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Welcome to the School of Health Sciences


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.


Students get warm welcome back to university

Raesha Ishmail and Megan Whitelaw8 March
Canterbury University students were warmly welcomed into the Riccarton community last Sunday.

Connect '16 was an event organised by two health and practice internship students to help them get to know their neighbours and other locals in the area. Canterbury Students Ashley Walker and Shannon Clark were behind the event held at Harington Park which was supervised by lecturer for Health Science and Education Raesha Ismail. Read more in the Western News, March 8 2016

Lack of counselling for Christchurch PTSD children

Lack of counselling for Christchurch PTSD children15 February
Hundreds of young Christchurch children are suffering post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) linked to the earthquakes, but fewer than one in ten has access to counselling. Associate Professor Kathleen Liberty spoke with TV3's Story about top tips for helping our community's children. Watch here

Kathleen was also interviewed on Radio New Zealand about her research on children's struggles post earthquake. Up to 60 per cent of children aged 5 to 7 in the study are exhibiting PTSD symptoms, with 20 per cent showing six or more symptoms. Read more here

Change to 'antiquated' adoption law needed - researcher

Annabel Ahuriri-DriscollUniversity of Canterbury lecturer Annabel Ahuriri-Driscoll was adopted and said it was important to know where you came from. "Not growing up with your birth family does put you at a disadvantage," she said. Read more

Congratulations to Dr Arin Basu - Overleaf Advisor of the Month

November 2015
Congratulations and thanks to Dr. Arindam Basu and the Research Committee of the College of Education, Health, and Human Development (CoEHHD) for organizing an interactive Overleaf overview presentation at the University of Canterbury at Christchurch in New Zealand. Read more from this blog.

National Health Protection Agency panel of experts

Congratulations to Ray Kirk and Arin Basu (from Health Sciences), Simon Kingham & Malcom Campbell (from Geography) for being selected by the Australian National Health Protection Agency to serve on their panel of experts.

New one year 180 point Masters degree 2016 - Master of Health Sciences Professional Practice

The Master of Health Sciences Professional Practice (MHealScProfPr) is a 180-point, professionally focused, coursework-based master's degree. This degree will appeal to those already employed in the health sector or those wishing to enter health-related employment, with students examining a range of significant issues in health sciences, and looking to improve their professional practice as a result. Students will be asked to critically reflect, to link theory to policy and practice in their own work contexts, and to develop strategies and skills that will help them to identify improvements to their own health practices.

Students may either follow a general programme, or focus on a specialisation and receive their qualification endorsed in Early Intervention, Environment and Health, Health Behaviour Change, Health Information Management, Men’s Health, Nursing or Palliative Care. These endorsements allow professionals to gain a highly specialised, discipline-specific knowledge related to their work or area of interest. 

More information is available here

New Course 2016 - HLTH408 Independent Study (Qualitative Methodologies for the Health Sciences) (15pts) S2

Students will examine qualitative methodologies with an emphasis on theory and rigour in qualitative research. Students to develop a robust research proposal that may inform a qualitative thesis or dissertation. With a focus on interviewing, the course will examine practices rigour in qualitative data collection. Students become proficient in the theory and techniques of interviewing and will be equipped to apply these concepts to other qualitative methods.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will have:

  1. A critical understanding of qualitative methodologies commonly adopted in the health sciences.
  2. Applied core concepts in qualitative health research to best answer a research question.
  3. Demonstrated awareness of the methodologies and challenges surrounding qualitative research within their health discipline.

The course will be taught in blocks of two days on the 11th and 12th August and 15th, 16th  September.

For more information please contact Dr Sarah Lovell

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

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 $180,000 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.