Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences


MBChB 2013 graduate learning outcomes

Domain: Applied Science for Medicine


Graduates will, with a broad scientific body of knowledge encompassing biological, behavioural and social sciences:

  • Discuss the normal structure, function and development of the human body and mind at all stages of life, the factors that may disturb these, and the interactions between body and mind;
  • Apply the scientific body of knowledge appropriately to common and important clinical problems and to the management of patients;
  • Apply scientific principles, research methodologies and evidence to improve practice and the health of individuals and communities.

Domain: Clinical and Communication Skills


Graduates will, with a culturally competent, empathetic patient-centred approach and with skills appropriate for the stage and setting of practice:

  • Competently
    • elicit clear, comprehensive and relevant case histories;
    • perform routine clinical examinations;
    • select and interpret appropriate diagnostic investigations;
    • perform a range of procedures for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes;
    • synthesise and integrate information to formulate differential diagnoses;
    • develop and implement a clinical management plan;
    • inform and educate patients and their families.
  • Communicate sensitively and effectively with patients, their families and colleagues using a process of shared decision-making where appropriate;
  • Access, evaluate and use new knowledge and information sources to support clinical decision-making.

Domain: Personal and Professional


Skills Graduates will:

  • Practise ethically and with regard to medicolegal obligations;
  • Practise self-reflection in personal and professional settings;
  • Explain the influence of own culture and that of the health system on patient and population health outcomes;
  • Apply a range of approaches to maintain psychological, physical and overall wellbeing to themselves and others;
  • Demonstrate the capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning;
  • Use appropriate teaching and learning strategies to educate themselves, peers, other health care professionals and the community;
  • Work as a constructive and collaborative health care team member and as a leader for elements of health care, with respect for complementary skills and competencies;
  • Make appropriate decisions in situations of incomplete knowledge, complexity/ambiguity, or resource constraint.

Domain: Hauora Māori


Graduates will, with a critical understanding of the social, cultural, political, economic and environmental determinants impacting on Māori health:

  • Engage in a culturally safe manner with Māori individuals, whānau and communities;
  • Identify approaches to reducing and eliminating health inequities including actively challenging racism;
  • Engage in a process of reflection on own practice, as it relates to obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi.

Domain: Population Health


To guide practice and to improve health care in New Zealand, graduates will:

  • Identify feasible strategies to improve health that incorporate the broader determinants of health at community and population level;
  • Identify major threats to health and critique trends in health care delivery in New Zealand and internationally;
  • Apply the principles of health promotion, population screening and disease management involving individuals and populations to a range of health care settings.