Managing Care of the Older Person: Bachelor of Health Science

The Bachelor of Health Science in Managing Care of the Older Person supports the rapidly expanding needs of the domestic and global aged-care sector. This health science degree will help you gain knowledge and skills appropriate to supervisory, management support and client advocacy roles related to care of the older-person.

AUT is the only university in New Zealand to offer an undergraduate degree that focuses on care of the older person.


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

Year 1

You will study core or compulsory papers from across the degree.

Core papers

HEAL504 Lifespan Development and Communication
HEAL505 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
HEAL506 Knowledge, Inquiry and Communication
HEAL507 Health and Environment OR MAOH501 Māori Health, Development and Environment

Core papers in managing care of the older person

NUTR501 Nutrition, Activity and Health
HEAL501 Introduction to Case Management

You can select two elective* papers to complement your interest in managing the care of the older person.

Year 2

The focus is on deepening your understanding of managing care specifically as it relates to the older person. In addition there is integration of research methods relevant to work within the health sector.

Papers (core or compulsory)

HPRM604 Health Promotion
HEAL609 Human Anatomy & Physiology II
HEAL610 Methods of Research and Enquiry
HEAL611 Principles of Wellness
HLAW701 Health Law and Policy
HEAL604 Late Adulthood
HEAL605 Advocacy and Dispute Resolution in Health and Human Services
HEAL606 Long Term Conditions

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 related to managing care of the older person)

Papers (core or compulsory)

PHMY701 Pharmacology for Professional Practice
HPRM702 Health Practice Co-operative
HEAL708 Professional Practice and Ethics
HEAL703 Active Ageing
HEAL705 Cognition in the Older Person

You can select one elective* paper at level six and one more elective paper at either level 6 or level 7 to complement your skill and knowledge development related to managing the care of the older person

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

Te Ara Hauora Māori papers

Students who seek careers with a Māori development perspective should select:
MAOH701 Māori Health Promotion
MAOH501 Māori Health, Development and Environment (instead of HEAL507 Health and Environment)
HEAL710 Utilising Supervision in Practice
MAOH702 Applied Primary Māori Mental Health

We will support Te Ara Hauora Māori students to form relationships with Māori health providers, industry stakeholders and communities, and AUT Māori staff and students. 

Career opportunities

  • Working for district health boards
  • Working with private health care providers
  • Working as an independent health advocate
  • Working with non-governmental organisations and community groups
  • Working within central and local government related to the planning and provision of care of the older person
  • Health promotion specific to the older person
  • Research specific to the older person


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Last updated: 26-Aug-2016 2.30pm

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