This major prepares graduates with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to work with individuals and groups to enhance wellbeing. They develop specific health education and pedagogical knowledge to apply in a diverse range of settings. Experiential learning in a variety of contexts (eg, mental health, sexuality, and nutrition) allows students to recognise factors that influence health and develop a range of strategies to address them.
Students engage in debate and critical reflection on a range of contemporary health issues. Through this engagement, students develop an understanding of ethical issues and principles, a respect for the autonomy and choice of both individuals and groups, and competency in collaborative and consultative ways of working.
UC offers a major in Health Education as part of the Bachelor of Health Sciences.
Health Education major
To complete a major in Health Education within the Bachelor of Health Sciences, you will need to take the following courses throughout the degree:
Plus another two 100-level courses from Health Sciences or other degrees.
- HLED 221 Models of Health Education
- HLED 222 Sexualities Education
- HLED 223 Nutrition and Physical Activity
Plus one course at 100-level (or above), and one 200-level course from Health Sciences or other degrees.
- HLED 321 Health Education in Practice – Internship
- HLED 322 Critical Analysis of Contemporary Health Issues
Plus another two courses at 200-level (or above), and another 30 points at 300-level, from Health Sciences or other degrees.
Health or Physical Education teaching career pathway
Students interested in a career as a secondary school Health Education or Physical Education (P.E.) teacher can follow their Bachelor of Health Sciences degree with the one-year Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Secondary) to become qualified as an Aotearoa New Zealand teacher.
Career options for students who major in Health Education include employment in health-related institutions and agencies such as Community and Public Health (in Nutrition, Sexuality, Health Promoting Schools, and Mental Health teams), Drug and Alcohol agencies, Family Planning, the Mental Health Foundation, Nutrition Advisories, Red Cross, and teaching Health Education in secondary schools to a senior NCEA level (teaching qualification required).
Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Health Sciences.
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