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If you are someone who aspires to work in a health-related career, or you already do and are looking to advance your knowledge further, the University of Canterbury have undergraduate and postgraduate health courses for you. Better yet, you can enrol for a July start.

Our health graduates gain more than just intellectual skills: they are involved with the community, culturally engaged, work-ready, and globally connected. If you have the passion to make a difference, the University of Canterbury has the courses and qualifications to take you where you want to go. Join our inspiring health graduates in helping to make positive and meaningful change in people’s lives.

What can I start in July?

The University of Canterbury has lots of health-related course options for semester two (mid-July start). Here are just a few.

At undergraduate level:

CHCH101 Strengthening Communities through Social Innovation

Students will integrate up to 20 hours of hands-on community engagement projects related to the post-earthquake context of Christchurch with guided reflection and relevant academic content about post-disaster response, social innovation, and volunteerism.
HLED122 Building Resilience
This course examines concepts of mental health and resilience and considers these in relation to the determinants of health.

HLTH 106 Nga Take, Te Wero – Māori Health Issues and Opportunities
Students will be introduced to a selection of historical and contemporary Māori health content within a Treaty of Waitangi framework, to support robust analyses of Māori population health issues.

HLTH 111 Global Health
In this course we explore (1) the key and emerging challenges and opportunities facing global health, (2) major public health developments that have improved health outcomes for all and (3) identify how economic and political processes have shaped responses to global health problems.

At postgraduate level:

HLTH402 Health Information Management
Examine how Information Technology meets the information needs of health provider organisations, practitioners, and consumers and how IT can play a significant and positive role in the provision of healthcare services.

HLTH 407 Bioethics
Students are taught critical appraisal techniques and share the experiences of professionals from a wide variety of disciplines who are faced with real life dilemmas and have to make ethical decisions daily.

HLTH 450 Palliative Care
Advanced Theory and Practice: The course will explore historical, political and philosophical concepts and issues in relation to palliative care across the lifespan.

What do our students and graduates say about our health courses?

“‘I love being surrounded by a group of people who share the same passion to improve health in New Zealand. It’s not a big class so you get to know the people in your lectures really quickly and soon become friends helping each other with study. It’s like a community.”

Charlotte, Bachelor of Health Sciences graduate, Master of Health Sciences student

“It encourages you to think critically about what is being said. I enjoy that there is a lot of thought involved, and after each lecture you go away thinking “Wow, that was so interesting!” There is not one lecture I sit through bored.”

Victoria, Bachelor of Health Sciences graduate

“Most of the lecturers know who you are, what your interests are and look at ways to help you to achieve your goals. I’m truly thankful to the University for helping me grow into who I am today.”

Mark, Master of Health Sciences graduate.


Study at the University of Canterbury to expand your expertise, be challenged to see the world in different ways and be inspired by supportive lecturers that are passionate about the areas they teach.

For more information on semester two options view the Education, Health and Human Development courses at http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/get-started/semester-2

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