Bachelor of Community Health

If being an advocate for health, and developing well rounded and inclusive methods for healthcare motivates you, then this new degree will set you on a career path in one of the world’s fastest growing industries.

Community health professionals hold valuable jobs as educators, researchers, and policy-makers as well as a wide array of other roles. 

Programme info for International Students

They look for ways to improve the holistic wellbeing of individuals, whānau/families, organisations and communities. 

This three year degree prepares you for work in the community with a strong knowledge base ranging from health basics, including anatomy and physiology, through to applied research and professional practice.

Small classes and personalised tuition mean you get plenty of time with our friendly tutors who work with you individually.

Content Details

You’ll study a mix of core and specialist papers, developing your knowledge of health related theory and practice, and choose to specialise in either public health or occupational health and safety. 

The programme comprises 360 credits with 120 credits at level 5, 120 credits at level 6 and the final 120 credits at level 7. A total of 225 credits are common core to both majors and there is the opportunity to have up to 15 unspecified credits depending on the major studied. Each major consists of 135 discipline specific credits.

Year One

The first year is made up of eight level 5 common courses that are studied by all students. These provide a broad base of knowledge and skills that prepare you for specialisation in your second year of study.

Year Two

The second year contains four common core courses that all students study along with four specialist courses required for your selected major. Choose from:

• Public Health OR
• Occupational Health and Safety

Along with your second year courses further developing your understanding of your specialist topics, you'll build your skills and understanding of professional practice.

Year Three

In your third year of study, you'll complete two common core courses at level 7 and a further 4 specialist courses. A 30 credit professional practice course enables you to embed your learning in workplace experiences to develop your professional practice models for use on graduation.

Dates/Times/Locations

Planned intakes*: February, July
Delivery modes: Full-time
Locations*: Tauranga (Windermere Campus)
Duration: Three years

* subject to change. Intakes may vary between locations.

You can study full-time or part-time, as long as you complete the programme within six years.

To see full details of the next available intake please visit the application form.

Indicative Fees

2018 domestic students Year One: $5,832.00 (8 courses)

2018 domestic students Year Two: $5,832.00 (8 courses)

2018 international students $19,952.00 per year

The fee shown for domestic students is applicable to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents. If an international fee is not listed above please refer to the international fees page. All fees are indicative only and subject to change.

You MAY be eligible for a StudyLink Student Loan for your tuition fees.

Find out if your programme qualifies by visiting the Studylink website.

If you also need to pay course related costs, i.e. if outlined in programme costs above, you need to apply separately to StudyLink (up to $1,000/academic year for eligible students). Note course related costs are paid directly into your bank account by StudyLink and you will be required to pay this to Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

Qualifications Gained

Upon successful completion of the programme you will receive:

  • Bachelor of Community Health (Public Health)       
  • Bachelor of Community Health (Occupational Health and Safety)

Career Opportunities

Potential Employers Include:

Whānau Ora providers, aged care facilities, hospitals, asthma/diabetes/cancer societies, heart foundations, family planning associations, alcohol and other drug agencies, community development and local government organisations, disability services, justice and correctional agencies, research institutes, international aid organisations, and mental health support agencies, Whānau Ora providers.

Local government agencies, ACC, Worksafe New Zealand, medium-large and large private companies.

Public Health Major
Promoting healthy living and lifestyles in aged care facilities and hospitals, rural and regional settings, asthma/diabetes/cancer prevention, heart foundations, family planning associations, alcohol and other drug agencies, community development and local government organisations, disability services, justice and correctional agencies, research institutes, international aid organisations, and mental health support agencies, Whānau Ora providers.

Potential positions for graduates within relevant organisations and agencies are:

  • Community Health Officer
  • Environmental Health Officer
  • Youth Health Worker
  • Child Health Officer
  • Health Promotion Officer
  • Health Worker
  • Health Promotion Nutritionist

Occupational Health and Safety Major
Positions promoting healthy lifestyles including stress management and injury prevention in social care organisations, local government agencies, medium-large and large private companies, ACC, Worksafe New Zealand.

Potential positions for graduates within the above organisations and agencies are:

  • Occupational Safety and Health Management Officer
  • Occupational Hygiene Technician
  • Compensation Administrator
  • Rehabilitation Officer
  • Risk Manager
  • Occupational Health and Safety Consultant
  • Human Resource Manager or Advisor

Study Pathways

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health, University of Auckland, Massey University
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science, University of Canterbury, Auckland University of Technology
  • Master of Public Health, Auckland University of Technology
  • Master of Health Sciences, Universities of Otago, Canterbury or Auckland
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Health and Social Practice, Waikato Institute of Technology
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Health Management, University of Otago
  • Master of Emergency Management, Auckland University of Technology
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health, Massey University
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences endorsed in Occupational Health, University of Otago
  • Various postgraduate qualifications in business and administration

Entry Criteria

The following minimum criteria apply for entry to this programme:

  • University Entrance as specified on the NZQA website (http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/qualifications-standards/awards/university-entrance/)
  • OR successful completion of a qualification at Level 4 or above
  • All applications are required to attend an interview
  • Students will be required to supply two referees that can be contacted to determine their suitability for work in the community health sector
  • Student will be required to complete a statutory declaration around soundness of character
  • A criminal record check will be carried out on prospective students. Student entry will be provisional until these checks have been completed. The outcome of the police check will be kept on record.

Special Admission

Students who do not satisfy the standard academic entry requirements of a programme will be considered for special admission if, in the opinion of the Programme Coordinator, they are capable of achieving the programme outcomes.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

International applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to show evidence of language competency, issued within the last two years, before being eligible to enrol in any non-English programme. The level of competency required is outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013. And below under the title English Competency.

English Competency

Level 7 certificate, diploma, degree, post graduate certificate or diploma IELTS Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language L4 with the Academic Endorsement or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013.

For domestic applicants for whom English is not their first language, evidence of language competency may be required.