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Community Health

Make a difference in your community and whānau by studying Community Health.

The Community Health major is designed to ensure graduates have the knowledge, skills and understanding to make a difference in the wellbeing of the people in our local, regional and national communities. Drawing on Māori, Indigenous, critical and sociological perspectives, students will be provided with the opportunity to investigate the way health is understood and practiced in our society. Students will develop practical skills that will allow them to advocate and take action in enhancing the well-being of themselves and others.

Community Health is an interdisciplinary programme, which includes papers from the Waikato Management School as well as the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. The major embraces bi-culturalism and multi-culturalism by conceptualising health in a holistic sense. Moreover, it focuses on key relational and communication skills that are foundational to working with people in the health sector.

Community Health is available as a major for the Bachelor of Health, Sport and Human Performance. Community Health may also be included as a second major or minor in other undergraduate degrees, subject to the approval of the Faculty in which the student is enrolled.

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Key information

Study Locations:Hamilton, Tauranga
Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.

Study Community Health in these qualifications

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Career opportunities

  • Community Sport Adviser
  • Events Manager
  • Health and Physical Education Teacher

Study in Tauranga

From 2019, a selection of papers in Community Health (and other Health, Sport, and Human Performance subjects) will be available in Tauranga. To complete a full BHSHP will require some study in Hamilton.

Prescriptions for the GradCert(CommHth) and GradDip(CommHth)

A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Community Health at an advanced level in their first degree. To complete the Graduate Diploma, students must take a total of 120 points including at least 75 points at 300 level or above in Community Health. Programmes of study are planned according to interests and prior academic background and experience, and intending candidates should therefore consult the Chairperson of Health, Sport and Human Performance.

For further details, contact the Faculty of Health, Sport and Human Performance.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
CMYHE101Understanding Hauora, Health and Wellbeing19A (Hamilton), 19A (Online) & 19A (Tauranga)
This paper examines a social determinants approach to Health. It includes exploration of a range of interactions that influence the health of populations and determinants of health in New Zealand and global contexts.
HPSCI101Introduction to Human Performance Science19A (Hamilton) & 19A (Tauranga)
This paper will provide an introduction to Human Performance Science.
HSHUP102The Fundamentals of Coaching and Instruction19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Tauranga)
This paper develops an introductory working knowledge of coaching and instructing including communication and management strategies, and how to create environments that support the diverse learning needs of individuals and groups.
PSYCH101Social Psychology, Health and Well-being19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Tauranga)
This paper will introduce major issues in psychology particularly as they relate to health, wellbeing, mental illness, forensic psychology, lifespan development, and social factors in a range of contexts.
SDCOA101Sport, Culture and Development: Trends and Issues19B (Hamilton), 19B (Online) & 19B (Tauranga)
In this paper students will gain an introduction to sociological understandings of sport and movement cultures. They will develop new ways of critically thinking about the important role sport plays in contemporary society, including the economy, politics, tourism, the media, and our sense of identity, belonging and community. Stud...

200 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
CMYHE201Healthy Lifestyles and Healthy Communities19B (Hamilton)
This paper aims to develop understanding of sociological analyses and critiques of health promotion and to develop comprehension of the relationship between practice and the wider cultural, environmental, political, and social contexts in which health promotion occurs.
CMYHE202Understanding the Healthy Body: Sociocultural Perspectives19A (Hamilton)
This paper develops students' understanding of health as a social and cultural issue, not just a biological one.
HSHUP201Psychology of Health, Sport and Human Performance19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Online)
This paper addresses key psychological aspects of health, sport and human performance. Select psychological concepts are covered to develop knowledge, understanding and skills important to a broad range of career and leadership pathways within and beyond sport, health and exercise. Topics will include confidence and motivation, go...
MAORI204Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Health and Wellbeing19A (Hamilton) & 19A (Tauranga)
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.
PSYCH202Mauri Ora: Social Psychology of Human Flourishing19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Tauranga)
The paper will examine important conceptual frameworks and theory within social psychology and the social sciences generally. Maori perspectives and exemplars will be a significant emphasis within the paper.
PUBRL202Health Communication19B (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
CMYHE301Critical Perspectives of Health19B (Hamilton)
In this paper students will critically engage with a range of contemporary health and social issues using a case study approach. This will include gaining a comprehensive understanding of the role of the media, popular culture and interest groups and critiquing contemporary health and social issues.
CMYHE302Health in the Digital Era19A (Hamilton) & 19A (Online)
This paper critically examines how the growth of digital technologies have influenced understandings and practices of health. Key themes in this paper address the role of digital media in constructing understandings of healthy and unhealthy lifestyles, the changing nature of the healthcare provider-patient relationship, and the dev...
HSHUP301Industry and Community Engagement in Health, Sport and Human Performance 119A (Hamilton), 19A (Online), 19B (Hamilton), 19B (Online) & 19C (Online)
This paper fulfills The University of Waikato's requirement for all students to engage with the wider community in a work-related or applied project setting. This paper provides opportunities for professional and personal development within varied work-related settings relevant to the fields of sport, health and human performance....
HSHUP390Directed Study19A (Hamilton), 19A (Online), 19A (Tauranga), 19B (Hamilton), 19B (Online), 19S (Hamilton) & 19S (Online)
This paper allows you to work independently under the supervision of a staff member to conduct an investigation on a topic of your choice.
PSYCH302Community, Culture and Diversity19A (Hamilton) & 19A (Tauranga)
The focus of this paper is the study of social justice, intersectionality, transformative interventions, and social change strategies that are central to community, indigenous and liberation psychologies. Issues covered include inequalities, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class and (dis)ability. Key considerations are the broader co...
PUBRL301Stakeholder and Community Engagement19A (Hamilton)
This paper is designed to develop capacity in students to develop and facilitate ethical collaborative communication and relationship engagement activities with a diverse range of stakeholders within communities.
SOCPY301Health, Wellbeing and Policy19B (Hamilton)
This paper provides a critical introduction to key issues in the formation of health policy at both a national and international level.

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Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship  Open

For school leavers with strengths in three key pillars: 1) excellence in a sport or creative/performing art, 2) high academic achievement, and 3) strong leadership qualities or potential. Students taking one gap year may also apply. The Selection Panel will also take into account the applicant’s willingness and ability to fully participate in, and contribute to, the Hillary Scholarship Programme.
Closing Date: 31 Aug 2019

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Students who major in Community Health as part of the Bachelor of Health, Sport and Human Performance often pursue further study at masters or doctorate level to enhance their understanding of a specialised area within the sport and leisure industry. Our researchers have strong links with the industry and other researchers nationally and internationally.

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