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Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHealSc)

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Overview

The Bachelor of Health Sciences is a three-year degree for those who want to work in health in the areas of public health, Māori health, Pacific health, in roles such as case managers or care co-ordinators in the healthcare system.

There is an increasing need for public health approaches as we face important health challenges such as an ageing population, increases in chronic diseases such as diabetes mellitus, limited health resources, and environmental change and its effects on health.

Future health care will see more individual care delivered in the community, and new health care roles will be developed in order to deliver care differently, and help individuals negotiate the jigsaw of services available to patients in the community.

This qualification focuses on the skills to work with patients and communities to promote health, access health-related information, and ensure patients are accessing and receiving the most appropriate care for their conditions.

If you are intending to enrol in one of the Health Sciences professional programmes you will need to enrol initially in the Health Sciences First year course.

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Major subject areas

For a Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHealSc) degree, you must major in at least one of the following subjects:

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Minor subject areas

Selecting a minor subject is not compulsory and there may be other combinations of papers more appropriate to your degree. There are no particular subject requirements for the other papers of your degree, but if you wish you may have another subject specified as a minor subject in your degree by passing the prescribed papers for any of the listed subjects.

Full list of available minor subject areas.

Contact details

Division of Health Sciences

Email bhealsc@otago.ac.nz

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Programme Requirements

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

Level Papers Points
100-level

EDUC 105  Disability Studies: An Introduction

HUBS 191  Human Body Systems 1

HUBS 192  Human Body Systems 2

PUBH 192  Foundations of Epidemiology

EDUC 105 can be taken during the second year of study

18

18

18

18

200-level

CMHC 201  Human Health Across the Lifespan

CMHC 211  Disability and Health I

MAOH 201  Hauora Māori in Practice: Working with Individuals and Whānau

PUBH 201  Pacific Health: New Zealand and the Pacific Region

at least two of
BITC 201  Bioethics and the Life Sciences
GEOG 219  Special Topic: Geographies of Health and Well-being
PATH 201  Foundations in Human Pathology
PUBH 203  Health Policy and Politics
PUBH 211  Epidemiology of Global Health Conditions
SOCI 205  Social Inequality

18

18

18

18

36

300-level

CMHC 301  Applied Aspects of Human Health

CMHC 311  Disability and Health II

MAOH 301  Hauora Māori in Practice: Working with Organisations and Communities

PACH 301  Pacific Health: Advanced Applied Knowledge

Information will be available for these papers in September 2018.

18

18

18

18

Plus

108 further points

The following papers are suggested: ANTH 105, BIOC 192, BSNS 113, CELS 191, CHEM 191, MAOR 102, PACI 101, PSYC 111, PSYC 112; ANAT 241, ANAT 242, BITC 201, MAOR 202, MICR 223, PACI 201, PHAL 211, MELS 251, PSME 201, PSYC 212, PUBH 202; BITC 301, INDV 301, PACI 301, PUBH 311

108
Total   360

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Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHealSc) majoring in Māori Health

Level Papers Points
100-level

MAOR 102  Māori Society

HUBS 191  Human Body Systems 1

HUBS 192  Human Body Systems 2

PUBH 192  Foundations of Epidemiology

MAOR 102 can be taken during the second year of study

18

18

18

18

200-level

CMHC 201  Human Health Across the Lifespan

MAOH 201  Hauora Māori in Practice: Working with Individuals and Whānau

PUBH 202  Health Promotion

PUBH 204  Hauora Māori: Challenges and Opportunities

at least two of
CMHC 211  Disability and Health I
MAOR 202  Māori and Tikanga
MAOR 204  Te Tiriti o Waitangi
MAOR 211  Te Pihinga 1
PUBH 203  Health Policy and Politics
SOWK 236  The Treaty and Social Services

18

18

18

18

36

300-level

MAOH 301  Hauora Māori in Practice: Working with Organisations and Communities*

PUBH 304  Rangahau Hauora Māori - Māori Health Research*

at least two of
CMHC 301  Applied Aspects of Human Health*
CMHC 311  Disability and Health II*
PHSE 320  Akoranga Whakakori: Māori Physical Activity and Health
PUBH 303  Public and Global Health: Current Issues*
SOWK 304  Kaupapa Māori, and Indigenous Approaches to Social Work

*More information will be available for these papers in September 2018.

18

18

36

Plus

108 further points

The following papers are suggested: BSNS 111, EDUC 105, MANT 101, MAOR 112, MAOR 110, SOWK 111; BITC 201, MAOR 212, PACH 201, PUBH 211, SOCI 205; INDV 301, INDV 302, MAOR 311, MAOR 312

108
Total   360

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Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHealSc) majoring in Pacific and Global Health

Level Papers Points
100-level

HUBS 191  Human Body Systems 1

HUBS 192  Human Body Systems 2

PUBH 192  Foundations of Epidemiology

18

18

18

200-level

PACH 201  Pacific Health: New Zealand and the Pacific Region

PUBH 203  Health Policy and Politics

PUBH 211  Epidemiology of Global Health Conditions

at least three of
BITC 201  Bioethics and the Life Sciences
HIST 210  War and Environment
PACI 201  Contemporary Pacific Island Issues
POLS 213  New Zealand Foreign Policy
PUBH 202  Health Promotion

18

18

18

54

300-level

PACH 301  Pacific Health: Advanced Applied Knowledge*

PUBH 303  Public and Global Health: Current Issues*

at least two of
ANTH 323  Anthropology of Health
BITC 301  Bioethics
POLS 320  Pacific Geopolitics in the 21st Century
PUBH 311  Public Health Research

*Information will be available for these papers in September 2018.

18

18

36

Plus

108 further points

The following papers are suggested: ACCT 102, ASIA 101, BSNS 113, ECON 112, GLBL 101, HIST 107, PACI 103, STAT 115; ECON 201, ENGL 228, MANT 101, MANT 217, MANT 251, SOCI 205, STAT 241; ECON 306, HIST 337, MANT 341, POLS 303, STAT 341

108
Total   360

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Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHealSc) majoring in Public Health

Level Papers Points
100-level

HUBS 191  Human Body Systems 1

HUBS 192  Human Body Systems 2

PUBH 192  Foundations of Epidemiology

18

18

18

200-level

PUBH 202  Health Promotion

PUBH 204  Hauora Māori: Challenges and Opportunities

PUBH 211  Epidemiology of Global Health Conditions

at least three of
ANTH 210  Translating Culture or ANTH 211  Contemporary Ethnographic Research
CMHC 201  Human Health Across the Lifespan
GEOG 219  Special Topic: Geographies of Health and Well-being
PACH 201  Pacific Health: New Zealand and the Pacific Region
PUBH 203  Health Policy and Politics
SOCI 205  Social Inequality
SOWK 236  The Treaty and Social Services

18

18

18

54

300-level

PUBH 303  Public and Global Health: Current Issues*

PUBH 304  Rangahau Hauora Māori - Māori Health Research* or PUBH 311  Public Health Research

at least two of
ANTH 322  Conceiving Reproduction or ANTH 323  Anthropology of Health
CMHC 301  Applied Aspects of Human Health*
GEOG 379  Special Topic in Human Geography
PACH 301  Pacific Health: Advanced Applied Knowledge*
PUBH 304  Rangahau Hauora Māori - Māori Health Research*
PUBH 311  Public Health Research
SOCI 306  Public Sociology
SOWK 304  Kaupapa Māori, and Indigenous Approaches to Social Work

*Information will be available for these papers in September 2018.

18

18

 

36

Plus

126 further points

The following papers are suggested: BSNS 113, EDUC 105, ECON 112, HIST 107, MAOR 102, MAOR 110, PACI 103, PHIL 105, SOWK 111, STAT 115; ECON 201, HIST 223, MAOR 202, MAOR 204, PHSE 203, POLS 202, PSME 201, STAT 241; ECON 306, HIST 306, INDV 301, PHSE 315, PHSE 320, POLS 303, STAT 341

126
Total   360

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Regulations for the Degree of Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHealSc)

  1. Structure of the Programme

    1. Every degree programme shall consist of papers worth not less than 360 points.
    2. Except as provided for in regulation 1(d), every programme of study for the degree shall satisfy the requirements for at least one of the major subjects listed in the BHealSc Schedule Part 1. No paper above 200-level may count towards more than one major subject requirement.
    3. The programme may include one or more optional minor subjects which satisfy the minor subject requirements in the BHealSc Schedule Part 2, Arts and Music Schedule A, or Commerce Schedule A, or Science Schedule A, or Applied Science Schedule A. No paper may count for both a major and a minor subject requirement or for more than one minor subject requirement unless that paper is at 100- or 200-level and is specified as compulsory for both requirements.
      1. A student who has withdrawn permanently from study for any of the degrees of Bachelor of Dental Surgery, or Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science, or Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, or Bachelor of Pharmacy, or Bachelor of Physiotherapy, having passed papers worth at least 360 points towards the programme concerned, may be admitted to the degree without specification of a major subject.
      2. A student who has withdrawn permanently from study for any of the degrees of Bachelor of Dental Technology, or Bachelor of Oral Health, or Bachelor of Radiation Therapy, having passed papers worth at least 360 points, including 300-level papers worth at least 72 points for the programme concerned, may be admitted to the degree without specification of a major subject.
  2. Prerequisites, Corequisites and Restrictions

    Every programme of study shall satisfy the requirements for prerequisites, corequisites and restrictions set out in the Prescriptions (published in the Guide to Enrolment).

  3. Variations

    The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.

Note: A major subject is not required by candidates with passes in papers for professional programmes in Health Sciences (BDS, BMLSc, MB ChB, BPharm, BPhty, BDentTech, BOH, BRT) who are awarded the degree under regulation 1(d) above.

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