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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 on 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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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, STMGT101.

Year 2

Students must take the following papers: GEOGY209, HELTH201, HELTH202, HELTH203, MAORI204, POPST201, PUBRL202, and 15 point 200-level programme elective from the list below.

Electives: BIOMO201, BIOMO202, BIOMO203, BIOMO204, CHEMY201, CHEMY202, CHEMY203, CHEMY204, CMYHE201, CMYHE202, ECONS205, ENVPL200, ENVPL201, ENVSC201, ENVSC202, HMDEV202, HMDEV240, HRMGT202, LCOMM202, MAORI200, MAORI202, MAORI203, MAORI211, MAORI212, MAORI222, MAORI250, PACIS200, PHILO225, PSYCH202, SOCPY200, SOCPY201.

Year 3

Students must take the following papers: HELTH302, 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, PUBRL301.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
BIOMD101Introduction to Human Biology20A (Hamilton)
This paper will introduce the student to the basics of human anatomy and physiology.
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.
MAORI101Introduction to Conversational Māori for Absolute Beginners20A (Hamilton), 20A (Tauranga) & 20B (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 World20A (Hamilton), 20A (Online), 20B (Hamilton), 20B (Online), 20G (Online) & 20X (Hamilton)
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 120A (Hamilton), 20X (Hamilton) & 20X (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 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.
PSYCH101Social Psychology, Health and Well-being20B (Hamilton) & 20B (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 Policy20A (Hamilton) & 20A (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 Occurrence / Location
GEOGY209Health, People, Place20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
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.
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.
POPST201Population Studies20A (Hamilton) & 20A (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 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
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.
POPST302Exploring Population Change20B (Hamilton) & 20B (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 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.
SOCPY301Health, Wellbeing and Policy20A (Hamilton) & 20A (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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