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Poutū-manahau Population Health

Learn how you can contribute to better health outcomes for our community.

Studying the BHealth with a specified programme in Poutū-manuhau Population Health will enable you to contribute to a more equitable health system in Aotearoa New Zealand as part of a workforce that can enact hauora in practice, and advocate for broader understandings of what constitutes health in our communities. With an approach that spans Te Ao Māori, biomedical-principles, the history of the health system, legal aspects, population studies, social policy, psychology, health funding, systems, management and communication, you will be well placed to action change for the heath and wellbeing of our communities.

In a programme of study where Māori, Pasifika, Western and other indigenous traditions are examined, we endeavour to respect the collective essence of health and wellbeing as represented by the diverse groups in our community. This includes drawing on the concept of hauora 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.

As we seek to change the health workforce of the future, we 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-manuhau Population Health) 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, and are focused on enhancing outcomes for all communities. 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.

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Study Location:Hamilton
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Career opportunities

  • Iwi and community-based health education and health promotion
  • Public policy
  • Healthcare and clinical research
  • Roles with community providers including advocates,
  • Project management and coordination

Year 1

Students must take the following papers: BIOMD101, CSMAX101, HELTH101, either MAORI101 or MAORI102 or MAORI111, MAORI150, PSYCH101, SOCPY100, and a 15 point 100-level programme elective from the list below.

Electives: CHEMY100, CHEMY101, CHEMY102, ECONS102, ENVPL100, ENVSC101, HMDEV100, MAORI102, MAORI103, MAORI112, PACIS100 and STMGT101.

Year 2

Students must take the following papers: CMYHE201, GEOGY209, HELTH201, HELTH202, MAORI204, POPST201, PUBRL202, and a 15 point 200-level programme elective from the list below.

Electives: BIOMO201, BIOMO202, BIOMO203, BIOMO204, BUSAN205, CHEMY201, CHEMY202, CHEMY203, CHEMY204, CMYHE202, ENVPL200, ENVPL201, ENVSC201, ENVSC202, HMDEV202, HMDEV240, HRMGT202, LCOMM202, MAORI200, MAORI202, MAORI203, MAORI211, MAORI212, MAORI222, MAORI250, PACIS200, PHILO225, PSYCH202, SOCPY200 and SOCPY201.

Year 3

Students must take the following papers: HELTH302 or HECSS363, HELTH303, LEGAL300, either MAORI302 or SCIEN305, POPST302, SOCPY301, and 30 points of 300-level programme electives from the list below.

Electives: BIOMO301, BIOMO302, BIOMO304, CHEMY301, CHEMY302, CHEMY303, CHEMY304, CMYHE301, CMYHE302, ECONS302, HMDEV340, HRMGT303, HRMGT304, LCOMM302, MAORI303, MAORI304, MAORI311, MAORI312, PACIS300 and PUBRL301.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
BIOMD101Introduction to Human Biology - Tinana Tangata Koiora15.023A (Hamilton) & 23A (Tauranga)
This paper will introduce the student to the basics of human anatomy and physiology. He whakataki tenei pepa i te hunga tauira ki nga tuapapa o te matai tinana me te matai whaiaroaro o te ira tangata.
CSMAX101The World of Data15.023B (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 Health15.023A (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.
MAORI101Introduction to Conversational Māori for Absolute Beginners15.023A (Hamilton), 23A (Tauranga) & 23B (Hamilton)
For absolute beginner students, this introductory paper to conversational Maori pays particular attention to pronunciation, greetings, and forms of language associated with certain cultural functions, such as mihimihi, as well as tasks such as thanking people, farewelling, communicating personal information, and naming everyday obj...
MAORI102He Hīnatore ki te Ao Māori: Introducing the Māori World15.023A (Hamilton), 23A (Online), 23B (Hamilton), 23B (Online) & 23G (Online)
An introduction to the Maori world view, social organisation, cultural concepts, including Maori astronomy, and their relevance in a contemporary society.
MAORI111Te Reo Māori: Introductory 115.023A (Hamilton), 23X (Hamilton) & 23X (Tauranga)
An introductory paper for students with little or no knowledge of the Maori language which provides basic everyday language such as: greetings, farewells, focusing on family relationships, numbers, time, shopping, talking about a trip and commands.
MAORI150Te Tiriti o Waitangi: An Introduction to the Treaty of Waitangi15.023A (Hamilton), 23A (Tauranga) & 23B (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.
PSYCH101Social Psychology, Health and Well-being15.023B (Hamilton) & 23B (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.
SOCPY100Introduction to Social Policy15.023A (Hamilton) & 23A (Tauranga)
This paper examines the values behind social policy and introduces students to some of the important issues and debates in New Zealand and other democratic societies.

200 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
CMYHE201Healthy Lifestyles and Healthy Communities15.023B (Hamilton) & 23B (Tauranga)
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.
GEOGY209Health, People, Place15.023B (Online)
This paper draws on critical analysis of health, people and place to introduce contemporary developments in socio-cultural geography. Attention is paid to spatial well-being at a range of scales.
HELTH201Epidemiology and Bio-statistics15.023B (Hamilton)
This course provides students with basic understanding of the techniques and uses of epidemiology in preventing poor health, health planning and evaluation.
HELTH202History and Politics of Health15.023A (Hamilton)
This paper explains how health services in New Zealand evolved with particular reference to the impact on Maori and Pacific health.
MAORI204Māori and Pacific Health and Wellbeing15.023A (Hamilton) & 23A (Tauranga)
This paper looks at health and wellbeing from Maori and Pacific perspectives, including models and frameworks in relation to Health, Sport, Human Performance, and Nursing.
POPST201Population Studies15.023A (Hamilton) & 23A (Online)
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the multidisciplinary field of Population Studies. Students will develop a sound understanding of the demographic drivers of population change and composition, while exploring some of the rich theories and methodological approaches which comprise Population Studies.
PUBRL202Health Communication15.023A (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
HELTH302Industry and Community Engagement in Health15.023A (Hamilton), 23B (Hamilton) & 23C (Hamilton)
This paper fulfils 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 health. This paper is designed for stu...
HELTH303Health Funding Systems and Management15.023B (Hamilton)
This paper will investigate how health care is funded and managed in New Zealand with reference to the organisation of health services in other countries in the Pacific and around the world.
LEGAL300Law and Bioethics15.023A (Hamilton)
This is a survey course designed to develop students' understanding of key issues in Medical Law and Bioethics within the legislative and policy framework of Aotearoa/New Zealand.
MAORI302Mātauranga Māori, Indigenous Knowledges15.023A (Hamilton) & 23A (Tauranga)
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.
POPST302Exploring Population Change15.023B (Hamilton) & 23B (Online)
This paper applies methods for measuring population size, composition and change, which are used extensively for understanding population issues in public policy, human resource planning, forecasting and business planning.
SCIEN305Science and Mātauranga Māori15.023A (Hamilton), 23A (Tauranga), 23C (Hamilton) & 23C (Tauranga)
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.
SOCPY301Health, Wellbeing and Policy15.023B (Hamilton), 23B (Online) & 23B (Tauranga)
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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