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Enriching lives and wellbeing


Why study health at Massey?

  • Wide range of offers.
  • World-class research. Award-winning teachers.
  • Internationally recognised qualifications.
  • Small class sizes. Personalised learning environment.
  • Established industry connections. Strong global connectivity.
  • Study whenever, wherever, at the pace that suits you best.

Choose your own path in health

Health is the cornerstone of our lives, and the foundation of happy, thriving societies. With Massey’s work-integrated learning approach, you’ll come away with more than a qualification, but the ability and experience to hit the ground running and make a true difference to people’s lives. Start your studies in this exciting and constantly evolving field, and pick from a range of options.


Health science

Bachelor of Health Science

There is a growing need for people who understand personal, workplace and community health issues in today’s interconnected and complex world. Massey's Bachelor of Health Science will teach you the social and biological bases of health issues faced by individuals and populations today. With a solid grounding in health science, you’ll be perfectly placed to contribute to improving the nation’s health from day one in the workplace.

Our comprehensive health science programme offers majors in Environmental Health, Health Promotion, Health Services Navigation, Integrated Human Health, Mental Health and Addiction, Occupational Health and Safety, and Psychology.

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Human nutrition

Bachelor of Science (Human Nutrition)

Knowledge about human nutrition and the application of this knowledge are essential elements in maintaining a healthy society. In Massey's Bachelor of Science (Human Nutrition) you will learn about the composition of food, human requirements for nutrients, and how the body processes food and nutrients. You will also receive training in practical skills such as dietary assessment and body composition assessment. This will give you the basis of knowledge required for enhancing health and fitness in individuals of all ages, and in groups and communities. 

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Mental health and addiction

Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health and Addiction)

The New Zealand government is actively investing in the education and professional development of the mental health and addiction workforce. Leadership for this growing and evolving workforce is needed. As a leader in the mental health and addiction field, you’ll promote and sustain the mental health and wellbeing of individuals, whānau and communities. The Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health and Addiction) provides the critical knowledge and engagement competencies required for DAPAANZ-accredited support workers. As a graduate, you may be eligible to apply for accreditation.

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Bachelor of Nursing

When you study nursing at Massey, you will gain the theoretical and practical knowledge required to work as a registered nurse in a wide range of healthcare workplaces. Massey's nursing students gain real work experience in hospitals, community health centres, rural and outreach clinics and mental health services throughout the country every year. Massey's Bachelor of Nursing is so highly respected and recognised that both New Zealand and overseas employers hire most of our graduates within six months of finishing their degrees.

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Occupational health

Occupational health and safety

Bachelor of Health Science (Occupational Health and Safety)

Learn how to create healthy workplaces by improving the relationships between people at work, the work they do, and their working environment. You will develop expertise in all aspects of work and health, including physical and psychosocial work environments and occupational hygiene.

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Bachelor of Science (Physiology)

Ever wondered how your diet influences the skeleton, or how the stomach and intestines process food, or even how climate change impacts the survival ability of penguins? Physiology explains how cells, tissues and organs work together to maintain normal body function. Depending on your interests, you can combine physiology with other disciplines to focus on human health or animal health.

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Social Work

Bachelor of Social Work

As a registered social worker, you can make a positive impact on individuals, families, groups and communities. Massey's Bachelor of Social Work combines theory and practice to give you vital hands-on experience in the workplace. Our programme has a reputation for producing strong, critical thinkers. Massey's social work graduates make up the largest number of highly qualified social workers in New Zealand and more than 90% find employment within six months of earning their degree.

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Bachelor sport and exercise tile

Sport and exercise

Bachelor of Sport and Exercise

Get a broad, interdisciplinary understanding of key sport and exercise concepts to prepare you for a variety of careers in the sport and exercise sector. Choose to specialise in Exercise Prescription, Physical Education or Sport Development. As part of your major, you'll gain valuable real-world experience, preparing you for entry into the workforce.

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bachelor sport science and exercise

Exercise and sport science

Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Sport Science)

Are you interested in physical fitness and performance? Massey’s Exercise and Sport Science major will provide you with a broad base in science, coupled with knowledge and skills related to exercise and sport performance.

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