School of Population Health


Bachelor of Health Sciences - Pathways

Bachelor of Health Sciences pathways

The Bachelor of Health Sciences is a degree that prepares graduates for a broad range of health-related careers. Drawing together the Faculties of Medical and Health Sciences, Law, Arts, Commerce and Science, the Bachelor of Health Sciences degree provides a multidisciplinary understanding of health, healthcare and health services in New Zealand. The breadth and depth of the Bachelor of Health Sciences is one of the great strengths that the degree has.

To assist students through the options available, the Bachelor of Health Sciences pathways have been created. Under each pathway we give advice of which courses are essential to be studied and which other courses would be complementary. We give ideas of career roles your pathway may lead to and also what conjoint or postgraduate options should be considered.  

We have assigned academic champions, world renowned experts in the pathway field itself, to mentor and give support on your journey through your studies.

What are the pathways?


The pathways are:

  • Health Promotion - This pathway, broadly conceived as the implementation arm of public health, leads into work in a wide range of community agencies, health NGOs and government sponsored projects.
  • Mental Health and Addictions - This pathway links to a large workforce with a large variety of current and emerging roles. Two key emerging roles focus are the need for programme design associated with primary health and long term managed care for those with long term mental health concerns.
  • Population Health Nutrition - This more specific pathway builds on an emerging strength in the School, particularly in looking at public health, health promotion and communication initiatives aimed at improving what people eat.
  • Health Systems - Generally conceived, the health systems pathway focuses on graduates who have an understanding of key health systems (in communities, DHBs, PHOs, government agencies).
  • Health Information and Analysis - This pathway relates to a wide range of emerging options in health innovation, health IT and health intelligence. A background in health informatics would contribute to roles in project development, management and coordination, business analysis, and in planning and supporting change processes to new models of care.
  • Research - This pathways is for those with aspirations of cutting edge research in either a tertiary or non-tertiary environment.
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Who are the champions?


 

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What about conjoints and postgraduate studies?

The pathways programme has been divided into two parts – pathways and pathways+.
The first part – pathways – is for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Health Sciences.
Pathways+ is the second level and is for those who are studying in conjoint programmes or want to continue their studies into postgraduate. Each pathway+ builds on the structure of its pathway but also suggests which conjoint and postgraduate programmes would be a good match.

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Pathway details

Each pathway consists of courses outside of the core requirements of the Bachelor of Health Sciences. We have divided each pathway into two groups of courses – essential and desirable.
Essential courses are ones which are central to the pathways and should be taken if a student wishes to focus their studies in that area.
Desirable courses are additional courses which give even further focus in the area and are recommended to be taken if at all possible.
At the end of each pathway we give additional information about the pathway+.

Health Promotion

  Potential employers Conjoints Postgraduate Registrations
Health Promotion Practice Small & large orgs. (e.g. services, PHOs, DHBs)  BA CertPH (Health Promotion), DipHSc (Social Work)  
Māori Community Practice Large organisations (government, DHBs, PHOs, NGOs, councils) BA DipHSc (Māori Health)  
Pacific Community Practice Large organisations (government, DHBs, PHOs, NGOs, councils BA DipHSc (Pacific Health)  
Youth Community Practice Community, DHB & D BSc, BA(Psychology) CertHSc (Youth Health), DipHSc (Youth Health)  
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Mental Health and Addictions

  Potential employers Conjoints Postgraduate Registrations
Programme Design Small & large orgs. (e.g. services, PHOs, DHBs) BNurs, BSc, BA (Psychology) CertHSc (MH)  
AOD Practitioner AOD services, (including NGOs, DHB, corrections)   CertHSc (AOD Studies), DipHSc (AOD Studies) DAPANZ
MH & AOD Leadership Project design & implementation in a range of services BSc, BA (Psychology) MHSc (Addiction & Mental Health)  
MH Managed Care Agencies Integrating support for high need clients BNurs, BSc (Psychology) CertHSc (MH), DipPH (Health services management)
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Population Health Nutrition

  Potential employers Conjoints Postgraduate Registrations
Programme design Project design & implementation in a range of services BNurs DipPH (Public Health), MPH  
Health education Communications within NGO & public health agencies BA DipPH  
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Health Systems

  Potential employers Conjoints Postgraduate Registrations
Health leadership Small & large orgs. (e.g. services, PHOs, DHBs) BNurs, BCom (Management or Finance) DipPH (Health services management) PMAA
Health Policy Larger organisations (government, DHBs, PHOs, NGOs, councils) LLB, BA CertPH, DipPH, MPP  
Health Policy Project design & implementation in a range of services BCom (Management)    
Managed care Health & disability services (eg. PHOs, ACC, Elderly) BNurs, LLB, BSc, BA (Psychology)    
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Health Information and Analysis

  Potential employers Conjoints Postgraduate Registrations
Information Management Small & large orgs. (e.g. DHBs, NGOs, software vendors) BCom (Info Systems, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Management), BSc (Electronics & computing), BNurs Cert HSc (Informatics), DipHSc (Informatics)  
Health IT Development Large organisations (government, DHBs, PHOs, NGOs, councils) LLB, BA Cert HSc (Informatics), DipHSc(Informatics)  
Health Technology Project design & implementation in a range of services BSc (Computer Science)    
Analysis Large organisations (government, DHBs, PHOs, NGOs, councils) BSc DipPH, MPH  
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Research

Essential courses
  • At least six stage three courses during your studies in a pathway of your choice
  • Enrol into a postgraduate programme of study – ideal the BHSc Honours programme
Desirable courses
  • The same as those listed in your pathway of choice
Pathways+
  Potential employers Conjoints Postgraduate Registrations
Research Academic Universities, research institutes, govt agencies BSc, BA MHSc, MPH, PhD  
Lecturing Academic Polytechnics, universities & health communication   PhD  
Health Innovation Wide range of community & service agencies BCom (Management), BNurs, LLB MHSc, PhD  
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What do I do next?

The next part is easy – take some time to look over the documentation and see whether you can identify with one (or more) of the Pathways. You are weclome to contact the respective Champion directly if you need more information.
Meanwhile look that the Pathway and Pathway+ courses and suggestions and start thinking about your enrolments for next semester, next year and beyond.

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FAQs

Do I have to identify myself with a pathway?

No. The pathways have been introduced to meet a need within the student body who have requested clearer guidance in which courses best align with specific areas in the Health Sector. Students are welcome to not focus their studies around a pathway, but to create their own more generalist programme of study within the BHSc.

Does selecting a pathway mean my BHSc regulations change?

No. You still need to meet the BHSc regulations to be eligible to graduate.

If I follow some pathways I will need to take more than five stage three courses. Is this correct?

Yes. Although the minimum number of stage three courses a student may take to meet the requirements of the BHSc is five, some pathways if taken as recommended will mean more than five stage three courses will be studied. This isn’t unusual and is  a requirement for students who wish to study in the BHSc Honours Programme.

Why is POPLHLTH 302 listed in every pathway?

POPLHLTH 302 is the Health Services Internship course, a course which allows students to examine or research a contemporary issue in health services, health management or health systems. Entry to this course is competitive, but we hope to be able to provide all pathway students with a research project in their pathway area.

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Questions?

Just send an email to FMHS Student Centre

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