Māori and Indigenous Health
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The purpose of the Māori and Indigenous Health major is to prepare culturally competent graduates who are able to use, apply, and integrate Māori, bicultural, and indigenous knowledge and practices in their chosen health and social services related careers.
The holistic Māori view of health and wellbeing is an important component of the major that includes knowledge and skills in the following areas:
- Te Ao Tangata – Engaging with Māori: understanding, respect, te reo, interpersonal and cross-cultural communication/dialogue, and Māori health-based experiences
- Te Ao Hauora – Working with health professionals: promoting students' understanding of the multiple disciplines and roles involved in delivering health care to Māori, including clinicians (eg, pharmacists, doctors, physiotherapists, and psychologists), the cultural/community/clinical interface, and interprofessional/interdisciplinary collaboration
- Ngā Ratonga Hauora – Working with health services and health systems: providing students with a thorough grounding in sociohistorical health developments and current health system structures, including Māori and iwi community-based health and social services.
Maori and Indigenous Health major
For the major in the Bachelor of Health Sciences, complete the following courses:
- MAOR 108 Aotearoa: Introduction to New Zealand Treaty Society
- MAOR 107 Aotearoa: Introduction to Traditional Māori Society OR MAOR 172 Science, Māori and Indigenous Knowledge
Career options for students who major in Māori and Indigenous Health include research and policy analysis or advice, health promotion, and community health liaison roles in non-governmental organisations focused on health and wellbeing, Māori and iwi health and development organisations, District Health Boards, and local government.
Students interested in progressing to postgraduate study will be well prepared as a result of this major, particularly in relation to Māori and Indigenous Studies, and/or Health.
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