Bachelor of Health Science (Environmental Health)

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Excel in the growing health industry

If you’re interested in improving people’s health and wellbeing, and want to make real changes in the community, the Bachelor of Health Science (Environmental Health) is a great career choice.

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What is it like?

Massey’s Bachelor of Health Science (Environmental Health) will help you become a multi-skilled professional with a specific focus on protection of human health. You’ll learn to protect people and communities from threats to health from our built and natural environments.

Get a broad education in environmental health

Environmental health is concerned with all aspects of the environment that may affect human health. Threats to human health may be biological, physical or chemical, and may be caused by natural processes, human activity, or a combination of the two. You’ll study important environmental health topics including food safety, infectious disease transmission, drinking water quality, urban air pollution, the hazards of excessive noise, exposure to toxic and other hazardous substances, workplace monitoring, medical geochemistry, contaminated site assessment, waste management and climate change.

The health industry needs you

With a solid grounding in environmental health, you’ll be perfectly placed to contribute to our nation’s health from day one in the workplace. You’ll learn to evaluate scientific knowledge and relevant legislation to act upon threats to human health. These could come from the supply of products and services to consumers, the natural environment, and environmental pollutants. You’ll get a thorough grounding in the relevant sciences and operational practices associated with environmental health.

Be a practical health advocate

With a Bachelor of Health Science with a major in environmental health you’ll gain:

  1. Broad, applied, hands-on environmental health knowledge combining both science and social science
  2. The ability to identify and solve problems
  3. Great communication skills
  4. The capacity to act as both a motivated self-starter and a specialist part of a larger team
  5. The ability to interface with other professionals
  6. An understanding of how to identify key legislation and its significance

Massey’s Bachelor of Health Science (Environmental Health) is recognised under the Environmental Health Officers Qualifications Regulations 1993.

A good fit if you:

  • Enjoy communicating with people and communities with diverse backgrounds
  • Want a job with a wide variety of work, where every day offers different challenges
  • Love analysing and critiquing trends, patterns, information and data
  • Want to play an integral role in improving the health, safety and wellbeing of people and nations
Betty Holden
Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngā Puhi
Bachelor of Health Science (Double Major in Integrated Human Health and Environmental Health)
Environmental Health Officer

“I would highly recommend studying at Massey. The help and support received from staff, lecturers and other students was invaluable in completing my degree…”

Student life at Massey was awesome. I chose Massey Wellington campus because it was small and had all of my core papers available. Kōkiri Ngātahi on campus support was great too!

We learned about our environment and the impacts we have on it with our individual actions and as a society. We can all do our bit for the environment!

Studying my degree has enabled me to work as an Environmental Health Officer. This has allowed me to put my knowledge into practice. I work alongside communities and providers selling food and make sure they do this safely.


With a Bachelor of Health Science majoring in environmental health, you’ll be ready for a wide range of careers. Typically they include a mix of indoor and outdoor work. Most jobs in environmental health involve working with people to promote a healthier environment in which to live. Two key occupations are health protection officers (HPOs) with district health boards, and environmental health officers (EHOs) with local councils.

Here are just some examples of the types and fields of work that await you:

  • Central government - Ministry of Primary Industries; Ministry of Health; Environmental Protection Authority: technical advisors; policy analysts; programme managers
  • Local government - health protection officers or environmental health officers; involved in public health advice, food safety/Food Act compliance; building inspection; liquor licensing work; resource consenting; disaster management and emergency planning; waste management; water quality management
  • Private sector - consultancies and industry; food quality assurance; workplace and environmental safety; waste management; food safety auditing; environmental quality assurance

Employers say

“The need for environmental health professionals in Australia is perhaps greater today than before as we face new challenges from existing and emerging environmental and public health concerns. For example, environmental health professions have a fundamental role of scrutinising environmental impact statements for proposed infrastructure, mining and petroleum projects throughout Australia. These projects have potential to create complex environmental and public health issues requiring assessment by qualified and knowledgeable environmental health professionals. The Bachelor of Health Science degree offered by Massey University would be a requisite qualification for work in this field.”  
Geoffrey Prendergast
Environmental Health Manager and Senior Environmental Health Officer
Northern Sydney Public Health Unit

Dr Nick Kim

Senior Lecturer in Applied Environmental Chemistry

Dr Nick Kim is an environmental chemist, with a special interest in human and environmental health risk assessment. Environmental health specifically covers the human health aspects of our environment, in particular, managing threats to human health from both the natural and built environment.

“It is now clear that globally humanity faces a bleak future. Climate change, an upsurge in the frequency of severe weather events, the depletion of natural resources, challenges in maintaining food security, mass migrations, the spread of zoonotic diseases, and increasingly polluted air, soil and water are going to make the next century especially challenging for both economic and socio-political systems, and human civilisation as a whole.

However that ends up, it is now clear that in future years many of the health issues that concern us at the moment will take second stage to environmental health problems. Professionals in this area—who in New Zealand include Environmental Health Officers who work with local authorities, and the Health Protection Officers who work with District Health Boards—will be increasingly sought after.”


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