Bachelor of Health Science (Integrated Human Health) (BHlthSc(IntgHHlth))

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Study for a meaningful career

With a Massey Bachelor of Health Science (Integrated Human Health) you’ll kickstart a career that will help you solve the big health challenges of the 21st century.

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What is it like?

Create healthy workplaces

Massey’s Bachelor of Health Science (Integrated Human Health) will give you a broad and applied knowledge of the impact of biological and environmental factors on health.

Make a difference to the nation’s health

Health is complex – it’s important to have an appreciation of the multifactorial nature of health if we want to improve health outcomes for ourselves and our communities. This major takes an integrated approach to understanding the latest science of good health. You’ll explore a range of factors that determine human health, including sleep, exercise, nutrition, genetics and the environment.

Gain vital knowledge and skills in the relevant human bioscience areas to understand the impact of these crucial factors on body function and their vital role in achieving and maintaining good health. You’ll also learn about intervention and prevention strategies and their role in improving health outcomes.

Develop your workplace skills

A key feature of this major is a Health in Action project in your third year. You’ll work in a small group and apply your health knowledge to a practical case project to try to make a positive impact in the community. This will also develop your leadership and teamwork skills. When you enter the workplace, you’ll be able to apply your knowledge to create strategies to enhance the health and wellbeing of the population.

Study your way

You can choose whether to study on campus or by distance, to fit with your other commitments. Later, there’s the opportunity to progress your studies further as a health researcher.

A good fit if you:

  • Want a career in any one of several specialist health-related fields
  • Have a passion for improving health outcomes and addressing inequities
  • Are solution-focused, hands-on and enthusiastic
  • Want to understand how the human body functions

Careers

The Bachelor of Health Science (Integrated Human Health) will equip you to work in many different fields where you’ll be encouraging people to improve their health. Employment opportunities include working on health and wellbeing initiatives in:

  • Local health authorities
  • Local and national governments
  • Schools and universities
  • Corporate companies
  • Charities and funding bodies
  • Research institutes
  • Health and fitness centres

Lecturer profile

Dr Michelle Thunders

Senior Lecturer Life Sciences/Director of Teaching and Learning, College of Health

I’ve always been fascinated with how the body works. For me, understanding human genetics was crucial to understanding how as humans we differ from one another in both health and disease states. My research focus has moved towards the interaction between our genome and our environment – the field of epigenetics. To understand what it means to be healthy we need to understand precisely how our circumstances, biology and environment interact with how our body functions. I love teaching; I get very excited about my work and how we can best use technology and social media as a tool for education at the individual and global level. I share my enthusiasm with my students. I want the graduates we produce to be innovative big-picture thinkers with the skills and confidence to go out and solve the big health problems facing society today.

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