Undergraduate study in Health and Society

What can you study in Health and Society?*

You will approach questions of health, medicine, and medical technologies from different disciplinary perspectives, exploring a range of angles within each.

You will apply social science and humanities theories and methods to your analysis and critique of medicine. This includes biomedicine and other medical systems and approaches prevalent around the world, such as shamanism, Ayurveda, and traditional Chinese medicine.

Structuring your major in Health and Society

You can take a major in Health and Society as one of your two BA majors (a double major). You will need to pass at least 120 points (eight courses) towards each of your majors, including at least 45 points (three courses) at Stage III.

As part of your Health and Society major you can take courses from Anthropology, Sociology, History, Pacific Studies, Māori Studies, Population Health, Law, and Science.


Below is a selection of courses for Health and Society. The full course selection will be available by the end of 2021. 

Stage I courses

HLTHSOC 100 Introduction to Critical Global Health

Stage II courses

HLTHSOC 201 Medicine, Power and Politics
HLTHSOC 202 Global Health and Development
HLTHSOC 203 Contemporary Issues: Pandemics

Stage III courses

HLTHSOC 301 Researching Health and Social Medicine
HLTHSOC 302 Global Health and Development
HLTHSOC 303 The Body
HLTHSOC 304 Violence and Pain
HLTHSOC 305 Culture, Science, and Technology

Required courses

You must pass the following courses as part of the Health and Society major:


Scholarships and awards

Help and advice

For help with planning your degree and enrolling in your courses, please contact the Arts Students' Centre.

If you would like to find out more about studying Health and Society, you can contact our Undergraduate Adviser.

*Please note that this major is currently subject to final regulatory approval for offer in 2022.