Public Health

Mātai Hauora ā-Hapori Whānui

  • Public Health



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.

Contact us

Te Kura Mātai Hauora | School of Health Sciences

Phone +64 3 369 3333

Level 3, Rehua building – see campus maps

Postal address
Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora | College of Education, Health and Human Development
Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

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