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College of Health , Te Kura Hauora Tangata

The College of Health aims to build a brighter world by contributing to the health and wellbeing of individuals, whānau and communities.

Overview

Guided by the philosophy of hauora, the College of Health – Te Kura Hauora Tangata's teaching and research focuses on health and wellbeing for all, taking account of people’s diverse needs, situations, communities, and the influence of social and environmental factors.

We partner with stakeholders in Aotearoa New Zealand and overseas to lead the improvement of health and wellbeing, and promote equity and social justice.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi at Massey

We are deeply committed to being a Tiriti-led college, demonstrating authentic leadership in contemporary Aotearoa New Zealand as we uphold te Tiriti o Waitangi, the founding document of our nation, and its principles through our practice. We embrace this not just as an obligation but as a real opportunity for the nation and its people.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi ki Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa – The Treaty of Waitangi at Massey

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Study with us

Study with us to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals, whānau and communities. Graduate with skills and knowledge to make a difference in peoples' lives and the future of healthcare.

Our research

Across the college and in our research centres and schools, our staff, students and collaborators conduct a wide range of interrelated hauora and health research.

About us

Find out about our people, schools, research centres, accreditations, rankings, and our strategic vision, mission and goals.

Who we are

Our people make us who we are. Meet senior leaders in the College of Health.

Associate Professor Rachel Page

Associate Professor Rachel Page

Head of School of Health Sciences

Rachel Page has over 25 years of experience in leadership, learning and teaching. Her research focuses on preventing and improving health outcomes, especially in areas of noncommunicable diseases. Rachel loves making science relevant to students at all levels of academia.

Professor Nicolette Sheridan

Professor Nicolette Sheridan

Ngāpuhi
Head of School of Nursing

Nicolette Sheridan is one of New Zealand’s most highly regarded nurse academics. She has a PhD in Public Health and qualifications in occupational health and education. Nicolette has led international research into equity in healthcare and a national study on the effectiveness of primary care.

Professor Kieran O'Donoghue

Professor Kieran O'Donoghue

Head of School of Social Work

Kieran O'Donoghue is renowned nationally and internationally for his research in social work theory and practice, social work supervision, and the social work profession. He is a registered social worker and a member of Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW).

Associate Professor Andrew Foskett

Associate Professor Andrew Foskett

Head of School of Sport, Exercise and Nutrition

Andrew is a keen practitioner who has worked with high-performance athletes across a range of sports as an applied sport scientist. His research and teaching interest is in high-performance sport from physiological, nutritional and strength and conditioning perspectives.

Professor Jeroen Douwes

Professor Jeroen Douwes

Director Research Centre for Hauora and Health

Jeroen Douwes is an epidemiologist recognised internationally for his work on asthma, and environmental and occupational health. He has published 200+ publications, serves on Boards of the Health Research Council and Environmental Protection Authority, and is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

Professor Chris Cunningham

Professor Chris Cunningham

Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Raukawa
Director Research Centre for Hauora and Health

Chris Cunningham is a senior Māori health researcher focusing on housing, indoor air quality, cancer, inequities and health services. Chris has published extensively on public health and Māori health and development.

Professor Sally Casswell

Professor Sally Casswell

Co-director SHORE and Whāriki Research Centre

Sally Casswell's research focuses on public health policy in relation to commercial determinants of disease, especially alcohol. Sally has researched public policy development and implementation at national and global levels. She's a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and Officer of the Order of New Zealand.

Professor Helen Moewaka Barnes

Professor Helen Moewaka Barnes

Te Kapotai, Ngāpuhi
PhD, MPH
Director Whariki and Co-Director SHORE and Whariki Research Centre

Helen is a social scientist at the forefront of creating knowledge in the determinants of health, wellbeing and mātauranga. Her areas of expertise include Māori health, methods and methodologies, research ethics and tikanga. Helen is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Schools and research centres

Our college is home to two university research centres and four schools:

School of Health Sciences

Reducing health inequalities, and improving heath and wellbeing for people, communities and workplaces.

School of Nursing

Innovative teaching and research grounded in deep clinical expertise, with programmes accredited by the Nursing Council.

School of Social Work

Developing social work knowledge and practice to enhance the wellbeing of people, whānau and communities.

School of Sport, Exercise and Nutrition

Examine human health, performance and physical development at all ages and stages of people's lives.

Research Centre for Hauora and Health

Covering all aspects of hauora and health research, with a focus on epidemiology, non-communicable diseases, mātauranga and kaupapa Māori, Māori and Pacific health, and environmental and occupational health.

SHORE and Whāriki Research Centre

Two multidisciplinary research groups working to improve health nationally and globally. Our policy and community research includes kaitiakitanga, health services, housing, urban design for active transport, and alcohol and drugs.

Clinics

Massey clinics offer services for the public, as well as research or training for staff, students and professionals.

Nutrition and Dietetic Centre

The centre combines the clinical, nutritional and research expertise of Massey dietitians and nutritionists, with the enthusiasm and creativity of our dietetics students.

Location: Auckland campus

Donate to the College of Health

We welcome your support in raising money to enable excellence in scholarship, teaching and research at the College of Health. To make sure your donation goes towards the college, select the College of Health Development Fund as your designation.

Support nursing scholarships

There are currently more than 4,000 nursing vacancies across New Zealand, and our hospitals and medical centres are under enormous pressure.

You can help us encourage school leavers to enter the nursing profession and ensure our nursing students complete their studies and enter the workforce equipped to deliver the best possible care to New Zealanders. Select Nursing Scholarship Fund as your designation to help our nursing students.

Health news

Discover news from the College of Health.

Unapologetically Māori in the Social Work arena

Tuesday 19 December 2023

Personal experience and a desire to empower others led Kaysha Whakarau, Ngāti Ruanui, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Porou to complete a Master of Social Work.

The driving disparities between socioeconomic status and vehicle age

Monday 11 December 2023

Data analysed by Environmental Health Intelligence New Zealand (EHINZ) has revealed private passenger vehicles are, on average, older in areas of higher socioeconomic deprivation.

Social Work students commended for their leadership legacy

Thursday 30 November 2023

Bec Hancock and Tracy Edwards have been named this year’s recipients of two esteemed awards for fourth-year Bachelor of Social Work students.

2023 Professorial promotions announced

Thursday 30 November 2023

In the most recent promotion round, 18 Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa Massey University staff were promoted to Professor and 25 to Associate Professor. The promotions will take effect from 1 January 2024.

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