Bachelor of Health Science (Occupational Health and Safety)

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Excel in the growing health industry

Massey’s Bachelor of Health Science (Occupational Health and Safety) will give you essential skills for a career in the health industry.

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What is it like?

Create healthy workplaces

Learn how to create healthy workplaces by improving the relationships between people at work, the work they do, and their working environment. You’ll develop expertise in the identification and control of occupational safety and health hazards.

Massey’s Occupational Health and Safety major is one of only a few university qualifications in the world to include courses in ergonomics/human factors and occupational hygiene.

Get the skills you need

Your training will include decision-making, problem-solving and management skills - all highly desired by employers. You’ll get a variety of hands-on experiences, including participation in worksite visits. On completion, you’ll be prepared to facilitate, educate, and promote safety and health in the workplace. The Occupational Health and Safety major includes all aspects of work and health including physical and psychosocial work environments.

Great career opportunities

You could go on to postgraduate study, and extend your research and professional practice skills in a discipline with increasing job opportunities.

Loads of options

Study the Bachelor of Health Science (Occupational Health and Safety) full-time or part-time, on-campus or by distance education. You’ll also have the option to select from a wide variety of electives to suit your personal needs and interests.

A good fit if you:

  • Want to enter the health industry
  • Have an interest in creating healthy workplaces
  • Enjoy making a difference to people’s lives


The Bachelor of Health Science (Occupational Health and Safety) can lead to or enhance many careers. Our graduates are working as:

  • health and safety managers
  • staff of Worksafe New Zealand and ACC
  • occupational health and safety consultants
  • occupational health nurses
  • environmental health, air pollution and noise control specialists
  • occupational hygienists
  • ergonomists/human factors specialist
  • designing engineers
  • human resource managers and advisers.

Lecturer profile

Dr Kirsten Olsen
Senior Lecturer

“This is the only university programme in New Zealand that prepares students for certification as an OHS professional. It’s also unique because it includes ergonomics - the design of workplaces and jobs that meet human needs while enhancing system performance…”

OHS focuses on preventing injuries and harm to people in their workplaces. But it’s also about creating healthy workplaces so workers have healthy lives. OHS includes ergonomics and human factors. These help to improve business performance.

Studying with us, you will learn why it’s important to establish national standards and regulations, create guidance for businesses and educate and train managers and workers to identify health and safety hazards, and ways to manage and control them so that workers can go to work and arrive home healthy.

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