Why study Māori Health?
As a graduate majoring in Māori Health, you may take up roles within the Māori 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 Māori, and be culturally and clinically responsive.
You will develop a positive attitude to make a difference for Māori health across diverse roles and support the growth of the Māori health and disability workforce.
Student profile – Alisa Te Ao
Studying Māori Health has made Alisa Te Ao aware that meaningful change can take place at all levels of the healthcare system.
“I had always put dentistry and medicine on a pedestal and was sure they were the only pathways I could take to influence change for Māori and Pacific people. However, after some research, I found the Māori Health major and my outlook completely changed.
“Through this major, I've been taught how to think, not what to think, and I attribute this to the teaching staff. They nurture your curiosity and foster an overwhelming passion for wanting to create change within the healthcare system, so it's equitable for everyone in Aotearoa.
“Meaningful change can be made through all positions in all sectors of the healthcare system and I would love to work on a community level with those who are in need.
“For the first time in my life, my culture has not been treated as a hindrance to my learning but an asset. I used to view failing HSFY (Health Sciences First Year) as my greatest failure but now, after studying Māori Health, I've realised it was one of the best things to have happened to me.”