Welcome to UC HEALTH.
UC Health has a focus on People and their healthy wellbeing. The University of Canterbury offers an exciting range of health related academic programmes, areas of study, and research at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Health at the University of Canterbury is incorporated into a variety of programmes and across all its Colleges. You can choose to focus on one of our health related undergraduate programmes, such as the Bachelor of Health Sciences, or the Bachelor of Social Work for example, or integrate health into your degree of choice, such as a psychology major in a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree.
For postgraduate students there are many opportunities to concentrate on a particular specialisation depending on your background. Whether it be special and inclusive education, medical physics, speech and language sciences, audiology, nursing, or child and family psychology (to name just a few), UC Health has options for you.
This UC Health website brings together the options for health related study at UC into one convenient place. We encourage you to browse the many options for undergraduate and postgraduate study and to make contact with the relevant Colleges, Schools or Departments if you have further questions. We look forward to helping you achieve your aspirations for study in health areas of interest.
Our Vision at UC is “People prepared to make a difference: Tangata tū, Tangata ora.” What better way to make a difference than studying in an area that will increase your knowledge, understanding and skills of how you can make a difference to the healthy wellbeing of our people and our communities.
Careers in Health
For those contemplating a career within the health workforce, or related sectors, the diversity of occupational options is both exciting and daunting. Increasingly, a complex health sector requires interdisciplinary expertise, and a capacity to move across specific areas of knowledge and practice.
The health sector offers many employment opportunities. The New Zealand health workforce, now around 120,000-130,000, has over 30 occupational groups, some regulated, some unregulated. Medical practitioners and nurses, together, comprise less than half the workforce, and other occupational roles have emerged in recent decades as the health system and health care provision have become more complex. Related sectors, including central and local government, non-governmental organisations and community agencies, also provide health related employment and career opportunities.