Bachelor of Health Science (Public Health) (BHlthSc(PublHlth))

Key facts

  • Available in Wellington
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Available for international students studying in NZ
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Study for a meaningful career

With a Massey Bachelor of Health Science (Public Health) you’ll be prepared to address the big health challenges facing the nation and the world in the 21st century.

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What is it like?

Massey’s Bachelor of Health Science is the first undergraduate degree in New Zealand that lets you combine a comprehensive, interdisciplinary suite of health majors and minors.

Make a difference to the nation’s health

With Massey’s Bachelor of Health Science (Public Health) you’ll learn about the concepts, tools and techniques of public health: health promotion, epidemiology, biostatistics, disease surveillance and monitoring, health assessment, and health protection. Make a practical contribution to improving the health of individuals, communities and nations from day one in the workplace.

Be in demand

Our curriculum meets the public health competencies defined by the Public Health Association of New Zealand and the Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand, so you’ll get the skills employers demand. The Bachelor of Health Science (Public Health) will give you a multidisciplinary, systems-based understanding of health and its determinants. You’ll also gain specialist knowledge from one or more specialist areas and learn to think conceptually, clearly, critically, analytically and creatively about health from a health systems perspective.

Learn from the best

Your Bachelor of Health Science lecturers have received awards for their research and teaching. Our teaching excellence is acknowledged by the AKO Aotearoa National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence.

Follow your interests

Massey has the widest range in New Zealand of minors that you can do alongside your public health major. It’s easy to build a degree that caters to your interests and your future career path.

A good fit if you:

  • Already work in an area relevant to public health and want to further your career
  • Are looking for professional development to apply to your current environment
  • Have a passion for improving public health


The Bachelor of Health Science (Public Health) can lead you to many rewarding careers. You could find work in any of the following fields:

  • Policy advisors and analysts in the government sector
  • Health sector analysts in district health boards, public health units, NGOs, PHOs
  • Programme coordinators and evaluators
  • Health protection
  • Community health
  • Further postgraduate public health study and research

Lecturer profile

Professor Barry Borman

Associate Director, Centre for Public Health Research

Barry teaches public health with a particular focus on epidemiology and statistics to provide evidence for policy development and decision-making. He’s also Associate Director of the Centre for Public Health Research. He teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses, and supervises postgraduate students.

Barry says, “My training is in epidemiology, with a particular interest in birth defects and environmental health. Both seemed exciting when I started my training and have remained so ever since.

The programme offered by Massey provides special opportunities for New Zealand graduates.

The focus of the programme is providing students with the skills, tools and techniques of public health which are directly and immediately usable in the workplace and not just public health. Our offerings tend to be more applied than theoretical, built on a solid foundation of good, robust science.

The need for health services is always going to be greater than can be provided and the gap is widening. For example, in New Zealand, obesity and diabetes are major challenges to the health system. To address these issues requires coordinated action across the health system from primary prevention, primary, secondary and tertiary treatment services. While public health has traditionally been concerned with primary prevention, specialists with skills in public health can make major contributions to the provision and planning of health services.

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