HLTH101-20S1 (D) Semester One 2020 (Distance)

Introduction to Health Studies

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020


This course provides an interdisciplinary introduction to core topics in health studies including concepts of health, measuring health, determinants of health and health services organisation.

How do we prevent ill health?  How do we create healthier environments?  
Introduction to Health Studies provides students with a conceptual and practical toolkit with which to examine health and health-related issues. This course is compulsory for all majors in Health Science, but anyone who wishes to learn about social and economic means of improving health and wellbeing in New Zealand and internationally will find it interesting.

The course is taught by health practitioners from Christchurch and academics from across the university. The course coordinator is Dr Carolyn Mason, a bioethicist in Philosophy.

The presenters differ each year, depending on currently relevant issues. Recent topics include:
• The human as an ecosystem of beings
• Public health in New Zealand
• The impact of society, culture, and the environment  on health
• The value of health care services and health care ethics
• Health psychology
• Child and adolescent health
• Understanding problematic substance use
• The practical science of wellbeing
• Politics, public policy and health

Learning Outcomes

  • After competing this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify the major challenges to health in Aotearoa New Zealand;
  • Identify social, economic, cultural, environmental and psychological determinants of health and analyse their effect on a health problem;
  • Have effective strategies for gathering information on the causes and effects of ill health;
  • Integrate local and international research to investigate a health problem;
  • Explain and evaluate the effectiveness of health-related policies and interventions;
  • Independently carry out research on a health problem and present that research in a well-structured, well-referenced report.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Engaged with the community

      Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Attendance 5% 10 sessions
Research and Citation Quiz 5% Short online quiz
Essay 25% 1500 words
Report Plan 5% 250-300 words
Report 30% 2000 words
Final Exam 30% 2 hours

Textbooks / Resources

Louise Warwick-Booth, Ruth Cross & Diane Lowcock (2012.) Contemporary Health Studies: An Introduction. Polity Press

Additional course readings will be available on Learn.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $900.00

International fee $4,250.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Humanities .

All HLTH101 Occurrences

  • HLTH101-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020
  • HLTH101-20S1 (D) Semester One 2020 (Distance)