Mātai Hauora ā-Hapori Whānui
Public Health is the study of human health and wellbeing, specifically in how we promote health within populations and protect them from risks such as epidemiology, and health evidence and evaluation.
- Gain a strong foundation in health sciences, with detailed knowledge in public health, including impact and ethics.
- Take a look at how health programmes are delivered through an internship course in your final year.
- On successful completion of your degree, you will meet the Aotearoa New Zealand competencies for public health, and health promotion (endorsed by Rūnanga Whakapiki Ake i te Hauora o Aotearoa | Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand).
Public Health major
For the major in the Bachelor of Health Sciences, complete the following courses:
- HLTH213 Health Systems and Policy
- HLTH214 Environmental and Occupational Health
- GEOG217 Places for Wellbeing & Flourishing OR PHIL240 Bioethics: Life, Death & Medicine
- HLTH312 Health Planning, Implementation and Evaluation
- 30 points of courses chosen from these options
Public Health minor
For the minor in the Bachelor of Arts, Commerce, Digital Screen, Health Sciences, Product Design, Science, Social and Environmental Sustainability, Sport, or 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.
This subject prepares you with the skills needed to work in the public health sector or community development, and be part of multidisciplinary teams.
Career pathways could include:
- public health advisor
- district health board manager
- Māori and Pasifika health organisations
- public health analyst.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Health Sciences.
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