Faculty of Health

The Faculty of Health Te Wāhanga Tātai Hauora is Victoria’s newest Faculty, established in 2017.

It brings together researchers and teachers from across the University to help prepare the next generation of health sector professionals to make a difference to New Zealanders’ health and wellbeing.

The Faculty of Health will focus on subjects such as health promotion, health policy and health service delivery as well as other subjects to be announced. These are areas in which Victoria excels, alongside our traditional strengths in public policy, government and business. Our proximity to government departments and agencies is an added strength.

We are planning to start teaching undergraduate courses in Trimester One, 2018. We are also developing a suite of postgraduate programmes that can follow in areas such as occupational health and safety, and management and leadership in health.

More detailed information about the Faculty’s teaching programme will be available in mid-July. If you have an enquiry about Victoria's new Faculty of Health, please email us at health@vuw.ac.nz.

Welcome from the Dean

If you want to make a difference to the lives of New Zealanders, there are few better ways to do so than by studying at Victoria University’s Faculty of Health.

New Zealand’s health system underpins all our lives, and there is significant potential to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and the wellbeing of society as a whole. That is because when we get sick—physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually—our families and whānau, friends, workmates, and our communities all feel the effects as well.

However, the health system is much more than a network of doctors, nurses and medical specialists.

It involves people in a wide range of areas, from government ministers to policy analysts in government departments, researchers in universities and drug companies, specialists in managing patient data, community workers and leaders. All these people and many others work together to help ensure New Zealanders become healthy and stay healthy.

Victoria University has expertise in improving the health and wellbeing of our communities, with health researchers found right across the university, including in specialist schools and centres such as the Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health, and the Health Services Research Centre.

The Faculty combines this expertise in health research with our traditional strengths in public policy, government and business to make a difference to New Zealand’s health system. And because we’re New Zealand’s capital city university, we have unique access to government departments and agencies, District Health Boards, NGOs, business, science and community groups to make the most of our insights.

By studying in our Faculty, you might learn about why health outcomes for Māori and Pasifika communities are lower than for other communities and what we can do about it. Or how to get the message out to New Zealanders about improving their general wellbeing to reduce visits to the doctor. Or how to design an IT system or software to better manage patient records.

There’s strong demand for people with this sort of training in government agencies like the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Social Development; in local and regional councils and District Health Boards; in iwi authorities and Pacific Island development agencies; and in private sector health organisations. These organisations need people who can see the big picture and can use their skills to ensure New Zealand’s future is a healthy one.

Together, we can make a difference to New Zealanders health and wellbeing. I look forward to you joining us.

Dean of the Faculty of Health

  • Gregor Coster

    Professor Gregor Coster

    Dean of the Faculty of Health

Find out more

If you have an enquiry about Victoria's new Faculty of Health, please email us at health@vuw.ac.nz.