Upcoming Tōmaiora Seminar

What are the strengths, weaknesses and opportunities of the Certificate in Health Sciences bridging / foundation programme?

A presentation of qualitative Māori and Pacific student feedback and quantitative programme data analysis over time


  • Date/Time: Tuesday 17th September, 2019, 12.30 – 1.30 pm
  • Venue: Function Room 730-220, Level 2, School of Population Health, Tāmaki Campus, The University of Auckland, 261 Morrin Road, Glen Innes, Auckland


Associate Professor Elana Curtis (Te Arawa) 

Dr Elana Curtis is a Public Health Physician based at Te Kupenga Hauora Māori, University of Auckland. She is Director Vision 20:20 which includes senior leadership of Hikitia Te Ora – Certificate in Health Sciences (bridging/foundation education for Māori and Pacific), Māori and Pacific Admission Scheme (MAPAS, admission and retention support for Māori and Pacific students) and the Whakapiki Ake Project (WAP, Māori recruitment). 


This presentation will present findings from a sub-project of a Vice-Chancellor Strategic Fund (VCSDF) project Beyond 20:20 that is exploring the strengths, challenges and opportunities of the Faculty of Medical and Health Science’s Vision 20:20 initiative that has a commitment to Indigenous health workforce development. The Certificate in Health Sciences is a 1-year bridging/foundation programme for Māori and Pacific students wishing to pursue a health professional career. This presentation will present preliminary data from 2 student focus groups on their perceptions of the strengths, challenges and opportunities for the CertHSc and Vision 20:20 in general. In addition, CertHSc quantitative data from 2007-2018 has been analysed to explore the predictors of academic outcomes within the CertHSc and in first-year study. The impact of curricular changes within the CertHSc will be explored via three cohort time periods.


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