Welcome to the School of Health Sciences

About the School

Our programmes and research activities respond to the dynamic nature of the health and education sector and its workforce.


We offer undergrad qualifications in Health Sciences as well as postgraduate Health Sciences, Counselling, Child and Family Psychology, Nursing, Specialist Teaching and PhD in Health Sciences.

Student Profiles

Read about the successes of some of our current students, recent graduates, as well as the inspirational research being conducted by our postgraduate students.



St Peter's School Science Fair

Two of our PhD students, Gopal Panta and Suzanne Hodgson were honoured to be asked to judge the year 7 and 8 science fair at St Peter's School in Beckenham on the 3rd of August. The students chose their own topics, formulated a hypothesis and went about testing their theories on their fellow students and families. Topics ranged from water and air pollution to whether gaming improves mental functioning. It was great opportunity for doctoral students within our School to engage with the community and connect with potential future scientists.

St Peter's School Science Fair


Research Aims to Improve Elderly Patient CareProf Philip Schulter

Canterbury District Health Board is teaming up with key experts from South Island universities, including Prof Philip Schluter from the School of Health Sciences, to conduct research aimed at better understanding aging to help improve patient care. The full story can be found here: http://www.cdhb.health.nz/About-CDHB/staff-resources/Pages/cdhb-ceo-update.aspx


Graeme Davey Doctoral Scholarship in Cancer Epidemiology

The School of Health Sciences is delighted to be able to offer the Graeme Davey Doctoral Scholarship for Doctoral study in Cancer Epidemiology. Below is the application form and regulations for your information. If you require further information please contact Professor Ann Richardson Ann.Richardson@canterbury.ac.nz

Graeme Davey Doctoral Scholarship Application

Graeme Davey Doctoral Scholarship Regulations

Pukemanu-Dovedale Child and Family Psychology Centre.

Congratulations to Associate Professor Karyn France & Suzi Hall, and the rest of the team for obtaining a $180,00 donation from Sir Campbell and Lady Leita Wylie Foundation to support the Pukemanu-Dovedale Child and Family Psychology Centre. The donation is a recognition of the quality and value of service provided to the community. The money will be distributed over a 3-year period.

School of Health Sciences Seminar Series:  Dr Arin Basu

Title: How Twin Studies Explain and Predict Your Access to Health Services and Utilization of Health Care in Postgenomic Era
When: Thursday 7 May, 12pm in Dovedale DA01
Presented by: Dr Arin Basu, UC School of Health Sciences


Invaluable recipes for today's health needs

22 April 2015
School of Health Sciences PhD student Sandra Clair is conducting ground-breaking research into a Renaissance medico-pharmaceutical text that could hold invaluable recipes for today’s health needs. Read more


UC researcher studying chronic pain

16 April 2015
Dr Bronnie Thompson, who graduated with her PhD this week from the School of Health Sciences, has been examining how one in six New Zealanders live with chronic pain. Read more

Annabel Ahuriri-DriscollMāori approaches to Māori health issues required

10 March 2015
Health sciences lecturer Annabel Ahuriri-Driscoll says there are nationwide concerns about Māori health and it comes as no surprise that Māori are at the top of the statistics for poor health. Read more