What is Health Promotion?


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The World Health Organisation defines Health Promotion as “the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health. It moves beyond a focus on individual behaviour towards a wide range of social and environmental interventions.

Health Promotion is an integral part of public health. Health Promoters work in diverse settings, such as policy, communities, schools, workplaces, nursing to improve the quality of people’s lives.

They work in varied health promotion roles, on the ‘ground’ with communities as well as in strategic health policy roles.

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What will you be studying?


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At the University of Auckland, Health Promotion prepares students with both generalised and settings-specific knowledges. 

Specifically, our teaching focuses on four key areas relevant to developing academic and practitioner skills:

  • Critical academic theoretical frameworks and models
  • Developing a Health Promotion identity through teaching of competencies, principles, values and ethics
  • Elements of practice in diverse settings
  • Developing capabilities that help address complexity of future health issues and social problems
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Entry Criteria and Current Courses


Entry into Health Promotion courses follow the general programme enrolment criteria for undergraduate and post-graduate students at the School of Population Health.

Core papers at the undergraduate level

  • POPLHLTH 203 (health promotion: Theory and practice)
  • POPLHLTH 306 (Health promotion: From local to global)

Together with a range of electives and the core papers, we offer a Health Promotion Pathway within the Bachelor of Health Science degree.

Core papers at the Postgraduate level:

  • POPLHLTH 733 (Health Promotion: Theories and Models)
  • POPLHLTH 734 (Strategies in Health Promotion)

The Postgraduate papers contribute as electives in several programmes: they are electives for the MPH (Masters of Public Health programme); BHSc (Hons. programme); MHSc. (Master of Health Sciences programme) and the newly developed MHealthPrac (Master of Health Practice programme).

Find out more about postgraduate options

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Graduate Outcomes


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Health Promotion is a situated practice, i.e., although it is founded on some generalised principles and values, it is a distinct practice in diverse settings, requiring specific knowledge sets. At the University of Auckland, Health Promotion prepares students with both generalised and settings-specific knowledges.

Specifically, our teaching focuses on four key areas relevant to developing academic and practitioner skills:

  • the study of critical academic theoretical frameworks and models
  • developing a Health Promotion identity through teaching of competencies, principles, values and ethics
  • exposure to elements of practice in diverse settings
  • developing capabilities that help address complexity of future health issues and social problems

Read more details on Pathway Domains and Competencies Statements

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Recent student research in Health Promotion


1.     Hager, D.  (2016)  Not inherently vulnerable: An examination of paradigms, attitudes and systems that enable the abuse of disabled women. Doctoral thesis.

2.     Tamanam, J. (2016) Utilization of Primary Health Care services: the perceptions and experiences of South Asian immigrants in Auckland, New Zealand. Masters thesis

3.     Hicks, K. (2015) The Uniqueness of the Aotearoa 2012 Health Promotion Competency Framework: Maori Inclusivity as an Essential Prerequisite. Masters dissertation.

4.     Brailsford, R. (2016) Exploring the Concept of Respect for Autonomy in the Context of New Zealand Health Promotion, Masters thesis (co-supervision with Health Systems)

5.     Lindeman, A. (2016) Hearing Protection Use in New Zealand Hunters: Exploring Motivation and Masculinity (co-supervision with Audiology)

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Careers


Some of our past graduates are currently working in the following fields

Public Health promoter

  • Gambling worker for the Salvation Army
  • Regional public health- work place, refugee, early childhood
  • Research and evaluation

Policy development

  • Public Health Worker (Bowel Cancer) for the Waitemata District Health Board
  • Project Manager, Tamaki Mental health promotion Health and Wellbeing
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Contacts


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