Bachelor of Health Science (Health Promotion)

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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.

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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.

Follow your interests

Massey has a wide range of minors that you can do alongside your health promotion major. It’s easy to build a degree that caters to your interests and your future career path.

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 Geoffrey Kira

Senior Lecturer, School of Health Sciences

My work impacts on health inequities by addressing the social determinants of health. Addressing the social determinants of health is not easy when there are structural (policy) and social (societal attitudes) obstacles. It is one of these ‘wicked problems’, a complex myriad of issues that are intertwined and interdependent: poverty, malnutrition, obesity, poor education, homelessness and family violence.

When you grow up poor, as I have, you have an insight to these issues and that feeds the obsession to do something about them. This requires taking a people-focus in health promotion and less of a disease-focus.

These ‘wicked problems’ are the great challenge of public health and one that we are taking on. When you undertake the Bachelor of Health Science (Health Promotion), you will find that there is plenty of evidence to support the development of novel interventions. We can no longer keep doing the same thing and expect an improvement in population health.

These novel interventions will require the input of everyone from policy analysts, epidemiologists, topic experts, health promoters, and the communities themselves. This new wave in health promotion will require a synergy from teams. They will take both a top-down (policy and legislation) and a bottom-up approach (community mobilisation).

Our health promotion degree supports you to understand the big picture, see what is missing, and effectively contribute your part.

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