Health is an enduring issue for society; it concerns everybody at every stage in life. Health Sciences at UC prepares you to contribute in a meaningful way to the health issues that face our communities. Health Science students have the opportunity to develop a comprehensive overview of health and health care, inclusive of a range of approaches and understandings, and the practical application of knowledge and skills in health settings.
The multidisciplinary Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc) degree programme covers important and timely topics such as mental health and wellbeing, sexual health promotion, environmental health, communicable and non-communicable diseases, Māori and indigenous people’s health, health through the life-span, and evidence-based policy and decision-making.
Why study Health Sciences at UC?
- BHSc graduates are increasingly in demand from Te Whatu Ora, primary health organisations, and other regional and further afield organisations.
- The BHSc includes a wide variety of courses, allowing you to keep your options open and learn about many different areas before embarking on your career.
- UC is ranked first in Aotearoa New Zealand for research in Public Health (Te Amorangi Mātauranga Matua | Tertiary Education Commission 2019 PBRF assessment).
- Some BHSc majors offer the opportunity for practical placement and skills development in health-related workplaces.
- It provides a broad foundation for working in the wider health sector, pursue postgraduate opportunities for a specific health career, or future work as a health and wellbeing researcher.
- Te Kura Mātai Hauora | School of Health Sciences is well-equipped for conducting a wide range of research and projects.
- Involved and attentive academic staff will look for ways to help you to achieve your goals.
- Students who complete the Public Health major for the BHSc will be able to meet the generic public health competencies and the health promotion competencies for Aotearoa.
Many Health Sciences courses may be taken as part of the BHSc, or included in a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science.
The minimum prerequisite is University Entrance but NCEA Biology is recommended.
UC offers Headstart preparatory programmes for students who do not have the required background.