Health promoters work with communities and services across cultural settings to ensure that health services are accessible and affordable, and advocate for policies that improve health. Studying health promotion prepares you for this exciting career.
Health promoters understand the link between people's health and wellbeing and where they live and work, how they learn, eat and play, their background and their lifestyle.
Through the Health Promotion major you address major health and social issues including child poverty, smoking, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, depression, alcohol and drug harm, and family violence.
This is part of the Bachelor of Health Science.
You explore how to empower communities, schools and workplaces to pursue healthier lifestyles. You also learn to create effective communication plans, education resources, events and campaigns. This major is committed to human rights, health equity and social justice principles centred around Te Tiriti o Waitangi Hauora.
You develop an in-depth understanding of general healthcare, learning alongside other health science students.
This year you focus on developing practical skills while deepening your understanding of the values and approaches of health promotion.
Plus three elective papers
The final year prepares you to make the transition to working within the wider sector. At the heart of your final year is the Health Practice Co-operative paper - 150 hours of workplace experience in the health promotion sector.
Plus one elective paper
At the heart of your final year is the Health Practice Co-operative paper, 150 hours of workplace experience in organisations involved with health promotion/related initiatives.
Recent placements included:
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 the diverse health sector in Aotearoa New Zealand.
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.
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You can combine the Health Promotion major with the Psychology major in the Bachelor of Health Science:
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