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Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHealSc) Majoring in Maori Health

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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.

Understanding Maori health for the benefit of our communities

Maori Health focuses on making a difference for Maori health outcomes. You will learn about providing culturally responsive health practice when working with Maori individuals, whanau, communities, organisations and populations.

Our immersive learning environment empowers our students to impact on health care for Maori by:

Developing tools to work with Maori individuals, whanau, and communities

Applying te ao Maori values within the New Zealand health system

Becoming an agent of change for hauora Maori

Specifically, you will learn:

Historical, social, and cultural contexts to Maori health and strategies for understanding and addressing health inequities and key health issues, including Maori health research

How to apply and integrate indigenous knowledge and practices in your chosen health and social services-related career

Life course stages and health promotion, and how to grow your health knowledge base

How to work within Maori communities in a way that reflects te ao Maori and integrates your learning into positive or strengths-based health practice

Career opportunities

As a graduate majoring in Maori Health, you may take up roles within the Maori health, public health, healthcare, disability and social services sectors that work directly with communities and their organisations.

You will have the knowledge and skills to address the determinants of health and their impacts, ensure organisations foster equity and positive outcomes for Maori, and be culturally and clinically responsive.

You will develop a positive attitude to make a difference for Maori health across diverse roles and support the growth of the Maori health and disability workforce.

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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