School of Population Health


Social and Community Health

Enhancing health and wellbeing through:

  • Critical social sciences in action
  • Building community capacity
  • Innovative practical research
  • Strengthening culture and place

Social and Community Health (SCH) is an application of interdisciplinary social sciences to community and organizational contexts. Disciplines involved include psychology, psychiatry, sociology, Māori health development, anthropology, health promotion and other related social science disciplines. Its perspective spans public, community and individual health. The main emphasis is on how health, both physical and mental, relates to people in their everyday living contexts, both as individuals and as members of families, communities, and cultures.

The section began in 2003 as a new enterprise based on developments in current research and theory. It includes staff from the previous departments of Behavioural Science and Community Health and emphasizes interdisciplinary and collaborative work and on issues facing New Zealand society.