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, policy and service delivery looks at the various factors that influence the health of different populations over their life span, explores measures of health outcomes and looks at ways to develop actions or policies that will lead to the improved health and wellbeing of communities as well as health services.

Roles and career pathways

Population health, policy and service delivery graduates may work as policy analysts and researchers, community workers and coordinators, project coordinators, training and development advisers, business or service designers, consultants and administrators

For careers In policy and research, study at postgraduate level in areas such as Health, Communication or Public Policy can be valuable. Health Studies graduates with undergraduate degrees or seeking a first role may work in administration or coordination, or assistant adviser roles.

Where Population health, policy and service delivery graduates work

Graduates will apply their critical thinking, quantitative and analytical skills in a range of health and related organisations, including District Health Boards, public health organisations (PHOs) or non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Here are just a few examples:

Build relevant skills and experience

Part-time work and volunteering during study all help to increase your job prospects when you graduate. Programmes such as Wellington Plus, Wellington International Leadership Programme (WILP) for students from all disciplines develop leadership skills. Volunteering in the health sector will provide valuable experience. The Bachelor of Health will be offering a Research and Enquiry in Health or Health Internship course in 2020, which will provide students the opportunity to develop applied research or workplace skills and experience. Places for the health internship are limited. The WFHSS Internship course run by the Wellington Faculty of Humanities and Social Science also helps develop leadership skills and practical work place experience.

Make career connections

Networking and making connections with individuals and groups while you study can help you learn more about career opportunities. The Health Services Research Centre based at Victoria University of Wellington focuses on the study of the health and disabilities needs of communities in New Zealand. The Centre offers a range of seminar series for graduates and students to learn and network through out the year. Getting involved with Hauora - Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand, Public Health Association of New Zealand and Wellington Young Professionals can develop links with potential future employers,. University clubs and mentoring programmes such as Alumni as Mentors programme for final year students can also enhance your employability while studying.