About the College of Health , Mō Te Kura Hauora Tangata

Our college aims to build a brighter world by contributing to the health and wellbeing of individuals, whānau and communities.

Guided by the philosophy of hauora, or college'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.

Our qualifications and courses set up our students to work in a sector with a high demand for skilled workers. Careers range from nurses to social workers, nutritionists to mental health and addiction specialists.

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

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
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 four schools and two university research centres.

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.


New Zealand Dietitians Board

The Master of Science (Nutrition and Dietetics) programme is accredited by the New Zealand Dietitians Board. Our graduates are eligible to register as a New Zealand Registered Dietitian (NZRD) and to practice as a dietitian in New Zealand.

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Nursing Council of New Zealand

Our nursing qualifications are nationally and internationally recognised and approved by the Nursing Council of New Zealand. Upon completion you can apply for registration as a registered nurse with the Nursing Council of New Zealand.

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Institution of Occupational Safety and Health

Massey's Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety and Bachelor of Health Science (Occupational Health & Safety) are the only NZ tertiary qualifications accredited by IOSH. Students who complete these qualifications will meet the academic requirement for Graduate Membership to IOSH.

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New Zealand Social Workers Registration Board

Our professional qualifications are accredited by the Social Workers Registration Board. Students who complete the Bachelor of Social Work or Master of Applied Social Work can immediately apply for provisional registration as a registered social worker.

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Medical Sciences Council of New Zealand

The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science (Medical Laboratory Science) is accredited by the Medical Sciences Council of New Zealand.

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Environmental Health Officers Qualifications Regulations 1993

Our environmental health qualifications are recognised by the Ministry of Health as meeting qualification requirements for environmental health officers. Our qualifications are also recognised as suitable background for employment of Environmental Health Officers in Australia.

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Register of Exercise Professionals

Massey's Bachelor of Sport and Exercise (Exercise Prescription) is accredited by the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS). Graduates can register as exercise professionals with REPS.

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QS Ranking - Nursing

Massey nursing is ranked in the world's top 150 universities by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).

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ShanghaiRanking - nursing

Massey University is ranked in the top 150 universities in the world and first in New Zealand in the subject area of nursing by the ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.

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ShanghaiRanking - public health

Massey University is ranked in the top 400 universities in the world and fourth in New Zealand in the subject area of public health by the ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.

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ShanghaiRanking - Sport Science Schools

Massey's School of Sport, Exercise and Nutrition is ranked in the top 200 Global Shanghai Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments.

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New Zealand Performance-Based Research Fund Rankings

In the latest PBRF Rankings 2018, Massey achieved research excellence relative to other New Zealand universities in the subject areas of nursing, other health studies, and sport and exercise science.

Strategic vision, mission and goals


In line with the philosophy of hauora, our strategic approach to learning, teaching and research is to view optimal health and wellbeing as the outcome of multiple factors encompassing individual differences, diversity, social determinants and environmental interactions.

It is important to us to be recognised nationally and internationally for the quality and integrity of our research, the capability of our graduates and our service to others. We develop and promulgate solutions for large and complex problems that affect the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and whānau with the aim of building a brighter world.


The College of Health makes a difference in the areas of:

  • accessible health education
  • applied social research
  • health system strengthening including workforce development
  • public health and health policy
  • applied inter-disciplinary practice
  • sleep, sport and exercise, and nutrition
  • understand the environmental, biological and social mechanisms of health and disease.


  1. Be a Treaty of Waitangi-led College of Health – Te Kura Hauora Tangata.
  2. Value, recognise and reward professional and academic staff, and promote staff development and wellbeing.
  3. Be the preferred partner for education and research in our areas of expertise.
  4. Align and optimise organisational processes to achieve best practice.
  5. Generate new revenue and increase efficiency so we can invest in our strengths.

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College of Health – Auckland campus


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College of Health – Manawatū campus


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College of Health – Wellington campus


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