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Master of Health Science (Environmental Health)

Key facts

  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Note: Not all courses are available in any one year
  • Not available for international students

Advance the front line of human health protection

From managing air pollution to preventing microbial disease outbreaks, and from ensuring food and drinking water safety to minimising the impacts of natural disasters, environmental health professionals have a passion for protecting human health. With a master’s degree in environmental health, you will be able to take your skills to a new level.

Find out more about the Master of Health Science parent structure.

What is it like?

Massey offer two routes: a professional pathway tailored for the needs of working practitioners, and a research pathway for those with a suitable bachelor’s degree who want to take a deeper dive into a specific research topic.

Depending on your background and available resources, the master’s research projects in environmental health could involve a range of areas relating to the effects of the natural or built environments on human health, such as:

  • air quality - indoor or outdoor
  • ambient noise and hearing loss
  • chemical exposures - population or workplace
  • contaminated land management
  • drinking water quality and assessment
  • food contamination – microbial or chemical
  • health protection after natural disasters
  • infectious disease control.

In the professional pathway, you will have the option of leveraging a topic from your own work practice and experience.

A good fit if you:

  • Want to take your background in human health protection to a new level
  • Are a working practitioner seeking a professional pathway
  • Want to dive deeper into a specific research topic


Professionals in environmental health work in a range of agencies that have specific functions relating to human health protection. The two most prominent roles being Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) with local authorities (city and district councils) and Health Protection Officers (HPOs) with District Health Boards.

Graduates are also employed with specific central government ministries and agencies, regional councils, and private companies contracting environmental health services to local authorities.

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