Bachelor of Health Science (Health Services Navigation)

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Study rehabilitation for a meaningful career

With a Massey Bachelor of Health Science (Health Services Navigation) you’ll get an in-depth knowledge of rehabilitation policy, practice and contexts, preparing you for a rewarding career helping others make the most of their lives.

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What is it like?

Rehabilitation practitioners work with individuals experiencing injury, illness, disability and/or social disadvantage to help them return to their desired life roles. Massey’s Health Services Navigation major adopts a multidisciplinary approach. You’ll gain the knowledge to provide and evaluate functioning, health and job-related rehabilitation and disability services. The rehabilitation major will also equip you to critically consider important national and international policies such as the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Help others make the most of their lives

Massey’s Bachelor of Health Science (Health Services Navigation) will give you the skills to optimise rehabilitation outcomes for people within their family and community environments.

You’ll be educated in theories and practice to help people achieve occupational, personal and social goals. Our graduates work to facilitate change both in individuals and their community or work environments. Massey’s Health Services Navigation major is unique, with its focus on social, functional and vocational rehabilitation.

Study to suit your lifestyle

Massey’s Health Services Navigation major is available by distance, and can be studied wherever you live, whether in New Zealand or overseas. You can also fit part-time study in around your career and other lifestyle commitments.

A good fit if you:

  • Are passionate about helping people improve their lives
  • Seek to advocate for accessible and inclusive communities and policies
  • Care about health and wellbeing
  • Are a problem-solver


You could find yourself working in the community not-for-profit sector, for non-governmental agencies, the Accident Compensation Corporation or vocational rehabilitation providers – among others.

The Bachelor of Health Science (Health Services Navigation) can lead you to many rewarding careers, whether your passion is working with children and youth, older people, prisoners, or those with mental health difficulties. The demand for qualified rehabilitation health providers is rising, and you could find work in:

  • Community programmes
  • Case work/case management
  • Services for people with intellectual and developmental conditions
  • Services for people with age-related conditions
  • Advocacy and human rights
  • Policy development
  • Rehabilitation or disability research

Lecturer profile

Dr Gretchen Good
Senior Lecturer, School of Health Sciences

"I am passionate about improving the lives of those who live with impairments and disability by influencing those who work with them." 

People may have impairments, but disability is socially created by barriers such as those in the built environment and attitudes. By studying issues related to rehabilitation and disability theory and practice, you have the opportunity to help create a more inclusive society through your new understanding. Students have an opportunity to apply this knowledge in all aspects of work life, whether this involves direct work with disabled, addicted, incarcerated or otherwise disadvantaged people, or policy development, community development, education or managing people, businesses or agencies. 

Dr Gretchen Good teaches Rehabilitation Studies, Issues in Rehabilitation, Case Management and Rehabilitation Counselling.

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