EDUCATION: University Courses

The following University Courses are relevant to youth health. We consider it important that training offered for nurses working in schools have a mentoring and clinical supervision component as often they are working in isolation.

ASNG Members can apply for funding to assist with study or conference leave. Conditions apply. Download the application form HERE

Overview of Auckland University Courses

For further information see the University of Auckland website HERE. From here you can fill out an expression of interest and they will contact you.

Nursing Courses

A list of Nursing courses that may be used to complete one of the approved university programmes including Post Graduate Certificate, Post Graduate Diploma or Master of Nursing or Health Science. Progress from a Post Graduate Diploma to a Masters is restricted to those with a B grade average.


Students are usually working clinically in this area and complete a certificate in consecutive semesters.

Certificate courses:

PAEDS 712 Youth Clinical Skills
PAEDS 719 Health, Education and Youth Development
POPLHLTH 732 Population Youth Health plus
15 points from other courses listed in the Master of Health Sciences Schedule or Master of Public Health Sciences Schedule approved by the Head of the School of Medicine.

Diploma courses: Four required courses:
PAEDS 712 Youth Clinical Skills
PAEDS 719 Health, Education and Youth Development
PAEDS 720 Youth Health Theory, Application and Leadership
POPLHLTH 732 Population Youth Health

A required research course from: POPHLTH 701-709

And three more courses from:
MAORIHLTH 701, NURSING 714, PAEDS 721, POPLHLTH 735-737, 739, POPLPRAC 701-703, 712-714, 751, 752, or other courses listed in the Master of Nursing Schedule, Master of Health Sciences Schedule or Master of Public Health Sciences Schedule approved by the Head of the School of Medicine.

Students interested in this specialisation need to submit an Expression of Interest/Pre-Selection Form accessible from Postgraduate Study Subject Youth Health.

Course Outlines are described below:

PAEDS 712 Youth Health Clinical Skills
Core skills in Youth Health including; effective engagement, assessment and intervention skills for working with young people in a range of clinical or community settings.

PAEDS 719 Health, Education and Youth Development
Examines the overlap of health and education in the context of youth development, exploring the impact of past and current concerns and strategies of both sectors on the well-being of young people. 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.

PAEDS 720 Youth Health Theory, Application and Leadership
Extends students' knowledge of youth health and well-being and aims to provide preparation for leadership roles in youth health. Focuses on expanding knowledge of the theory of youth development and students will study examples of effective youth development programmes and will be required to develop and present a youth health project in their field of work.

POPHLTH 732 Population Youth Health
Youth injury prevention, resiliency factors and reproductive issues, and advocacy for young people. How do you make a difference in youth health? This course introduces key concepts in population youth health and utilises an evidence based approach and New Zealand practice examples to consider how youth health can be improved in communities and populations.

POPHLTH 701 Research Methods in Health
A comprehensive overview, focusing particularly on the primary health care arena of: ways of looking at the world, the asking of research questions; literature reviews; the design, implementation and appraisal of qualitative and quantitative research; and the writing up of research.

POPHLTH 705 Evaluation Research Methods
Provides a comprehensive outline of the nature of programme evaluation in the health sector and an overview of a variety of approaches to programme evaluation and the appropriate use of research tools. Includes logic models, stakeholder analysis, developing indicators, client surveys and multicultural evaluation. Emphasis on mixed methods evaluation designs involving qualitative and quantitative data gathering.

POPHLTH 706 Statistics in Health Science
An introduction to statistics and statistical methods for health scientists. Covers basic methods and tests, including regression.

POPHLTH 708 Epidemiology
An introduction to epidemiological study design, measures of effect, screening, basic statistics for epidemiology and critical appraisal.

POPHLTH 709 Clinical Epidemiology and Evidence Based Health Care
Explores the application of epidemiological principles to clinical decision making, central to the practice of evidence based health care. Underlying this practice is the ability to effectively, critically and systematically appraise and synthesise relevant evidence to answer important clinical and health care questions about screening, diagnosis, prognosis, interventions (including therapy), and economic implications (cost-effectiveness and efficiency).

Introduction to Maori Health
Provides an overview of the many dimensions of Maori health. It examines the historical and contemporary determinants of Maori health status, and outlines strategies for improving Maori health in the context of the Treaty of Waitangi, and reducing health inequalities.

NURSING 714 Nursing Practicum
The articulation and demonstration of advanced nursing knowledge and skills within a specialist clinical area. Students work with an academic and clinical adviser to develop an individual learning contract. Students may build on this course in NURSING 728 Nursing Practicum 2

POPHLTH 735 Mental Health Development: Theory and Principles
Mental health Development (MHD) represents an emergent paradigm in the mental health sector, one which de-emphasises pathology and deficits, and emphasises strengths, resilience and positive quality of life. It is applicable to all people, including those with mental illness, and to all aspects of mental health and social development professional activity, including treatment, recovery, mental health promotion, and community development. It has personal, community and public health dimensions, and has a strong cultural perspective. This course emphasises the treatment and recovery dimensions of MHD.

POPHLTH 737 Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Studies
Provides an introduction and overview to studies on alcohol and other drugs. Incorporates theory and research developed within public health, mental health, and specialised treatment frameworks. Topics will include: coverage of historical developments, a review of major theoretical issues and an overview of current trends.

POPHLTH 739 Introduction to Pacific Health
Issues in the health of Pacific people in New Zealand and the Pacific. The application of these issues to improve health and health services of Pacific populations.


Reviewed February 2012
Updated June 2016

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