Undergraduate study in Health and Society

Health and Society is being discontinued as a major from 2024 onwards. 

For students already enrolled in the major, you will be contacted directly - if you want to get in touch, email asc@auckland.ac.nz

If you were interested in studying Health and Society, you may wish to consider Anthropology and can contact the Anthropology Academic Adviser for further guidance. You can also explore our full list of Arts majors.

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.


Explore the undergraduate courses you can take as part of a Bachelor of
Arts majoring in Health and Society. You would normally take Stage I
courses in your first year, Stage II in your second and Stage III in your

Stage I courses
Stage II courses
Stage III courses

Required courses

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


Scholarships and awards

Help and advice

Our friendly staff will provide you with advice on planning your degree and enrolling in your courses at Student Hubs.

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