Population Health


Only about half the very large workforce servicing health are practitioners such as doctors, nurses or social workers. The other half work 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 pathways into other professional programmes, 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, Māori 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 about keeping a population healthy. You will explore the role of research, 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 job opportunities for graduates is large and includes work in community-based services, DHB hospital services, health policy and planning, health insurance, and project management. We have organised the programme into five pathways: health promotion, health information and analysis, health systems, mental health and addictions, and population health nutrition. You also have the option of enror Arts). These combinations will increase your employment options.

More information

For more information see Population Health.