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Healthy Active Living

Healthy Active Living is an interdisciplinary programme that conceptualises health in a positive and holistic sense. The major focuses on key relational and communication skills that are foundational to working with individuals and their whānau, supporting them holistically to improve their well-being. It pairs these skills with knowledge and skills for exercise physiology, prescription, and nutrition.

Healthy Active Living is available as a first major for the Bachelor of Sport and Human Performance (BSHP) . It may also be included as a second major or minor in other undergraduate degrees, subject to approval of the Division 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.
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Career opportunities

  • Health promotor
  • Health coach
  • Health and physical education teacher

100 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
HPSCI101Introduction to Human Performance Science15.024B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga)
This paper will provide an introduction to Human Performance Science.
HTHPR101Promoting Mental and Physical Health15.024B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga)
This paper provides a broad introduction to health promotion. It includes an overview of core models for health promotion from medicine, psychology, sociology, and education. A range of key aspects of mental and physical health that are a focus of health promotion will be introduced.

200 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
HPSCI205Exercise Prescription15.024A (Tauranga) & 24B (Hamilton)
This paper introduces students to the study of safe and effective exercise prescription to meet a range of health, fitness, and performance goals across different populations.
HPSCI207Exercise Physiology15.024A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
This paper examines human physiology in the context of exercise. Short and long term responses of physiological systems will be examined with a focus on adaptations that support wellbeing and performance.
PUBRL202Health Communication15.024A (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 Points Occurrence / Location
HPSCI301Advanced Exercise Physiology15.024A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
The paper critically examines complex physiological mechanisms and explores innovative strategies to manipulate these mechanisms to enhance fitness, performance and health.

Cole McOnie The degree has made such a big difference to my sporting career; having the knowledge and insights to be able to talk to my coach and sports scientists, to have in-depth discussions and input into what we can try and test, and trusting that I now know what I’m talking about.

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Te Huataki Waiora School of Health
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