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Master of Health Science (Rehabilitation)

Key facts

  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Not all courses are available in any one year
  • Not available for international students
  • Some distance courses contain compulsory contact workshops.

Research current best practice and policy related to health, disability or rehabilitation

The Master of Health Science (Rehabilitation) is designed for students like you who want to pursue further academic study related to health, disability or rehabilitation. You will study your particular area of personal or professional interest and gain valued research skills.

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

What is it like?

Through both introductory and advanced studies this programme offers you opportunity to pursue research within the areas of health, disability and rehabilitation.

Once completed, The Master of Health Science (Rehabilitation) identifies you as a graduate with valuable research skills. You will also gain an understanding of New Zealand and international policy and legislation ensuring the rights of people to quality health and disability services. You will have gained an understanding of how people can be assisted to obtain a higher quality of life no matter their health or disability status.

A good fit if you:

  • Wish to pursue a career related to disability, health or rehabilitation, case management or other areas of health or public health.
  • Are working in the areas of disability, health or rehabilitation and wish to advance your career or pursue further research.
  • Have skills in helping other people as they undergo changes in their lives due to health or disability related issues.


Students studying for the Master of Health Science (Rehabilitation) come from diverse backgrounds and move into a wide array of professional fields. Students may focus on disability or disadvantage including corrections, addiction, allied health professions or mental health. Others use their knowledge acquired from public health, disability and rehabilitation studies and research to inform their roles in business, in health, education and in the arts.

You may wish to continue on to a PhD after the successful completion of your master’s thesis, or you might be interested in a career within:

  • ACC (Accident Compensation Corporation)
  • Disability organisations
  • Policy
  • Education
  • Case work
  • Health or disability services navigation
  • Management
  • Public health
  • Health promotion
  • Research


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