Society and Policy

  • Society and Policy



The Society and Policy minor focuses on the relationships between health science, health governance, bioethics, and society. It comprises an interdisciplinary core of courses on the sociology of health, public policy, policy issues in health, and health delivery at the local, national, and global levels, together with research training in qualitative and quantitative social science research methods.

Graduates of the Society and Policy minor have an in-depth knowledge of social issues relating to health, bioethics, and the development and evaluation of public policies, particularly policies with implications for health.

Society and Policy students possess core knowledge and skills relevant to health employment and sector-defined competencies. This includes some of the Aotearoa generic public health competencies (Kāhui Hauora Tūmatanui | Public Health Association of New Zealand (PHANZ) 2007), and some of the Aotearoa health promotion competencies (Runanga Whakapiki Ake i te Hauora o Aotearoa | Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand 2012), including bioethics competencies that are specific to this minor.

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Te Kura Mātai Hauora | School of Health Sciences

Phone +64 3 369 3333

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Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

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