Mātai Hauora ā-Hapori Whānui
The purpose of Public Health is to produce graduates with knowledge and skills in science and health, experience in critical appraisal and scientific investigation, and an understanding of values and ethics in health. Graduates will have the ability to apply these to improving health and wellbeing through disease prevention, health promotion, and health service planning, delivery, and evaluation.
Public Health aims to:
- provide a strong foundation in health sciences, with detailed knowledge in public health
- equip students to meet the Aotearoa New Zealand competencies for public health, and health promotion (endorsed by Runanga Whakapiki Ake i te Hauora o Aotearoa | Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand)
- provide the knowledge and skills to operate effectively in health sector organisations (such as district health boards, primary care organisations, public health units, Māori health organisations, and non-governmental organisations)
- contribute to the health sector workforce by preparing students to be effective members of multidisciplinary teams
- contribute to meeting national health workforce development goals
- provide the required foundation for students who wish to undertake postgraduate study in health-related fields.
- UC is ranked first in Aotearoa New Zealand for research in Public Health (Te Amorangi Mātauranga Matua | Tertiary Education Commission 2018 PBRF assessment).
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, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Health Sciences, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Social and Environmental Sustainability, Bachelor of Sport Coaching, or Bachelor of 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.
These programmes are FREE under Targeted Training Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF). Visit tec.govt.nz for more information about TTAF and to check if you're eligible.
Students with a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Public Health will be able to work effectively as members of multidisciplinary teams in the health sector. Examples of career pathways include community development roles in public health units, district health boards, non-governmental organisations, local government, health promoters, public health analysts, and a research career in public health.
Graduates might also go on to postgraduate study to further their specialisation in the field.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Health Sciences.
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