New undergraduate Major in Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) - a first for NZ

For the first time in New Zealand, there is an undergraduate Major in Occupational Health and Safety (OHS). In 2016, a major in OHS was introduced into the Bachelor of Health Science (BHlthSci) degree. This is the result of a substantial revision of the BHlthSci. The new OHS major is complemented by several other new majors and minors, including a new Minor in Ergonomics/Human Factors.

One of the compulsory courses (251: Work and Health) is completely new.

The new majors and minors form part of a new way of thinking about health science and public health within the School of Public Health and the College of Health.



Associate Professor Ian Laird

The Major in OHS is made up of the following courses:

Compulsory courses (105 credits)

251.100 Work and Health

114.240 Organisational Behaviour

251.271 Occupational Safety and Health I

251.272 Occupational Safety and Health II

251.370 Health and Safety Auditing

251.372 Occupational Hygiene

251.374 Project in Occupational Safety and Health


Elective course - 15 credits (one course) from:

251.375 Special Topic: Occupational Safety and Health

128.300 Ergonomics/Human Factors: Work, Performance, Health and Design


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