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Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health and Addiction)

Key facts

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

Advance your career in mental health and addiction

If you want to pursue a career or take on a leadership role in the mental health and addiction workforce, then Massey’s Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health and Addiction) is for you!

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What is it like?

Join a large and growing workforce in New Zealand

The New Zealand government is actively investing in the education and professional development of the mental health and addiction workforce. Support workers represent over 30% of the mental health and addiction workforce and have been a primary driver of its growth over the past five years. Leadership for this growing and evolving workforce is needed.

As a leader in the mental health and addiction field, you’ll promote and sustain the mental health and wellbeing of individuals, whānau and communities. You’ll focus on the health potential of people and their everyday settings for living. You’ll work to reduce inequities and to improve the social, cultural, environmental and political determinants of mental health and addiction.

Gain foundational skills

With Massey’s Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health and Addiction), you’ll become a reflective and dynamic thinker, capable of demonstrating commitment to equity within a broad hauora wellbeing approach.

You’ll be introduced to:

  • key concepts in mental health and addiction, its determinants and advocacy
  • te reo, tikanga and engagement with Māori
  • social and community helping skills
  • models and predictors of mental health, public health and addiction
  • key concepts in public health.

You’ll gain:

  • skills to facilitate, lead and advise in order to solve complex challenges
  • an appreciation of the development, history, and context of mental health and addiction in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • skills of meaningful engagement, authentic relationships, and shared decision-making to plan and evaluate interventions to improve population wellbeing.

DAPAANZ recognition

Drug and Alcohol Practitioners’ Association Aotearoa–New Zealand (DAPAANZ) is the membership association representing the professional interests of practitioners working in addiction treatment.

The Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health and Addiction) provides the critical knowledge and engagement competencies required for DAPAANZ-accredited support workers working with Māori and non-Māori in the mental health and addiction sector. As a graduate of this programme you may be eligible to apply for DAPAANZ accreditation.*

* Conditional on final approval of this qualification by DAPAANZ for accreditation purposes. Review is currently underway.

Study to suit your lifestyle

With distance learning you can plan your study to suit your lifestyle. You can enrol in the Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health and Addiction) full or part time.

Go on to further study

Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health and Addiction) graduates can go on to further postgraduate study in the following programmes:

  • Master of Health Sciences
  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Counselling
  • Master of Applied Social Work

A good fit if you:

  • Personally value respect, aroha (love) and hope
  • Want to work purposefully with others to challenge the status quo and develop social justice and inclusion
  • Care about promoting and sustaining the mental health and wellbeing of individuals, whānau and communities


Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health and Addiction) graduates possess knowledge and transferrable skills to work within a range of mental health settings.

Their roles may include:

  • advisors
  • advocates
  • educators
  • health promoters
  • kaimahi
  • whānau ora navigators
  • case managers
  • probation officers
  • public health workers
  • community development workers
  • policy analysts
  • programme coordinators
  • community outreach workers.

They may work within:

  • District Health Boards
  • Primary Health Organisations
  • non-government organisations
  • local and central government
  • iwi social services and Māori health organisations
  • government agencies
  • culturally-specific services
  • the disability sector
  • aged care sector
  • public health units
  • youth services
  • the education sector
  • community organisations.

Te Rau Puawai

Each year the Te Rau Puawai Workforce Programme provides bursaries and learning support for students who are seeking to commence or complete a Massey University qualification in the field of Māori mental health. Students who want to enrol in this programme might be eligible to apply.

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