Population health, policy and service delivery

Develop critical thinking skills and learn research methods to understand the factors that influence the health of diverse populations.

The study of population health looks at the various factors that influence the health of different populations over the life span, explores measures of health outcomes and examines the application of this knowledge to develop actions or policies that will lead to real and lasting improvements for the health and wellbeing of communities as well as health services.

Where do population health, policy and service delivery graduates work

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

Skills do population health, policy and service delivery 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

Jobs

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

  • Public health adviser
  • Services portfolio manager
  • Project manager
  • Research unit manager
  • Environmental health officer
  • Health policy adviser
  • Health manager
  • Health educator
  • Health researcher