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Study health , Ākona te hauora

Study with us to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals, whānau and communities. Graduate with skills and knowledge to make a difference in peoples' lives and the future of healthcare.

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Spoilt for choice

Explore your area of interest. Massey has a wide range of health qualifications, with many courses to choose from.

Be in high demand

Get ready to be sought after. Employers come to Massey throughout the year, keen to hire new graduates.

Striving to be Tiriti-led

We work to uphold the principles of te Tiriti o Waitangi – and to empower all New Zealanders, especially Māori.

Global innovators

At Massey we look beyond New Zealand and think big – we're curious about what's going on and we aim to shape the future.


Health is the cornerstone of our lives and the foundation of happy, thriving societies.

Choose from qualifications and courses that set you up to work in a sector with high demand for skilled workers. Careers range from nurses to social workers, nutritionists to mental health and addiction specialists.

Learn from lecturers and health experts in areas such as:

Massey's College of Health – Te Kura Hauora Tangata is a leader in Aotearoa New Zealand, built on world-class expertise and home to three major research centres. Our teaching, learning and research focuses on health and wellbeing for all, taking account of people’s diverse needs, situations, communities, and the influence of environmental factors.

Join us to help solve the health challenges and issues of the 21st Century.

What you could study

Here's a small sample of the qualifications and courses you could study as a Massey health student.

Undergraduate qualifications

An undergraduate qualification is generally the first thing you’ll study when you start at university.

Postgraduate qualifications

Once you’ve graduated with a bachelor’s degree – or have equivalent experience – you’ll be ready to take on postgraduate study.

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What our students say

“I chose social work without fully understanding the concept, but I knew it was about people and I knew that people mattered.”
Blake Gardiner

Bachelor of Social Work

“One of the services that helped me significantly as a distance student was Massey's online learning platform. The Stream site provided me with the opportunity to connect peers and teaching staff, watch online lectures, lessons or presentations, submit assessments and much much more.”
Ian Militoni

Bachelor of Health Science (Integrated Human Health)

“I recommend studying at Massey University because it allowed me to learn about everything that contributes to health and wellbeing, but also the real world application of this knowledge that allows you to work in the health field.”
Maddie Ryan

Bachelor of Health Science (Integrated Human Health)

Our facilities

You'll have access to a wide range of first-class facilities when you study health with us. Here's a snapshot of what's on offer.

Two student nurses in a nursing simulation suite

Nursing simulation suites

Suites include:

  • mock hospital settings
  • two-way observation spaces
  • standard nursing equipment for hospital and community work.

Students learn and practice nursing skills through case studies and simulations using actors, interactive manikins and real-time body camera recordings.

Location: Manawatū and Wellington campuses

Empathy Lab

Empathy is a key aspect of healthcare. But when you're fit and healthy, it's not always easy to understand the impacts of long-term illness or ageing. Nursing students wear special suits that mimic what it's like to do daily tasks after suffering a stroke, or being restricted by declining health.

Location: Auckland, Manawatū and Wellington campuses

Student testing blood pressure of another student

Human Performance Laboratory

This laboratory evaluates performance for a wide range of sports and occupational activities, with state-of-the-art research and testing equipment.

Location: Manawatū (Palmerston North) campus

Sport and Exercise Science Research Laboratory

This laboratory offers a physiological and biomechanical analysis for many sports and occupational activities. Laboratory staff have experience with a wide range of sports, athletes and occupations.

Location: Auckland campus

What our students say

“Studying at Massey University has provided me a broad and sound knowledge of what social work is all about. The day of a social worker is never the same, encountering different situations and people impacted by social and personal issues.”
Kaysha Whakarau

Ngāti Raukawa rāua ko Ngāti Ruanui

Bachelor of Social Work

“My degree has qualified my passion for sport into a prosperous profession in coaching, teaching, leading and managing sport teams.”
Aaron McLelland

Ngāti Porou

Bachelor of Sport and Exercise

“The entrepreneurial spirit and passion to make sure students get the best out of their study, really attracted me to Massey.”
George Truebridge

Graduate nurse in orthopaedic surgical ward, Palmerston North Hospital

Bachelor of Nursing

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