Bachelor of Health

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    3 Year Full Time
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    Course Type
    Bachelor Degree
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    On Campus
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About Course

The Bachelor of Health (BHealth) and Certificate in Health and Wellbeing, are the first qualifications in New Zealand to combine multiple disciplines in a programme that will help graduates find employment in the health sector, and improve the current health system. These qualifications will help students to become innovative health leaders who can contribute to change in systems and practices to support equitable outcomes for individuals and their communities.

The BHealth has been specifically developed to address the growing demand for a workforce that can contribute across the health sector as this industry diversifies into roles with local governments, iwi, indigenous populations, community groups, private enterprise, individuals and families.

The BHealth is underpinned by the concept of hauora in practice and incorporates Biomedical Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physiology); Epidemiology; Bioethics; Health Communication and Community Approaches; M?ori, Pacific and Indigenous perspectives and practice; Psychology, Sociology, Policy; and Statistics, all of which allows students to explore the diverse aspects of health and wellbeing in applied and theoretical settings.

Our graduates will have knowledge and skills that are practical and transferable, allowing them to practice in ways that exhibit an understanding of health as it relates to the individual, whanau and community.

Specified Programmes

Pout-manahau Population Health
Pout?-m?r? Biomedical Science
Pout?-manahau reflects our endeavours to revitalise the mana of our communities, to address health in ways that breathe life into hauora as practice. Pout?-manahau Population Health uses a multidisciplinary approach to understanding hauora as practice, and to examine approaches that contribute to a health system which can revitalise the mana of our communities. Pout?-manahau Population Health embraces integrative knowledge of theories and analytical approaches (across psychology, health communication and engagement, sociology, economics, epidemiology, and M?ori and indigenous studies) to understand, critique and design health initiatives, policies, practices, interventions and their outcomes.

Career opportunities: Iwi and community-based health education and health promotion; Nursing support and care workers; Knowledge management; Project management and coordination; Biostatistics and data analyst; Epidemiology; Healthcare and clinical research analyst; Planning and funding; Health services management; Health care administration; Medical writer; Clinical coder; Wellbeing leads in local government; Positions with community providers; Community karitane; Demographics; Public policy and policy-related positions.

Pout?-m?ro represents resilience, flexibility, and our desire to seek and weave together knowledge that supports our capacity to balance all aspects of hauora. Pout?-m?r? Biomedical Sciences that takes a multi-faceted and applied approach to improving the hauora of our communities. It embraces an integrative approach to biomedical sciences (including genetics, biochemistry, molecular biology, anatomy, infection and immunity, pathophysiology) alongside M?tauranga M?ori, health communication, and bioethics to develop biomedical understandings and skills that will allow students to work across the health sector.

Career opportunities: General healthcare; Allied health and healthcare science e.g. laboratory technician; Research associate; Study/research coordinator; Data analyst; Environmental health officer; Exercise physiologist; Reproductive technologist; Pathway to further graduate study in health and health science areas such as medical school, dentistry, physiotherapy, pharmacy and medical research.

Eligibility Criteria

Entry requirements vary from country to country.

You can apply if you have international academic qualification equivalent to NCEA University Entrance. All applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For more details, please visit university website.

Students must demonstrate proficiency in written and spoken English. The University's English language entry requirements are: IELTS (Academic) - 6.0 overall (no band less than 5.5); iBT (internet based) TOEFL - 80 with a score of 21 in writing; Pearson PTE Academic - Overall score of 50 with no PTE communicative skills below 42; Waikato Pathways - Successful completion of Level 7 with a B grade average in the Certificate of Attainment in Academic English (CAAE) program.

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