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Bachelor of Health

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.

For Māori and indigenous peoples across the world, the sun is significant in health; knowledge; hāuora; and mātauranga is immeasurable. The sun is light, life, health and promise, and pushes away darkness. Hence, in our Māori karakia we often say, “ka puta ki te ao mārama” meaning to bring something into the world of light, to give it life.

At the University of Waikato we believe it is time to bring to light new ways of thinking about and practicing health in ways that address the growing inequities in the health system, through recognising the importance of hauora.*

In recognising the importance of preventative and holistic approaches to health, we need a workforce with knowledge of health service quality and equity that is built on a foundation of cultural competency, multidisciplinary knowledge, interpersonal and collaborative skills, applied biomedical skills, critical thinking, and regional and community engagement.

The Bachelor of Health 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; Māori, 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. With a BHealth you will be well positioned to contribute to innovative approaches that address the complex health issues which matter to the different communities in New Zealand and internationally.

*Hauora, as represented in this material, is defined as a holistic approach that values the interconnection between the physical and meta physical in ways that nourish and sustain the vitality of people and their communities. In doing so recognition is attributed to past generations, historical contexts, and connections to the land.

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Key information

Years: 3.0
Points: 360
Study Locations:Hamilton
Start Dates: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Estimated Fees* (Domestic): $7,608 per year
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Estimated Fees* (International): $31,950 per year
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate International
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*Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

Degree Planner

Degree planner — BHealth (Poutū-manahau Population Health)

Poutū-manahau reflects our endeavours to revitalise the mana of our communities, to address health in ways that breathe life into hauora as practice.

Poutū-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. Poutū-manahau Population Health embraces integrative knowledge of theories and analytical approaches (across psychology, health communication and engagement, sociology, economics, epidemiology, and Māori and indigenous studies) to understand,  critique and design health initiatives, policies, practices, interventions and their outcomes.

  • Major
  • Compulsory
  • Elective


100 level
  • MAORI101 Introduction to Conversational Māori for Absolute Beginners
  • MAORI102 He Hīnatore ki te Ao Māori: Introducing the Māori World
  • MAORI111 Te Reo Māori: Introductory 1
300 level
  • MAORI302 Mātauranga Māori, Indigenous Knowledges
  • SCIEN305 Science and Mātauranga Māori
This information is provisional and subject to change.

Degree planner — BHealth in Poutū-mārō Biomedical Sciences

Poutū-mārō represents resilience, flexibility, and our desire to seek and weave together knowledge that supports our capacity to balance all aspects of hauora.

Poutū-mārō 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 Mātauranga Māori, health communication, and bioethics to develop biomedical understandings and skills that will allow students to work across the health sector.

  • Major
  • Compulsory
  • Elective


100 level
300 level
This information is provisional and subject to change.

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Graduates will be prepared to enter postgraduate study leading to higher-level qualifications as well as being ready to take up immediate employment opportunities. The Biomedical Sciences programme will also provide a pathway for further graduate study in health and health science areas, such as medical school, dentistry, physiotherapy, pharmacy, and medical research (biomedical research scientist, medicinal chemist, etc).


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