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Health, Sport and Human Performance

Turn your passion into an exciting career by studying Health, Sport and Human Performance at the University of Waikato. Our exciting study options will equip you with the latest knowledge and skills to excel in this dynamic environment.

Health, Sport and Human Performance was previously known as Sport and Leisure Studies

As one of the country's fastest growing industries, health and sport now contributes over $12 Billion dollars per year to New Zealand. Study in Health, Sport and Human Performance will reward you with exciting career opportunities and the chance to help improve the physical, social and mental well-being of others.

Our facilities boast the latest equipment in sport science specialisations, namely The University of Waikato Sports Laboratory at the Avantidrome and The University of Waikato Adams Centre for High Performance, in Tauranga. Both are equipped with cutting-edge facilities to test athlete performance, exercise and recovery, including an environmental chamber for altitude training.

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Key information

Study Locations: Hamilton; Tauranga; Online
Faculty:

Career opportunities

  • Applied Sports Scientist
  • Community Sport Adviser
  • Events Manager
  • Health and Physical Education Teacher
  • Personal Trainer
  • Sports Coach

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

A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Health, Sport and Human Performance at an advanced level in their first degree. To complete the Graduate Diploma, students must take a total of 120 points including at least 80 points at 300 level or above in Health, Sport and Human Performance. 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.

Prescriptions for the PGCert(HSHP), PGDip(HSHP), BHSHP(Hons) and MHSHP

To complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Health, Sport and Human Performance, students must complete 60 points from the following list.

To complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Health, Sport and Human Performance, students must take 120 points at 500 level from the following list.

To complete a BHSHP(Hons), students must take 120 points at 500 level. Students must complete an approved research methods paper (normally SPLS501, DSOE557 or EDUCA500) and one of SPLS590, SPLS592 or SPLS593. The BHSHP(Hons) is available for students who have completed their BHSHP or equivalent qualification, and who have attained a GPA of at least B+ in their third year papers.

To complete an MHSHP, students must take 180 points at 500 level. Students must complete an approved research methods paper (normally SPLS501, DSOE557 or EDUCA500) and one of SPLS590, SPLS592, SPLS593 or SPLS594. The MHSHP is available for students who have completed their BHSHP or equivalent qualification, and who have attained a GPA of at least B in their third year papers.

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.
DANCE101Dance, Movement and Culture19B (Hamilton)
This paper provides practical experience with different forms of dance, an introduction to choreography, and a critical examination of how dance is influenced by societal and cultural issues.
HPSCI101Introduction to Human Performance Science19A (Hamilton) & 19A (Tauranga)
This paper will provide an introduction to Human Performance Science.
HSHUP101Foundations of Health, Sport and Human Performance19A (Hamilton)
Health, sport and human performance is an interdisciplinary field of study. This paper introduces students to the foundational academic skills required for success within the Health, Sport and Human Performance degree.
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.
HPSCI201Exercise Physiology and Prescription19A (Hamilton) & 19A (Tauranga)
The paper examines the physiological mechanisms, adaptations and subsequent exercise prescription that impact on performance and wellbeing.
HPSCI202Psychomotor Learning and Performance19B (Hamilton)
The paper provides a broad research-informed introduction to themes associated with perceptual and psychological factors that influence how people learn and perform movement skills.
HPSCI203Nutrition for Health and Exercise19A (Hamilton) & 19T (Block - Tauranga)
This paper will include an overview of nutrition in the context of sport and health related settings, with focus on understanding the roles of macro and micro-nutrients, energy balance, measurement of resting, exercising energy expenditure, chronic lifestyle related disease and influences on current diet practices.
HPSCI204Biomechanics In Sport: Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention19B (Hamilton)
This paper covers basic biomechanics concepts, including static mechanics, dynamic mechanics, kinematics, and kinetics. Injury mechanics, prevention and rehabilitation principles and practices are also addressed in the context of sport.
HSHUP200Enhancing Sporting Performance19C (Block)
This interdisciplinary paper brings together the fundamental principles of sport science, coaching and instruction for the purpose of providing students with knowledge to enhance their own and/or others' sporting performance.
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 Communication Campaigns19B (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.
SDCOA201Sport and Community Development: Identity, Culture and Society19A (Hamilton)
In this paper students will develop critical understandings of how sport is used for the purposes of health, wellbeing and social development within local, national and international communities. Students will be introduced to more advanced key concepts and theories within sociology of sport and development studies, adding in conce...
SDCOA202Negotiating Sport Development and Coaching Contexts19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Online)
Sport development and coaching occurs in complex and dynamic interpersonal, physical and organisational environments. This paper introduces and develops knowledge and skills to negotiate effective partnerships for learning in the coaching and instructing nexus.
SDCOA203Coaching for Learning19A (Hamilton) & 19A (Tauranga)
This paper advances practices integral to learner/athlete centred coaching, facilitation and instruction in an array of sport and recreation settings.

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...
HPSCI301Advanced Exercise Physiology and Prescription19B (Hamilton)
The paper critically examines complex physiological mechanisms and explores innovative strategies to manipulate these mechanisms to enhance fitness, performance and health.
HPSCI302Advances in Human Performance Psychology19A (Hamilton)
The paper examines historical and contemporary approaches to the psychology of human performance in physical activity, sport and other domains, with emphasis on the role of conscious and nonconscious psychological processes that underlie movement.
HPSCI303Advanced Performance Analysis19A (Hamilton)
The paper critically examines the theoretical/biomechanical concepts involved in analysing and monitoring human movement to enhance health and performance outcomes.
HPSCI304Sport Technology and Human Performance19B (Hamilton)
This paper explores tecnological innovations in sport and human performance. It aims to investigate the various forms of technologies used to measure and monitor human performance in sport.
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 voluntary setting. This paper provides opportunities for professional and personal development within varied work-related settings relevant to the fields of health, sport and human performance. This p...
HSHUP302Industry and Community Engagement in Health, Sport and Human Performance 219A (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 voluntary setting. This paper provides opportunities for professional and personal development within varied work-related settings relevant to the fields of health, sport and human performance. This p...
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.
SDCOA301Contemporary Issues in Sport Development in Local and Global Contexts19A (Hamilton)
In this paper students will develop critical understandings of how sport is used for the purposes of health, wellbeing and social development within local, national and international communities. Students will interrogate through a social justice lens, contemporary issues in these communities and the key themes running through thes...
SDCOA302Sport for Social Justice: Leading Sport for a Better World19A (Hamilton)
In this paper students will develop critical understandings and skill sets to engage with critical issues of social justice as it aligns with sporting practices. From global and local, transnational and national examples, students will learn about these issues of social justice, and some of the strategies sportspeople, coaches, NGO...
SDCOA303Sport, Media and Communication19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Online)
This paper expands students' critical sociocultural understanding of the media. Students will develop knowledge of the production and consumption of various forms of media (including social media), and have the opportunity to develop skills in critical media analysis and production.
SDCOA304Analysing Coaching for Learning19B (Hamilton)
This paper critically examines the instructional strategies and practices adopted to promote effective instruction in selected settings. A range of technologies to support the analysis and reflection process are utilised. Students will have the opportunity to apply these in a broad range of coaching and instructional settings.

400 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
LEGAL450Contemporary Issues in Sports Law19S (Hamilton)
The law is now an integral part of sport. This course explores the application of numerous legal principles to a specialist environment, the uniqueness of which invites innovative and interesting legal arrangements. It is hoped that by the end of the course, students have a working knowledge of legal problems associated with sport....

500 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
EDUCA500Culturally Responsive Methodologies incorporating kaupapa Maori and critical theories19B (Block - Tauranga)
Cullturally Responsive Methodologies utilise kaupapa Maori and critical theoretical frameworks to develop contexts within which the researched community can define the terms for engaging, relating and co-creating new knowledge.
EDUCA557Research Methods19A (Hamilton), 19A (Tauranga), 19B (Online) & 19S (Block)
This paper introduces students to the major educational research paradigms, methodologies appropriate to collecting data in schools (including interviews, observations, surveys, case studies), action research, literature reviews, critiquing research, and report writing. It includes consideration of ethical issues in research.
HSHUP501Research Methods in Health, Sport and Human Performance19A (Hamilton) & 19B (Tauranga)
This paper will allow students to develop their skills for finding and analysing literature, gain an understanding of different research designs, methodologies and ethical issues in health, sport and human performance settings, learn different statistical and analysis techniques. This paper will split into two streams where studen...
HSHUP502Advanced Human Performance Science19A (Hamilton) & 19B (Tauranga)
This paper will provide a forum in which students can engage in critical debate concerning various sport science topics and issues, develop practical skills for use in physical and psychological testing and research settings and learn how to write scientific journal articles.
HSHUP507Advanced Sociocultural Study of Movement Cultures19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Online)
This is an advanced paper in the socio-cultural analysis of sport and movement cultures, with emphasis on the relationship(s) between sport, movement, physical culture and ideology. Students will develop skills in identifying, theorising, and writing up critical analyses of contemporary (or historical) issues in movement cultures.
HSHUP508Promoting Quality Movement Experiences in Education Settings19A (Hamilton) & 19A (Online)
This paper will provide students with an opportunity to critically examine movement as positions, practiced and experienced in education settings. Students will have the opportunity to apply learning to a context of their choosing e.g. schools, youth sport, outdoor recreation, dance and develop skills that enhance their ability to...
HSHUP520Special Topic19C (Hamilton)
No description available.
HSHUP590Directed Study19C (Online)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
HSHUP592Dissertation19C (Online)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
HSHUP593Health, Sport and Human Performance Thesis19C (Online)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
HSHUP594Health, Sport and Human Performance Thesis19C (Online)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.

800 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
HSHUP800Health, Sport and Human Performance MPhil Thesis19C (Hamilton)
No description available.

900 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
HSHUP900Health, Sport and Human Performance PhD Thesis19C (Hamilton) & 19C (Tauranga)
No description available.
HSHUP901Health, Sport and Human Performance Creative Practice PhD Thesis19C (Hamilton)
No description available.

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Graduate study options

Master of Health, Sport and Human Performance


We offer a range of undergraduate papers that have a practical component as well as those that exclusively promote learning from experience in the field of health, sport and human performance. These papers enable you to participate, contribute, learn and critically reflect on the area of sport and leisure.

As a university located in the heart of the Waikato Region, we are proud to foster collaborative relationships with some of the country's top sports organisations and facilities. Our partnerships allow students to get a taste of industry careers from high performance sport (Waikato Chiefs, BOP Magic and Cycling NZ) to community organisations (Sport Waikato, Parafed and Disabilities Waikato).


Contacts

Te Huataki Waiora Faculty of Health, Sport and Human Performance:

Phone: 0800 WAIKATO
Email: enrol@waikato.ac.nz
Email: health.sport@waikato.ac.nz