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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.
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:
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.
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.
The Bachelor of Health Science (Health Promotion) can lead to many rewarding careers. You could find work in any of the following fields:
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.
To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.
For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:
If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and programmes that may help.
If you need to do a course before you start your programme, there may be options for you in Summer School.
|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|
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.
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.
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.
If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.
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.
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
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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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.
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 be 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.
There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.