School of Health Sciences

The World Health Organisation defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” The delivery of modern health care depends on groups of clinically and non-clinically trained professionals coming together in interdisciplinary teams who systematically provide personal and population-based preventive, curative and rehabilitative care services. Informed by active and successful research programmes, significant national and international collaborations, and academic staff who are of international standing, the School of Health Sciences offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and research activities that respond to the dynamic nature of the health and education sector and its workforce. These include postgraduate programmes in Counselling, Specialist Teaching, and Child and Family Psychology, as well as various population health and clinical endorsements within the Postgraduate Diploma and Masters of Health Sciences. Welcome to the School of Health Sciences.

Contact Us

School Office

Phone:+64 3 343 7737
Email: School of Health Sciences
Physical Address: Room 205, Level 2, Waimairi Building

Postal Address:
School of Health Sciences
College of Education
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

Head of School

Professor Philip Schluter

Room: 204, Level 2, Waimairi Building
Phone: + 64 3 366 7001 ext 44357

Administrative Staff

Bridget Ginley

School Administrator
Room: 205, Level 2, Waimairi Building
Phone: +64 3 343 7737
Internal ext: 44037

Programme Coordinators

Bachelor of Health Sciences

Post Graduate Diploma

Masters in Health Sciences

PhD in Health Sciences

Health Information Management

Early Intervention and Public Health

Health Behaviour Change

Environment and Health

Men's Health

Palliative Care

Clinical Teaching


Child and Family Psychology

Specialist Teaching