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Bachelor of Health Science (Health Promotion)

Key facts

  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Some courses available on campus
  • Not available for international students
  • Some distance courses contain compulsory contact workshops.

Study for a meaningful career

With a Massey Bachelor of Health Science (Health Promotion) you’ll be prepared to address the big health challenges facing the nation and the world in the 21st century.

Find out more about the Bachelor of Health Science parent structure.

What is it like?

Massey’s Bachelor of Health Science lets you combine a comprehensive, interdisciplinary suite of health majors and minors.

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. This programme moves beyond a focus on individual behaviour towards a wide range of social and environmental interventions. It takes an integrated approach to the science of good health, and highlights the importance of nutrition, exercise and sleep to achieving and maintaining good health throughout the life cycle.

Using this holistic approach to health, you’ll be able to communicate accurate and informed advice to produce a positive impact on health.

Learn from the best

Your Bachelor of Health Science lecturers have received awards for their research and teaching. Our teaching excellence is acknowledged by the AKO Aotearoa National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence.

Get the skills employers need

Our curriculum meets the public health competencies defined by the Public Health Association of New Zealand and the Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand, so you’ll get the skills employers demand. 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. From day one in the workplace, you’ll contribute to more effective health promotion in New Zealand and internationally.

The Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand says:

Health promoters work with communities, within different settings and across different sectors to improve health and reduce health inequities. Massey University’s Bachelor of Health Science (Health Promotion) provides an exciting opportunity for students to gain the knowledge and skills required to improve health outcomes. The Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand - Runanga Whakapiki Ake i te Hauora o Aotearoa (HPF) - supports this opportunity that contributes to developing an effective health promotion workforce.

Karen Hicks
Senior Health Promotion Strategist (Sector and Workforce Development)
Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand Runanga Whakapiki ake i te Hauora o Aotearoa

A good fit if you:

  • Want to improve health outcomes for communities and populations
  • Are keen to pursue a career in health promotion, health advocacy or programme evaluation
  • Already work in an area relevant to health promotion and want to further your career


The Bachelor of Health Science (Health Promotion) can lead you 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

You could go on to postgraduate study and become involved in health research.

Lecturer profile

Dr Suzanne Phibbs

Senior Lecturer in Public Health, School of Health Sciences

“I am passionate about critical approaches to health promotion and social justice.”

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 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.

Dr Suzanne Phibbs teaches Introduction to Public Health, Disability in Society, Health of Communities and Health Systems and Policy. 

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