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HPF’s Pacific strategist to teach new uni paper

A new paper being introduced in September by the University of Otago for those working with Pacific peoples and communities will be taught by HPF’s Senior Health Promotion Strategist specialising in Pacific health promotion, Dr Viliami Puloka. The distance-taught postgraduate paper, ‘Introduction to Pacific Public Health’ will commence in September and will also feature guest lecturers from a range of areas. Dr Puloka who is a Research Fellow with Otago University said the paper would benefit participants by helping them to gain a good understanding and good working relationship with Pacific people as well as a public health qualification with a career opportunity. It would also give them a pathway for further studies and professional development he said.  As it was a new paper, he added that it would also provide the most up-to date knowledge. The paper will enable participants to: learn about the factors determining and impacting the health of Pacific peoples; apply Pacific health values and practices to improve, promote and protect the health of Pacific peoples and understand the epidemiology and sociology of Pacific peoples, their models of health and frameworks for intervention. While it is taught as part of the university’s postgraduate Public Health programme it can also be taken as a single paper. For more information email