Study for a meaningful career
You’ll be prepared to address the big health challenges facing the nation and the world in the 21st century.
- Undergraduate, NZQF Level 7
- 3 year(s) full-time. Available part-time.
Make a difference to the nation’s health
The Bachelor of Health Science (Health Promotion) will give you the skills you need to enable people to improve their health.
New Zealand has a range of public health challenges including:
- high rates of poverty
- increasing housing insecurity and homelessness
- poor mental health
- high rates of non-communicable diseases
- disparities in access to health care
- inequitable Māori and Pacific health outcomes.
By studying health promotion you will learn that solutions to contemporary health challenges requires attention to a wide range of factors including structural inequalities, environmental factors, government policy and community settings.
This programme moves beyond individual behaviour to examining this wide range of social and environmental interventions. It takes an integrated approach to the science of good health. It also highlights the importance of nutrition, exercise and sleep to achieving and maintaining good health throughout the life cycle.
Using a holistic approach to health, you’ll be able to communicate accurate and informed advice to produce a positive impact on health. You’ll have an opportunity to apply this knowledge in the areas of community development, health education and policy development.
Get the skills employers need
Your leaning meets the necessary public health skills defined by the Public Health Association of New Zealand and the Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand. You’ll graduate with the knowledge to critically evaluate evidence of health promotion prevention and intervention strategies. These include community development, participation, social change, social marketing and advocacy. You’ll be able to apply your new knowledge to the design, implementation and evaluation of health promotion activities.
Careers and further study
The Bachelor of Health Science (Health Promotion) can lead to many rewarding careers. You could find work in any of the following fields:
- health promotion
- community health workers, outreach and advisors
- policy advisors and analysts in government, district health boards, NGOs or PHOs
- programme managers, coordinators and evaluators.
All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.
There are no specific entry requirements for this programme, outside of university admission regulations.
English language requirements
To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.
Prior learning, credit and exemptions
For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:
- review the Recognition of Prior Learning regulations
- contact us through the Enquire button on this page.
If you do not have the entry requirements
English language and foundation courses
If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and programmes that may help.
- English Language Proficiency
- Foundation Certificate in Academic English
- Foundation Certificate in Advanced Academic English
- Full Foundation - Certificate in Foundation Studies
If you need to do a course before you start your programme, there may be options for you in Summer School.
Courses and planning
From the Schedule to the Degree including:
Ensure you have:
- Not more than 165 credits at 100 level
- At least 75 credits at 300 level
Also attend field trips, studios, workshops, tutorials and laboratories as required.
See ‘Courses for this programme’ below for schedules of courses.
Courses for this specialisation
|147202||Mental Health Promotion||15|
|150201||Te Kawenata o Waitangi: The Treaty of Waitangi in New Zealand Society||15|
|150302||Whānau ora: Principles of Flourishing Whānau||15|
|179230||The Wellbeing of Pacific Peoples in New Zealand||15|
|231200||Theories and Models of Health Promotion||15|
|231306||Public Health Evaluation||15|
|231307||Intervention Research and Design||15|
|231308||Health Promotion Advocacy||15|
Planning your programme
If you study full-time, you’ll take eight 15-credit courses each year.
Make sure you choose 147.102 Whakapiri: Engagement in Mental Health and Addiction Work in your first year because it is the pre-requisite for one of your 200-level compulsory major courses.
About this major
To complete the Health Promotion major in the Bachelor of Health Science you must pass 120 credits in specified areas.
This major is primarily available via distance learning (online), however note that some courses are available on campus. Check details on each course page when you enrol.
Fees and scholarships
Fees and finance
Fees, student loans and free fees scheme
Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.
There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.
Already know which courses you're going to choose?
If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.
Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme
You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.
The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.
Current and returning Massey students will find their National Student Number on their student homepage.
A good fit if you:
- want to improve health outcomes for communities and populations
- are keen to pursue a career in health promotion or health advocacy
- already work in an area relevant to health promotion.
Meet our students
Studying a Bachelor of Health Science with a new born was deemed impossible, but my lectures made this possible by providing high quality academic support.” Claudia Bowman
Health Promoter at Best Care Whakapai Hauora
Raising a family, whilst studying via distance went from a dream into reality, a very achievable goal. A Bachelor of Health Science in Health Promotion has provided me with a platform to empower communities at the margins of society. Gaining a health science degree is now just the start of an academic journey ahead.” Francine Whittfield
CARE Center (culture-centered approach to research and evaluation), Massey University
Meet our lecturers
I am passionate about critical approaches to health promotion and social justice. By studying health promotion you will learn that solutions to contemporary health challenges requires attention to structural inequalities, environmental factors, government policy, community settings as well as the limitations to a sole focus on the individual. Once you have completed this degree you will have the skills to be able to design, implement and evaluate health promotion programmes. Students have an opportunity to apply this knowledge in the areas of community development, health education and policy development.Suzanne Phibbs
Senior Lecturer in Public Health, School of Health Sciences
Accreditations and rankings
Massey University is ranked in the top 300 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.
Key information for students
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Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.
Applying and enrolling
Applying for the programme
Check you are ready
If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.
Choose your programme and click on Apply now
You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.
Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.
Receive and accept an Admission Offer of Place
You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.
Enrolling in courses
You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.
When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:
- prerequisites (courses you have to do before the one you are enrolling in)
- corequisites (courses you have to do at the same time as the one you are enrolling in)
- restrictions (courses that you cannot enrol in if you are completing or have completed another identified similar course)
- location – for instance some distance-based courses still have an on-campus element, so double check that the way the course is taught is suitable for your situation.
Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.
More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.
You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.
We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!
If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.
What are courses and credits?
What are courses and credits?
Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).
You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.
Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.
There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.
- See the ‘Courses for this programme’ section for the list of courses.
- Courses search
Understanding course numbers
The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.
The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:
- sub-degree courses are '0' (i.e. xxx.0xx)
- undergraduate study begins at 100-level, (i.e. xxx.1xx)
- as you progress through 200- and 300-level courses this number changes to 2 and 3 respectively. The higher the number that starts the second three digits, the higher the level of study
|Subject area||Level||Course ID number|
Electives are courses that are not compulsory. Certain guidelines are usually provided on courses you may take. Elective courses contribute to the programme, but not to your major or specialisation.
Workload and time management
Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.
For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.
In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.
Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.
Scholarships and awards
There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.