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Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health and Addiction)

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  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Not available for international students
  • Some distance courses contain compulsory contact workshops.

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Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health and Addiction) structure

To find out how to plan your study and/or see what courses are necessary to complete your programme, please check the regulations. It will display the regulatory information for the programme you have selected.

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First Year

A standard full-time workload for first year is eight courses; four courses in Semester One, and four courses in Semester Two.

We recommend you take:

147.102 Whakapiri: Engagement in Mental Health and Addiction Work
150.112 Hauora Tangata: Foundations of Māori Health
179.155 Introduction to Helping Skills in Social and Community Work
214.101 Human Bioscience: Normal Body Function
214.102 Applied Sciences for Health Professionals
231.106 Introduction to Public Health
231.107 Social Determinants of Health
250.100 Health Communication

If you have successfully passed courses as part of the Certificate in Mental Health and Addiction, you are able to transfer all courses including 150.103 Nau mai e Noho: Engaging with Māori, which will count as a BHlthSc Schedule C elective course. If you have completed the Certificate in Mental Health and Addiction and do not wish to surrender this qualification, you may apply for cross-credit for course 231.106 Introduction to Public Health (15 credits) only.


Please note that only some courses are available as internal offerings on campus.

To complete a major in Mental Health and Addiction for a Bachelor of Health Science you are required to pass courses to the value of 120 credits as outlined below:

Compulsory courses (120 credits)

147.202 Mental Health Promotion (15 credits)
147.302 Alcohol, Other Drugs and Addiction (15 credits)
147.305 Whakamana: Change Agency in Mental Health and Addiction (15 credits)
150.235 Whakamārama: Approaches to Māori Mental Health and Addiction (15 credits)
150.302 Whānau ora: Principles of Flourishing Whānau (15 credits)
179.210 Social Work Theories, Assessment and Interventions (15 credits)
179.230 The Wellbeing of Pacific Peoples in New Zealand (15 credits)
179.310 Integrated Practice with Groups and Families (15 credits)

If you are seeking to gain accreditation Mental Health and Addiction you will need to complete 250.320 Work Integrated Learning in Health Sciences as your elective course in your final year. You will reflect on application of key principles and practices in your own practice (if you are currently working in mental health and addiction) or in facilitated practice study settings (if you are currently not working in mental health and addiction work).

For a full listing of courses, check the regulations.

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