Waikato bringing in new era for the health and wellbeing of Aotearoa

In 2020, the University of Waikato is launching two new innovative, future-focused qualifications that aim to create positive change in New Zealand’s health system.



The Bachelor of Health, and the Certificate in Health and Wellbeing, are the first qualifications in New Zealand to combine multiple disciplines in a programme that will help graduates find employment in the health sector and improve the current health system.


These qualifications will give graduates the skills they need to address the wide range of diverse and complex health issues facing our communities. Through the programme, students will learn to understand the physical, mental, social, and spiritual needs of all New Zealanders.


Aotearoa is a diverse nation of cultures and beliefs, and we need a healthcare system that reflects where our future is going. It’s about looking at the bigger picture, how all aspects of health and wellbeing work together and acknowledging that one size does not fit all.


This is where the University of Waikato’s unique qualifications equip students with the knowledge, skills and passion to make a positive change. By taking a holistic approach to healthcare, graduates will help create real change in New Zealand’s healthcare system, delivering care that is accessible, relevant and sustainable.


The three-year Bachelor of Health consists of two optional pathways: poutū-manahau (population health) and poutū-mārō (biomedical sciences). Poutū-manahau reflects our commitment to revitalise the mana of our communities, and to address health in ways that breathes life into hauora as practice.


Poutū-māro represents resilience, flexibility and our desire to seek and weave together knowledge that supports our capacity to balance all aspects of hauora.


The degree is a multidisciplinary programme, enabling future leaders who can contribute to legislation and policy.


This programme is comprehensive, bringing together papers from human biology, the social sciences, Māori, Pacific and Indigenous studies, law, health and management.


The one year certificate is suitable for first-time students looking to make a difference in their community, as well as those who are currently working in the sector. Graduates will be given an introduction to the disciplinary areas and perspectives of health presented in the degree.


Teaching staff across both the degree, and the certificate, represent a holistic approach to health and will work closely with business, industry, community and research institutes.


This approach ensures student learning is research-led and practice-relevant.


Graduates will have both the theoretical knowledge and technical skills to work in the health sector. Their knowledge will be multi-disciplinary, flexible and transferable to a wide range of vocations and occupations. They will also be able to apply their knowledge of tikanga, te reo Māori, and Te Tiriti o Waitangi within health-related contexts.


Equipped with new-found knowledge across a range of applications, graduates will be at the forefront of change, with the ability to appropriately critique health initiatives, policies, practices, interventions and outcomes. They will be able to do this through robust analysis, interpretation and presentation of health research data.


Our aim is to help New Zealand progress towards a health system that is more equitable and responsive to the diverse needs of our communities. We want you to be part of this exciting future and be one of the first to study one of the brand new qualifications on offer at the University of Waikato.



Join us and help make positive change – enrol now for the Bachelor of Health or the Certificate in Health and Wellbeing.


For information visit www.waikato.ac.nz/study/qualifications/bachelor-of-health


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