Health promotion

Be at the front end of positive social change. Work with the most vulnerable communities to plan and develop ways to help people improve and manage their health

Health promotion plays an essential role in society, assisting with the delivery of information about health and health-related topics, with the ultimate goal of improving the health of individuals and populations.

The focus is on exploring the causes of poor health, and what can be done to advocate for, create and sustain good health and positive change in individuals, groups and communities.

This is achieved through health research, the development of effective health and public policy and the application of health promotion initiatives to implement change.

Where health promotion graduates work

  • District health boards (DHBs)
  • Public health organisations (PHOs)
  • Non-government organisations (NGOs)
  • School kura kaupapa health services
  • Community services
  • Health Promotion Agency

Skills health promotion students develop

  • Critical thinking and conceptual skills
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Multi-disciplinary approach
  • Research
  • Self-motivation
  • Problem solving
  • Analytical and technical skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Planning and organisation


The following is a sample of job titles relevant to undergraduates:

  • Health promotion practitioner
  • Community Māori health promotor
  • Community Pasifika health promotor
  • Programme designer and evaluator
  • Project/account manager
  • Policy and drug information adviser
  • Health promoter
  • Youth health leader
  • Community health worker