Postgraduate study in Population Mental Health

What can you study in Population Mental Health

You can study this subject in the Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences or the Master of Health Sciences and Master of Health Practice.

The Faculty of Education and Social Work also offers this subject in the Master of Social and Community Leadership and Postgraduate Certificate in Social and Community Leadership.

The study areas covered include:

  • Mental health - a strengths-based approach, not just an absence of mental illness.
  • Key concepts of recovery - resilience, spirituality, empowerment, hope.
  • Designing innovative group/community projects to foster or improve mental health.
  • Promoting mental health (eg, mental health literacy, happiness) for the population.
  • Strategies for influencing social, community and institutional conditions that affect mental health, to primary healthcare for patients presenting with mental health issues with a focus on: assessment and management of depression, anxiety, phobias, pain and adjustment disorders in primary care.
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy techniques for depression.
  • Assessment and management in child and adolescent mental health in primary care (depression, ADHD, eating disorders, somatic problems).
  • Mental and physical health – the long term relationship.
  • Older adults – depression and dementia.

Courses

Students doing a 120 point masters are required to enrol in and complete the following courses:
• POPLHLTH 700 - Community Health Development (15 Points)
POPLHLTH 735 - Mental Health Development (15 Points)
POPLHLTH 736 - Mental Health Promotion (15 Points)
And
15 points from
POPLPRAC 702 - Primary Mental Health
POPLPRAC 710 - Health Promotion: Practicum
POPLPRAC 754 - Infant, Child and Adolescent Primary Mental Health
And
60 point dissertation
Or
45 points: HLTHSCI 795 Project
with
15 points from
MAORIHTH 701 - Foundations of Māori Health
POPLHLTH 732 - Population Youth Health
POPLHLTH 733 - Health Promotion Theory and Models
POPLHLTH 734 - Health Promotion Strategies
POPLHLTH 737 - Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Studies
POPLHLTH 739 - Pacific Health
POPLPRAC 702 - Primary Mental Health
POPLPRAC 754 - Infant, Child and Adolescent Primary Mental Health


Students doing a 180 point masters are required to enrol in and complete the following courses:
• POPLHLTH 700 - Community Health Development (15 Points)
POPLHLTH 722 - Organisation of Health Systems (15 Points)
POPLHLTH 735 - Mental Health Development (15 Points)
POPLHLTH 736 - Mental Health Promotion (15 Points)
POPLPRAC 712 - Project Planning for Lifestyle Change (15 Points)
And
15 points from
POPLPRAC 702 - Primary Mental Health
POPLPRAC 710 - Health Promotion: Practicum
POPLPRAC 754 - Infant, Child and Adolescent Primary Mental Health
And
15 points from
POPLHLTH 701 - Research Methods in Health
POPLHLTH 704 - Undertaking Qualitative Health Research
POPLHLTH 705 - Evaluation Research Methods
And
60 point dissertation
Or
45 points: HLTHSCI 795 Project
with
15 or 30 points from the following (to complete total 180 points)
MAORIHTH 701 - Foundations of Māori Health
POPLHLTH 732 - Population Youth Health
POPLHLTH 733 - Health Promotion Theory and Models
POPLHLTH 734 - Health Promotion Strategies
POPLHLTH 737 - Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Studies
POPLHLTH 739 - Pacific Health
POPLPRAC 702 - Primary Mental Health
POPLPRAC 754 - Infant, Child and Adolescent Primary Mental Health

Regulations
Detailed information on admission criteria, programme structure and content, and the schedule of courses can be found in the University Calendar regulations for the Master of Health Practice.
These should also be read in conjunction with the University's General Regulations – Masters Degrees.

For more information please contact:
Assoc Prof. Elsie Ho
Email: e.ho@auckland.ac.nz
Phone: +64 9 923 6097