Bachelor of Health Science

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Excel in the growing health industry

Massey’s Bachelor of Health Science will prepare you to address the big health challenges facing the nation and the world in the 21st century.

What is it like?

Massey’s Bachelor of Health Science is a comprehensive programme offering a wide range of health majors. Its multidisciplinary foundation will prepare you to make a creative and practical contribution to improving the health of individuals, communities and nations.

The health industry needs you

There is a growing need for people who understand personal, workplace and community health issues in today’s interconnected and complex world. Massey’s Bachelor of Health Science will give you the skills you need to succeed.

With an interdisciplinary approach, you’ll gain a good understanding of the biological and social bases of 21st century health issues. You’ll be able to apply your multidisciplinary skills to explore solutions, create interventions, critically evaluate current practices and policies, and develop new ideas for bettering health.

The Bachelor of Health Science focuses on communication and critical-thinking skills, and will give you an understanding of research methods and the principles and practices of epidemiology. It will help you build your career in any of New Zealand’s major health sectors.

Improve the nation’s health

You’ll get an understanding of the many dimensions of personal and population health and healthcare in New Zealand. You’ll learn to critically evaluate information about health and wellbeing, and community and population health. With a solid grounding in health science, you’ll be perfectly placed to contribute to improving the nation’s health from day one in the workplace.

Follow your interests

It’s easy to build a degree around your special interests at Massey. Our Bachelor of Health Science offers a large and comprehensive suite of health majors and minors in New Zealand to give you lots of flexibility. You can follow your specific interests; eg, a major in health promotion with a minor in health and ageing, or a major in psychology with a minor in rehabilitation, or a major in occupational health and safety with a minor in ergonomics.

A good fit if you:

  • Want to improve the health and lives of the population
  • Have a particular interest you want to explore
  • Are keen to work in the growing health industry
Monique Goodhew. Te Rarawa; Ngāti Porou; Ngā Puhi
Bachelor of Health Science (Environmental Health)
Environmental Health Officer at Dunedin City Council

“This degree and major are a direct link to the role and career that I am pursuing now…”

I chose to study the Bachelor of Health science at Massey University because it gave me options for a variety of different majors.

I liked that some classes were smaller and the lectures got to know you and you them. I wanted to stay close to home and feel like I was part of a family and Massey offered that. Massey did this by supporting communities and groups for students to join and be a part of.

I originally started in the Sport and Exercise major and after one semester I knew that it wasn’t for me. I always had a passion for Environmental Health I just didn’t know what I could do with it. The staff at Massey University helped me find my way and set me in the right direction to achieve what I wanted.

There is no doubt that without the support from my lectures I wouldn’t be where I am today. This degree and major are a direct link to the role and career that I am pursuing now. The experience that I gained by both theory and field work made the transition into this career a lot easier.

Careers

Massey has a long history of health science education. We were the first university in New Zealand to offer a qualification in health science. With a Bachelor of Health Science, you’ll be well prepared to hit the ground running in the health industry.

This is a great programme to find an exciting and rewarding career. Depending on your major, you could work in any of the following:

  • Biosecurity
  • Consultancy and advisory positions
  • Disaster and emergency management
  • Drinking water assessment
  • Environmental health consultancy and auditing
  • Food safety consultancy and auditing
  • Health and safety in commercial and non-governmental organisations
  • Health promotion and protection agencies
  • Health research
  • Injury prevention agencies
  • Iwi authorities
  • Local and central government (environment health officer, health protection officer, policy and advisory roles)
  • Management of hazardous substances and toxic chemicals
  • Medical centres and hospitals
  • Physiotherapy clinics
  • Prison service
  • Public health agencies
  • Quality assurance
  • Rehabilitation and disability support agencies
  • Secondary school teaching
  • Waste and water quality management

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