Introduction to Social Health and Wellbeing: Advocacy and Practice

Course code BHW500

This online course provides an introduction to social health and wellbeing in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Past, present and future factors that shape social health and wellbeing will be identified. Factors will incorporate the transformation that is currently occurring in the mental health, addictions and disability sectors. By engaging social health and wellbeing frameworks, models and policies, including Māori/Indigenous models of wellbeing, you will understand how changing social health and wellbeing contexts impact the social health and wellbeing of people, families-whānau, and communities.

From the ground of your own experience you will be encouraged to reflect on the implications of these interacting multi-disciplinary factors for your own practice in order to develop skills and knowledge to be an effective advocate for the sector and those within it.

For more information watch the course introduction video below.

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • Choose the qualification you will study the course under. See the Work towards tab below for qualification options.
  • Check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses tab on the qualification page.
  • Level 5  
    Credits 20 
  • Study type Trimester  
    EFTS 0.1667  
  • Availability
    2018 :  
    Trimester 3 enrol by 21 Oct 2018 to start 29 Oct 2018
  • Delivery type
    2018 :  
    Trimester 3 2018 Online only
  • Workload

    Allow approximately 10-12 hours study time per week for each 20 credit course. This may be higher around assessment due dates or exam time.

  • Fees
    2018 :  
    NZ students $838 + $60 annual administration fee
    International students N/A + $60 annual administration fee
  • Prerequisites Check entry and other requirements under the qualification you are studying  

Students who successfully complete this online course will be able to

  • Identify how past, current and future factors shape the social health and wellbeing context, and impact the social health and wellbeing of people, families-whānau, communities, and societies.
  • Describe how social health and wellbeing frameworks, theories, models and policies influence service delivery in mental health, addiction, and disability sectors in Aotearoa New Zealand. 
  • Explain the knowledge and skills required to be effective advocates for the sector and those within it.

Download a more detailed outline of this course below

BHW500 Overview (PDF, Opens in new window)

Other requirements

Your course is delivered 100% online. To complete this course you will need access to a computer or device, broadband internet and a data plan able to support online learning such as streaming of videos (including YouTube), downloading content and submitting online assessments. If you are unsure if your current computer/device or internet access allows you to complete your online learning with us, please contact us before applying to enrol. 


This course is 100% internally assessed