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Health and medicine

Health and medicine

The University of Waikato is blazing a trail in health education.

Find out more about our degree programmes, research, and our team of health experts.

Looking through a microscope

Training tomorrow’s health experts

Our Bachelor of Health is developing the biomedical scientists and population health specialists of the future, and we need them more than ever in this era of global pandemics.


Bachelor of Health

Delivering excellence in nursing

Our Bachelor of Nursing is distinctive in its focus on Māori health, rural health, and psychological health, and will provide hands-on clinical experience for students from early on in their studies. Our first intake of students will start in 2021, subject to Nursing Council approval.


Bachelor of Nursing
Hamilton Campus

Our proposed medical school

A joint initiative with Waikato DHB, the medical school would specifically address some of the shortages in rural GP clinics and in the mental health sector. We believe the establishment of New Zealand's third medical school is a case of 'when', not 'if'.


Medical school proposal

Enhancing clinical practice

The University of Waikato Medical Research Centre is a leading centre for epidemiological research on cancer, diabetes, primary care and rural health.

The team, which includes a number of medical practitioners, works closely with Waikato District Health Board and general practices to deliver research that will improve patient outcomes.

Leaders in their field

Ross Lawrenson

Ross is Professor of Population Health at the University of Waikato and a Population Health Advisor at Waikato District Health Board. Originally a General Practitioner in Wairoa, Ross taught undergraduate medical students for more than 20 years at Charing Cross, Imperial College, and at the University of Auckland.

He has undertaken extensive research in diabetes, cardiovascular disease, thyroid disease and cancer – publishing more than 150 papers.

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Polly Atatoa Carr

Associate Professor Polly Atatoa Carr is a public health physician specialising in improving population health and equity. She was recently seconded to the Ministry of Health to help with the strategic public health response to Covid-19.

Along with her academic research, teaching and supervision at Waikato University, Polly works in children’s health at Waikato District Health Board, and is the Training Programme Director for the New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine.

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Roger Strasser

Roger is the University of Waikato’s Professor of Rural Health, the first in New Zealand. He was most recently the Founding Dean and CEO of Canada’s 17th and newest medical school, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, which was opened in 2005.

Over the course of his career, he has gained an international reputation for developing strategies to train health professionals in and for rural communities, as well as research into rural health services and rural health workforce.

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Sarah Strasser

Professor Sarah Strasser recently joined the University as Dean of Te Huataki Waiora School of Health. Sarah was previously head of the Rural Clinical School at the University of Queensland, and has significant international experience in developing education programmes to train rural and remote health practitioners.

In 2019 she was named a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of her services to rural health and medical education.

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Matthew Parsons

Matthew is Professor of Gerontology at the University of Waikato and Clinical Chair in Gerontology at Waikato District Health Board. Matthew has spent the last 25 years developing and evaluating services for older people and for people with disabilities. He holds several national roles related to service development and has a particular expertise in funding methodologies, having taken a leading role in several of the approaches now in place across Aotearoa New Zealand.

Meet some of our School of Health students