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Poutū-mārō Biomedical Sciences

Learn how to contribute to the health of Aotearoa New Zealand by understanding the science behind it.

Poutū-mārō Biomedical Sciences 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.

Developed and underpinned by the term hauora, we endeavour to respect the collective essence of health and wellbeing as well as applying the bio-medical principals that are essential for robust, quality healthcare. Hauora is 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.

As we seek to change the health workforce of the future, you  will need knowledge of health service quality and equity, and applied technologies, 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. To genuinely enact hauora in practice graduates of the BHealth (Poutū-mārō Biomedical Sciences) will embrace and respect multi-disciplinary views, practice in ways that exhibit an understanding of hauora as it relates to the individual, whānau and community. As Aotearoa New Zealand moves towards the adoption of hauora in practice and a diversification of the workforce, there are exciting possibilities for roles that will be embedded in our communities.

The Poutū-mārō Biomedical Sciences major is underpinned by the following six core concepts, that are the BHealth’s point of difference:

  • Māori and indigenous perspectives and practices;
  • Holistic understandings of hauora, health and wellbeing;
  • Community collaboration and engagement;
  • Analytical and communication skills;
  • Clear links to regional/rural health, social justice and equity, and critical perspectives;
  • Competencies desired in the practices of health professionals, as identified through consultation with key stakeholders and industry.

These six core strengths underpin a degree that will appeal to those interested in health in the broader sense, beyond primary healthcare. It will also be an ideal qualification for those who are already working in some way in health and want to gain broader and multi-disciplinary perspectives of hauora, health and the health system.

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Career opportunities

  • Laboratory technician in areas such as micro-biology, immunology or biochemistry
  • Research associate/coordinator
  • Health protection
  • Science writer
  • Pathway to graduate allied health and medical qualification

Year 1

Students must take the following papers: BIOEB101, BIOMD101, BIOMO101, either CHEMY100 or CHEMY102, CSMAX101, HELTH101, MAORI150, and a 15 point 100-level programme elective from the list below.

Electives: CHEMY101, CHEMY102, ECONS102, ENVSC101, MAORI101, MAORI102, MAORI103, MAORI111, MAORI112, PACIS100, STMGT101.

Year 2

Students must take the following papers: BIOMO201, BIOMO202, BIOMO203, BIOMO204, HELTH201, MAORI204, PUBRL202, and a 15 point 200-level programme elective from the list below.

Electives: CHEMY201, CHEMY202, CHEMY203, CHEMY204, CMYHE201, CMYHE202, ECONS205, ENVSC201, ENVSC202, HPSCI203, MAORI200, MAORI202, MAORI203, MAORI211, MAORI212, MAORI222, MAORI250, PACIS200, PHILO225, POPST201, PSYCH202, SOCPY200, SOCPY201.

Year 3

Students must take the following papers: BIOMD301, BIOMD302, BIOMD303, BIOMO306, HELTH301, LEGAL300, either MAORI302 or SCIEN305, and a 15 point 300-level programme elective from the list below.

Electives: BIOMO301, BIOMO302, BIOMO304, CHEMY301, CHEMY302, CHEMY303, CHEMY304, CMYHE301, CMYHE302, ECONS302, HPSCI301, MAORI303, MAORI304, MAORI311, MAORI312, PACIS300, POPST302, PUBRL301.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
BIOEB101Concepts of Biology20A (Hamilton)
An introduction to the foundations of biology, including the structure and functioning of cells, evolution, the origins and diversity of life, and a tour of the major forms of life and their defining characteristics.
BIOMD101Introduction to Human Biology20A (Hamilton)
This paper will introduce the student to the basics of human anatomy and physiology.
BIOMO101Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology20B (Hamilton)
An introduction to the central concepts of Molecular and Cellular Biology, including the ultrastructure and function of cells, the biochemical processes involved, and the role of DNA in cellular function, inheritance and evolution.
CHEMY100Chemistry in Context20A (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
This is an introductory paper for students with a limited background in chemistry. There is a strong emphasis on teaching chemical concepts through real-world examples relevant to different science and engineering disciplines.
CHEMY102Chemical Reactivity20B (Hamilton)
A theoretical and practical course covering aspects of physical and organic chemistry. This course is required for the chemistry major.
CSMAX101The World of Data20B (Hamilton)
This paper teaches students how to build datasets for analysis in health science, and critically evaluate and effectively present the results of such analyses, using commonly used software such as Excel, R, and SPSS. Students are introduced to issues of privacy, and cultural considerations for Maori and Indigenous health.
HELTH101Hauora: Thinking about Health20A (Hamilton)
Health is a multi-disciplinary field of study that draws on multiple cultural perspectives. This paper introduces students to the foundational academic skills required for success within the BHealth, through the lens of hauora, health and wellbeing.
MAORI150Te Tiriti o Waitangi: An Introduction to the Treaty of Waitangi20A (Tauranga) & 20B (Hamilton)
This paper seeks to provide a sound understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. It reviews historical and contemporary interpretations and takes into account the interplay of contextual issues of the time.

200 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
BIOMO201Biochemistry20A (Hamilton)
The aim of this paper is to familiarize students with the structure and function of proteins, nucleic acids, lipids and carbohydrates (as fundamental molecules of life). Students will be introduced to molecular techniques used to study these molecules and gain an appreciation of how they interact in living organisms in health and d...
BIOMO202Genetics20B (Hamilton)
This paper deals with genetics in the widest sense from the molecular and cellular to the applied and evolutionary. Both prokaryote and eukaryote genetics are discussed with respect to DNA replication, hereditary, gene expression and control, and the role of mutations at both the DNA and chromosomal levels. The paper provides a pat...
BIOMO203Microbiology20A (Hamilton)
This paper will focus on microbial cell structure, function, and metabolism. Content and context will be drawn from both human and environmental examples. Students will acquire skills in microbiological laboratory techniques, data collection, data analysis, and report presentation. This paper is required for the Molecular and Cellu...
BIOMO204Cell and Organ Physiology in Health and Disease20B (Hamilton)
This paper integrates basic cell physiology with organ-based physiology and histology, providing students with a comprehensive understanding of the structure-function relationships in physiological processes. Intercellular communication, tissue/organ structure and systems physiology will be discussed in the context of health and di...
MAORI204Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Health and Wellbeing20A (Hamilton)
This paper looks at health and wellbeing from Maori and Indigenous perspectives, including models and frameworks in relation to Health, Sport, Human Performance and Indigenous communities.
PUBRL202Health Communication20B (Hamilton)
This paper explores the construction and evaluation of communication campaigns to address health issues in communities and organisations. The campaigns use communication theory to design persuasive and innovative health campaigns.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
BIOMO306Molecular Biology and Health20B (Hamilton)
This paper will provide the application of molecular biology knowledge and skills in the health sciences. This paper is specifically designed to bring together the areas of genetics, biochemistry, microbiology and physiology and look at how they are informing the prevention and treatment of human diseases. Throughout the paper, Uni...
MAORI302Mātauranga Māori, Indigenous Knowledges20B (Hamilton)
This paper looks at the influence and forms that Matauranga Maori has had and has taken in various postcolonial formations, including in science and research, education, policy and social reform.
SCIEN305Science and Matauranga Maori20A (Hamilton) & 20B (Hamilton)
This paper will provide science graduates with an understanding of both scientific and Matauranga Maori perspectives on topical issues and the ability to apply these in a Vision Matauranga context.

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