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Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHealSc)

Together, we can ensure better health for all

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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 forlonger,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.

Which major is right for you?

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Community Health Care

Work alongside people living in the community to support their health and well-being.

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Māori Health

Connecting with whānau aspirations for hauora.

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Pacific and Global Health

Serving communities, creating solutions, impacting change.

Two mothers sit with their children at a community garden

Public Health

Make a difference through collective action for a healthier world and Aotearoa.

Career pathways

As a Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHealSc) graduate, you may work in a variety of roles in the healthcare system. Or use your qualification as a foundation for further study in one of the health professional programmes or at postgraduate level.

Rewarding careers exist in government policy, health promotion, and case management – it’s not just doctors or dentists who make a difference.

Role Details
Case manager Work in organisations that fund people’s care or welfare and help people recover after injury.
Community health worker Use specific cultural or community knowledge and strong networks within communities to promote health.
Health promoter Plan, implement, and evaluate activities that promote health and well-being in communities.
Primary care co-ordinator Help people find their way through the care offered by multiple providers in the community.
Policy analyst Develop and implement public health policy, programmes, and regulation. Investigate how resources are allocated to, and used in, different health systems in both the public and private sector.
Programme co‑ordinator Research, plan, implement, and evaluate health programmes and community networking.
Rehabilitation co‑ordinator Analyse and develop rehabilitation plans that suit your client’s aptitudes, education levels, physical abilities, and career goals.
Whānau ora navigator Develop and implement whānau aspirational plans within a community setting.

Please note: The Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHealSc) is different to Health Sciences First Year (HSFY). If you are intending to apply for one of the Health Sciences professional programmes based on your performance in your first year of study, you need to enrol 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:

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

Contact your local schools’ liaison officer if you're currently at secondary shool.

Or contact the Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHealSc) team:

Tel +64 3 479 7202
Email bhealsc@otago.ac.nz

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  or  POPH 192 Population Health

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

PACH 201  Pacific Health: New Zealand and the Pacific Region

at least two of
BITC 201  Bioethics and the Life Sciences
GEOG 210  Social Geography
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

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, PHSL 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  or  POPH 192  Population Health

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
SPEX 206  Te Pū o te Ora Advanced Māori Physical Education and Health

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
PUBH 303  Public and Global Health: Current Issues
SOWK 304  Kaupapa Māori, and Indigenous Approaches to Social Work
SPEX 306  Te Pou o te Koronga Advanced Māori Physical Education and Health

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, PACH 301

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  or  POPH 192  Population Health

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

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

at least two of
BITC 201  Bioethics and the Life Sciences
CMHC 211 Disability and Health I
HIST 210  War and Environment
PACI 201  Contemporary Pacific Island Issues
POLS 213  New Zealand Foreign Policy
PUBH 202  Health Promotion

18

18

18

18

36

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
CMHC 311  Disability and Health II
MAOH 301  Hauora Māori in Practice: Working with Organistions and Communities
POLS 320  Pacific Geopolitics in the 21st Century
PUBH 311  Public Health Research

18

18

36

Plus

126 further points

The following papers are suggested: ACCT 102, ASIA 101, BSNS 113, CMHC 201, ECON 112, GLBL 101, HIST 107, MANT 101, PACI 103, STAT 115; ECON 201, ENGL 228, MANT 217, MANT 251, SOCI 205, STAT 210; CMHC 301, ECON 306, HIST 337, MANT 341, PACI 301, PACI 310, POLS 303, STAT 310

126
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  or  POPH 192  Population Health

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 210  Social Geography
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 381  Social 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

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, MAOH 201, MAOR 202, MAOR 204, MFCO 222, POLS 202, PSME 201, STAT 210, SPEX 205, SPEX 206, STAT 241; ECON 306, ENVI 312, HIST 306, INDV 301, POLS 303, STAT 310

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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