Bachelor of Health Science (BHlthSc)

Key facts

  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available at Wellington
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Equivalent to 3 years of full-time study
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What is it like?

Today there is a focus on health, wellness and wellbeing in our society and with it is a need for people who understand personal, community and environmental health.

New Zealand health policies have changed to include focuses on health promotion, health maintenance, disease prevention, better care in the community, and the environmental impact on health. The Bachelor of Health Science provides an applied and multi-disciplinary approach to a career in all major health sectors of New Zealand.

What is health science?

Health science is the understanding of the multidimensions of what comprises personal health and health care in New Zealand. It provides the ability to critically evaluate information related to this. It includes knowledge about personal health and wellbeing and information on community and population health. The environment people live in is closely related to their health and knowing how it influences human health is integral to health science.

Ali van Barneveld
Bachelor of Health Science
Graduated in 2010
Community Recreation Programmer - Hutt City Council

“Helping adults and children live happier, healthier and longer lives is my passion…”

That’s why I chose to study the Bachelor of Health Sciences majoring in Sport and Exercise. Without having a degree under my belt, I would not have been considered for my role nor would I have the skills to perform the tasks it requires. Instead, I am able to apply everything I learned academically and practically, passing on my knowledge to others and living my passion.

I loved the learning environment and student culture at Massey. I really enjoyed our small class of those studying the major at the time. It made for a great learning experience as we had great relationships with teachers and tutors and they were able to personalise teaching to individual learning style and needs. I also appreciated the support extended to Pasifika students on campus.


This is a great programme to enhance employability in health-related careers. Health science is the focus of several careers and has relevance to many more including:

  • Athlete strength and conditioning
  • Biosecurity
  • Careers in quality assurance
  • Clinical exercise prescription consultant
  • Consultancy and advisory positions
  • Corporate health and fitness
  • Disaster and emergency management
  • Drinking water assessment
  • Environmental and health consultancy and auditing
  • Exercise for elderly care homes
  • Fitness centres
  • Food safety consultancy and auditing
  • Health and environmental safety in commercial and non-governmental organizations
  • Health promotion
  • Health protection
  • 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 positions
  • Rehabilitation and disability support
  • Research
  • Secondary school teaching
  • Sports teams and national sporting bodies
  • Waste and water quality management
  • Working with iwi authorities

Health science can also be an important part of ongoing education in life-long learning.

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