Māori and Indigenous Health


Bachelor of Health Sciences

Maori and Indigenous Health


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The purpose of the Māori and Indigenous Health major is to prepare culturally competent graduates who are able to use, apply and integrate Māori, bicultural and indigenous knowledge and practices in their chosen health and social services-related careers.

The holistic Māori view of health and well-being is an important component of the major, which includes knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  • Te Ao Tangata – Engaging with Māori: understanding, respect, te reo, interpersonal and cross-cultural communication/dialogue, and Māori health-based experiences;
  • Te Ao Hauora – Working with health professionals: promoting students' understandings of the multiple disciplines and roles involved in delivering health care to Māori, including clinicians (eg, pharmacists, doctors, physiotherapists and psychologists), the cultural/community/clinical interface, and interprofessional/interdisciplinary collaboration;
  • Ngā Rātonga Hauora – Working with health services and health systems: providing students with a thorough grounding in socio-historical health developments and current health system structures, including Māori and iwi community-based health and social services.


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Career opportunities

Career options for students who major in Māori and Indigenous Health include: research and policy analysis or advice, health promotion and community health liaison roles in non-governmental organisations focused on health and well-being, Māori and iwi health and development organisations, District Health Boards and local government.

Students interested in progressing to postgraduate study will be well prepared as a result as a result of this major, particularly in relation to Māori and Indigenous Studies and/or Health.

More information

School of Health Sciences

School of Health Sciences
College of Education, Health and Human Development
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

Phone +64 3 343 9606 ext 44606