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Bachelor of Health Sciences

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This qualification is designed for those who want to work in and with communities and with individuals, contributing to ensure positive health outcomes.


You will be equipped to work in the community, in existing or newly developed roles that assist with integrating the jigsaw of care available to patients in the community, including those with complex needs and disability. You may work alongside patients to assist them with decision-making about the care they want to receive, or you may work with communities to promote health and reduce health inequalities.


The types of roles that this qualification supports are diverse and all engage with communities and individuals, and they include:

  • Care managers in organisations such as ACC or the Ministry of Social Development.
  • Care co-ordinators in primary care such as within general practice.
  • Rehabilitation co-ordinators.
  • Needs assessors.
  • Health promotion within such organisations as District Health Boards, Primary Health Organisations, the Mental Health Foundation, the Cancer Society, or Māori health providers.
  • Policy analysts for government departments.
  • Community health workers.
  • Navigator roles including whānau ora navigators.

You are able to focus your study into one of four majors:

More information about the Bachelor of Health Sciences

Read the page for the Programme Requirements.
Email: bhealsc@otago.ac.nz