Population Health


Only about half the very large workforce servicing health involves practitioner roles such as medicine, nursing or social work. The other half involves a wide range of roles in diverse areas such as project management, community development, systems organisation and research evaluation. This programme offers you the opportunity to begin a career in these diverse roles. The first year of the degree is also one of the main entry points for other professional programme in our Faculty, including medicine, nursing and pharmacy.

Areas of study

The BHSc covers a broad range of subjects that combine backgrounds in biological sciences, social sciences and human behaviour. These feed into key areas of study that include: health systems, health promotion, health management, health policy, Maori health, mental health, addictive behaviour, Pacific health, Asian health, health care ethics, inequalities and many more topics.

You can study Population Health in the following programmes:

What you will learn

You will learn the basics of what we know about keeping a population healthy. This will include a thorough knowledge of the role of research, the role of context, community and culture in achieving health goals and the main theoretical frames upon which interventions and health services are developed.

Career opportunities

The range of possible job opportunities for graduates is large and includes work in community-based services, DHB hospital services, health policy and planning, health insurance, project management etc. We have organised learning in the programme into five “pathways” which consist of: health promotion, health information and analysis, health systems, mental health and addictions and population health nutrition. You also have the option of enrolling in one of five conjoint degrees (law, science, commerce, nursing, arts). These combinations will increase your employment options.

More information

For more information see Population Health.