Health and wellbeing concerns everybody at every stage of life.
Health Sciences study at UC will prepare you to contribute in a meaningful and practical way to the health issues affecting our communities in Aotearoa and overseas.
- Study a range of topics such as health services, mental health and wellbeing, sexual health, gender identity, environmental effects on communities, Māori and indigenous people's health, and more.
- Choose from a Certificate in Health Sciences, a Diploma in Health Sciences, or a Bachelor of Health Sciences which includes four major subjects and a wide range of minor options.
- Opportunities to complete work internships in health-related workplaces.
Bachelor of Health Sciences
See the Bachelor of Health Sciences for the compulsory courses in the degree.
As well as core courses in health studies, you will study towards one of the following majors:
Whether it is looking at technological interventions, health education, sociology behind health and illness, the pros and cons of Aotearoa New Zealand’s health system, how to build resilience, or public and policy issues, there is broad scope to find an area of health that interests you.
Postgraduate health studies at UC
Postgraduate students in Health Sciences come from a range of backgrounds. Students with an interest in the health sector and a good (and relevant) bachelor's degree, or health professional qualification, may apply for entry to a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma or master's programme. Endorsements are available in Health Behaviour Change, Health and Community, Health Information Management, Environment and Health, Nursing, and Palliative Care.
With the appropriate prerequisites students may take a postgraduate programme of study specialising in Counselling, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Child and Family Psychology, Palliative Care, or Specialist Teaching.
UC also offers a professional practice-based or research master's, and a joint opportunity (through UC and Ara Institute of Canterbury) to gain a Nursing degree alongside a Master of Health Sciences or Master of Health Sciences Professional Practice in just two-and-a-half years.
Health has many applications and job opportunities across different areas - from patient care, medical technologies, community education, to government.
Your social, political, and cultural awareness of health and wellbeing will make you well suited to working with or on behalf of people.
Some career pathways could include:
- Environmental health
- Policy analysis
- Health promotion
- Psychology and therapy.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Health Sciences.
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