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
Bronwyn Thornton Hume, Bachelor of Health Science, Emergency Assistance Coordinator
Bronwyn Thornton Hume
Bachelor of Health Science
Emergency Assistance Coordinator

“All my lecturers and tutors provided a supportive encouraging environment…”

I always liked the idea of working in the health industry and using my skills and knowledge to help people. I chose a Bachelor of Health Science as it offered a platform for many different roles and careers.

I really loved studying at Massey University. The Auckland campus was a great place to meet people and make lifelong friends. I found Massey a supportive environment with approachable lecturers, tutors and a great student culture.

The best part about studying at Massey was the support. All my lecturers and tutors provided a supportive encouraging environment. Not having completed any sciences in college, I was concerned I would not be able to keep up, but Massey provided resources, workshops and tutorials that always got me through.

Another great aspect of Massey was the ability to study via distance learning. This allowed me to complete my studies in my own time and fit my studies in with ongoing obligations.

The programme was challenging in the best sense. It challenged pre-conceived ideas and theories and helped me understand health from a much broader perspective. It was also relevant - the skills I learnt were transferable to the working world.

My degree provided me with many diverse job options, from community health work to more clinical roles. Having a Bachelor of Health Science can open a lot of doors.

Using the knowledge and skills I had gained at Massey, I was able to confidently apply to various roles and find a role that worked for me.

Working as an emergency assistance coordinator means that no day is the same. Every day I am confronted with new situations and have to use my knowledge to problem-solve and help people abroad. I assist people who find themselves in emergency situations while travelling overseas, whether it be advising on the nearest appropriate hospital or helping to arrange an air ambulance back to New Zealand. I work alongside clinical staff to ensure that Kiwis travelling abroad have the support they need if they find themselves in an emergency situation.

Achieving my Bachelor of Health Science also gave me the confidence and desire to continue with my studies and now I am now studying toward my Master’s degree.


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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