health setting.

• Institute changes and instruments to improve effectiveness and efficiency.

• Identify research opportunities on any health or management issue identified in the practice.

• Develop a research proposal for funding to benefit the organization.


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 Tāmaki Campus. The lecture dates will be published on the School of Population Health website. Please see your timetable on SSO or Building 730 Reception noticeboard on the day for the room details.


The assessment will comprise of four assignments and one internal assessment by the supervisor at the Pacific health provider. There is no formal examination. The marks allocation includes:

  • Field entry report 20%
  • Research Proposal and Presentation 40%
  • Final Field Report 25%
  • Field work assessment 15%

Course coordinator

Course administrator