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Undergraduate subject

Society and Policy

24 January 2024
Society and Policy studies will focus on the relationship between health science, health governance, bioethics, and society.


Society and Policy


Society and Policy looks at how health and wellbeing services are regulated and managed.

By understanding the impact health policies have on society, you will gain the skills needed to work in the public health and social policy sectors and make meaningful changes to the help people need.

Society and Policy

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What will my study involve?

  • Examine health services and policies in Aotearoa and find ways to better access, process, and engage with vulnerable communities.
  • Develop knowledge around important issues and debates in policy, such as freedom of choice, euthanasia, chronic illness and disabilities resources, gender transition, vaccine mandates, abortion, and inequality.
  • Study the Society and Policy minor in a wide variety of degrees and build your expertise of health systems in Aotearoa alongside your other interests.

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Society and Policy 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 75 points from the course list, with at least 45 points above 100-level

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Career opportunities

You will be prepared for work in policy analysis, social science research, humanities, and the development of public policy. The health science field is broad and can include non-clinical roles, government, city councils, non-governmental organisations, and working directly with clients.

Career pathways could include:

  • health policy analyst
  • public health advisor
  • health promoter
  • health services administrator.

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

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