The Bachelor of Health Sciences is a three-year degree for those who want to work in health in the areas of public health, Māori health, Pacific health, in roles such as case managers or care co-ordinators in the healthcare system. There is an increasing need for public health approaches as we face important health challenges such as an ageing population, increases in chronic diseases such as diabetes mellitus, limited health resources, and environmental change and its effects on health. Future health care will see more individual care delivered in the community, and new health care roles will be developed in order to deliver care differently, and help individuals negotiate the jigsaw of services available to patients in the community. This qualification focuses on the skills to work with patients and communities to promote health, access health-related information, and ensure patients are accessing and receiving the most appropriate care for their conditions. Please note: The Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHealSc) is different to Health Sciences First Year (HSFY). If you are intending to apply for one of the Health Sciences professional programmes based on your performance in your first year of study, you need to enrol in the Health Sciences First Year course.