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Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHealSc) Majoring in Community Health Care

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Level of study:
Bachelor's Degree
Tuition fees:
3 years
Start date: 28-February-2022
University of Otago
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Health systems in the future will see more initiatives in the community.

New health roles will be developed to deliver these initiatives and help individuals negotiate the jigsaw of health services available. Public health approaches will become increasingly important to address the broad health issues facing us in the future.

This career-focused qualification concentrates on the skills required to work with people and communities to promote health and ensure they access and receive the most appropriate care.

Navigate changing global health systems

As our world becomes more interconnected, new challenges are impacting the health and well-being of our communities.

These challenges include:

Populations and people living for longer, and often with multiple long-term conditions and disabilities

Limited health resources and greater demand for services

Environmental and social change and their effects on health

With these challenges comes an increasing need to develop innovative approaches to health care.

The Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHealSc) is a three-year degree for those who want to be an integral part of these new healthcare approaches, with the opportunity to major (specialise) in four different areas.

Community Health Care

Learn culturally responsive and integrated health approaches to navigate the way forward in our changing healthcare system.

Our interactive learning opportunities enable students to connect with people and service organisations in community healthcare settings by:

Learning about health and well-being from multiple disciplines and perspectives, including hauora Maori, in order to develop an understanding of health at a broader level

Focusing on health and well-being, disability, human development and common health problems

Becoming knowledgeable about the social and health system context in order to assist people, their whanau, and communities to navigate the health system effectively

Specifically, you will learn about:

Social and cultural contexts and explore ways to reduce inequity

How to communicate and act in an ethical, professional and compassionate way with a diverse range of individuals and communities, with a particular emphasis on understanding Maori and Pacific values

Human health and well-being across the lifespan

Health conditions and treatments


Assessment and care co-ordination

Bioethical principles underpinning health care

Career opportunities

As a BHealSc graduate majoring in Community Health Care, you will have a sound multidisciplinary understanding of health, well-being, and the health system. You will be well equipped to gain employment in a variety of community roles within primary and secondary healthcare settings, policy and managerial roles, or in health and disability services.

This is especially important as future healthcare services will be increasingly based in the community.

Graduates will have the expertise to work with a diverse range of individuals and communities across the healthcare sector to improve health outcomes for all.

Entry criteria

The minimum requirement for students is the completion of a high school qualification plus satisfactory completion of one year's study at an approved tertiary institution or successful completion of New Zealand Foundation Year programme.

We also accept the following International qualifications: International Baccalaureate: IB Diploma with a minimum of 24 points; GCE Advanced Levels: minimum grade of 8.

If your first language is not English you need to meet our English language requirements as follows: IELTS score of 6.0 in the academic module (with no individual band below 5.5); Internet-based TOEFL: Score of 80 (writing 20), Paper-based TOEFL: Score of 550 (TWE 4.5), we also accept a number of other English language tests. Due to COVID-19, we currently accept IELTS Indicator Test, and TOEFL iBT Special home Edition.

Don’t meet the English language requirements? The University of Otago Language Centre "English for Otago" programme offers a pathway for Undergraduate and Postgraduate students to meet the English language requirements for undergraduate and postgraduate study.


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