Health Administration major: Bachelor of Health Science

The Bachelor of Health Science in Health Administration provides you with an in-depth understanding of healthcare services. AUT is the only university in New Zealand to offer an undergraduate degree in health administration.

Health administration is becoming increasingly important. There are more and more Primary Health Organisations (PHOs) offering one-stop-shop services. But these bigger and more complex health service providers need skilled people looking after the administration and management side. One patient can have multiple healthcare requirements, and as a health administration graduate you ensure all their needs are met. You’ll work with patients and their family/whanau in planning, decision-making and administrative roles.

The Health Administration major is a good choice if you want to move into the business administration side of the health sector. You learn the knowledge and skills needed to work within health administration at national, local and inter-professional levels. These include foundation knowledge of human health and the health sector, as well as communication, teamwork, advocacy, problem-solving and interpersonal skills. 


Below is a summary. For a comprehensive overview of the degree, please refer to the Academic Calendar.

Year 1

In your first year, you develop an in-depth understanding of general healthcare, learning alongside other health science students.

Core papers:
HEAL505 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
HEAL506 Knowledge, Enquiry and Communication
HEAL504 Lifespan Development and Communication
MAOH701 Māori Health, Development and Environment OR HEAL507 Health and Environment

Health Administration papers:

HPRM501 Health Administration and Service Development
HEAL502 Medical Terminology

You can select two elective* papers to complement your interest in health administration.

Year 2
This year the focus is on developing practical skills while deepening your understanding of health administration. You further your understanding of health and wellness, and the needs of clients.

HEAL605 Advocacy and Dispute Resolution in Health and Human Services
HEAL503 Health Records Management
HRMG601 Human Resource Management
HEAL606 Long Term Conditions
MGMT501 Management and Organisation
HEAL610 Methods of Research and Enquiry
HEAL611 Principles of Wellness

You can select one elective* paper at level 5 or 6 to complement your skill and knowledge development related to working within health administration. 

Year 3

The final year prepares you to make the transition to working within the wider sector. At the heart of the final year of study is the Health Practice Co-operative paper, a 150-hour placement in the health sector.

HLAW701 Health Law and Policy
COMP724 Health Informatics
EMGT601 Risk Management
HEAL704 Quality Assurance in the Health Sector
HEAL708 Professional Practice and Ethics
HPRM702 Health Practice Co-operative

You can select one elective* paper at level 7 to complement your skill and knowledge development related to working within health administration.

*Elective papers need to be approved by the Programme Leader.

Te Ara Hauora Māori papers

There’s a growing need for health professionals to work with Māori. That’s why you can include Māori health papers as part of your study and develop the skills to work more effectively with Māori, an essential skill in New Zealand’s diverse health sector. Through these papers you gain access to Māori networks and become comfortable working with whānau and Māori communities.

We encourage all students to include at least one Māori health paper. You don’t need to know te reo to enrol in the Māori health papers.

People already working in the health workforce can study these papers through AUT marae-based block courses.

Māori health papers:
MAOH501 Māori Health, Development and Environment
MAOH701 Māori Health Promotion
MAOH702 Applied Primary Māori Mental Health
HEAL701 Utilising Supervision in Practice

Career opportunities

Graduates will find work with district health boards and other Crown agencies, along with private healthcare providers. Roles include:
• Clinical service managers or planners
• Medical records administrators
• Independent health advocates or health navigators

    Graduates and students of health science

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    Last updated: 03-Nov-2017 12.18pm

    The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.