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Undergraduate subject

Public Health

Mātai Hauora ā-Hapori Whānui

24 January 2024
Public Health will produce graduates with knowledge and skills in science and health as well as experience in critical appraisal and scientific investigation.


Public Health


Public Health is the study of human health and wellbeing, specifically in how we promote health within populations and protect them from risks.

Public Health

Public Health

What will my study involve?

  • Gain a strong foundation in health sciences, with detailed knowledge in public health, including impact and ethics.
  • Take a look at how health programmes are delivered through an internship course in your final year.
  • On successful completion of your degree, you will meet the Aotearoa New Zealand competencies for public health, and health promotion (endorsed by Rūnanga Whakapiki Ake i te Hauora o Aotearoa | Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand).

Public Health


Public Health major

For the major in the Bachelor of Health Sciences, complete the following courses:




Public Health minor

For the minor in the Bachelor of Arts, Commerce, Digital Screen, Health Sciences, Product Design, Psychological Science, Science, Social and Environmental Sustainability, Sport, or Youth and Community Leadership, complete the following courses:


  • Choose five courses listed in the major, with at least three above 100-level

Health promotion pathway

If you are interested in working in health promotion the Certificate in Health Sciences and Diploma in Health Sciences can give you a headstart, preparing you with the practical and theoretical knowledge to make a positive contribution to population health and wellbeing.

On completion of your Certificate or Diploma you will be eligible to enrol in the Bachelor of Health Sciences majoring in Public Health.

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Career opportunities

This subject prepares you with the skills needed to work in the public health sector or community development, and be part of multidisciplinary teams.

Career pathways could include:

  • public health advisor
  • district health board manager
  • Māori and Pasifika health organisations
  • public health analyst.

Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Health Sciences.

Related brochures

Undergraduate Prospectus

Whakatairanga Ākonga

Download (application/pdf, 7 MB)

International Prospectus 2024/2025

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