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Health Management Major - Bachelor of Health Science

Want a career in the business management side of the health sector? Study the Health Management major in the AUT Bachelor of Health Science degree.

Health management is becoming increasingly important. There are more and more Primary Health Organisations (PHOs) offering one-stop-shop services. But these 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 management graduate you ensure all their needs are met. You work with patients and their family/whānau in planning, decision-making and management roles.

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This is part of the Bachelor of Health Science.

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You develop the skills to work within health management 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.

Year 1

Semester 1 courses

You develop an in-depth understanding of general healthcare, learning alongside other health science students.

Semester 2 courses

Plus two elective courses. Elective courses need to be approved by your programme leader.

Year 2

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

Courses you study

Plus one elective course. Elective courses need to be approved by your programme leader.

Year 3

The final year prepares you to make the transition to working within the wider sector.

Courses you study

Plus one elective course. Elective courses need to be approved by your programme leader.

Workplace experience

At the heart of your final year is the Health Practice Cooperative course, 150 hours of workplace experience in organisations where you can put into practice the management skills you have learnt. Recent placements have included:

  • ACC
  • Ember services
  • AUT Integrated Health
  • South Seas Healthcare Clinic
  • Auckland Council
  • Southern Cross Group
  • Health, Quality and Safety Commission
  • Odyssey
  • Village Cooperative
  • WMDHB
  • Whanau Ora
  • Health Economics Consulting
  • Oceania Healthcare

You may also be able to work on one of several research, teaching and innovation projects.

Te ara hauora Māori health courses

There’s a growing need for health professionals to work with Māori. That’s why you can include Māori health courses as part of your study and develop the skills to work more effectively with Māori, an essential skill in the diverse health sector in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Through these courses 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 course. You don’t need to know te reo to enrol in the Māori health courses.

Skills you will develop

The outcomes for graduates of the Bachelor of Health Science in Health Management are outlined in the Graduate Profile below.

Graduate Profile

District health boards and other Crown agencies, along with private healthcare providers, including:

  • Quality coordinator
  • Care coordinator
  • Clinical records administrator
  • Practice coordinator
  • People and performance service manager
  • Primary health team support
  • Patient coordinator
  • Medical records administrator
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Health Management

Key features
  • Focuses on the business management side of health
  • The only bachelor’s degree in health management by a New Zealand university
  • Includes 150 hours of workplace experience in the health sector
  • Offered at the South Campus
  • Part-time study options available
See yourself as
  • Passionate about the business of health
  • Confident working with a diverse range of people
  • A decision-maker and problem-solver
  • Good at managing people
Paul Fedorchenko
Manjot Kaur
Mohamed Abdulkadir Mohamed
Graceland Mary Ioane

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

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