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Bachelor of Health Science

Key facts

  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Some courses available on campus.
  • Equivalent to 3 years of full-time study
  • Not available for international students
  • Some distance courses contain compulsory contact workshops.

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Entry requirements

There are no special entry requirements beyond those that qualify you for study at University. Computer literacy is recommended. If you do not have a science or mathematics background, you can get a head start in your studies by taking foundation courses in science or mathematics.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.


These regulations take effect from 1 January 2019.

  1. All candidates who commenced study towards the Degree of Bachelor of Health Science prior to 2016, and who have passed at least 60 credits whilst enrolled in the Degree of Bachelor of Health Science, may complete under the Degree of Bachelor of Health Science regulations in the 2015 Massey University Calendar (or earlier regulations) until the end of the 2019 academic year.
  2. These transition arrangements expire at the end of 2019.
  3. Subject to the Maximum time to Completion and Abandonment of Studies provisions specified in the Part I regulations for the degree, all candidates who enrolled in the Bachelor of Health Science prior to 1 January 2019 and have completed at least 15 credits may substitute a course or courses for a course or courses already taken in order to fulfil core and majoring requirements until December 2022.

Bachelor of Health Science structure

The Bachelor of Health Science (BHlthSc) is a 360 credit (equivalent to 3-years full time study) undergraduate qualification which offers students the opportunity to make a positive contribution to the maintenance and enhancement of the health and well-being of individuals and communities both nationally and internationally.

These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates


The Bachelor of Health Science consists of:

  1. a compulsory core of 210 credits,
  2. majors consisting of 120 credits
  3. electives of 30 credits

Compulsory Core Courses

A) Compulsory (180 credits)

214.101 Human Bioscience: Normal Body Function
214.102 Applied Sciences for Health Professionals
231.106 Introduction to Public Health
231.107 Social Determinants of Health
250.100 Health Communication
150.112 Hauora Tangata: Foundations of Māori Health
150.202 Mauri Ora: Māori Wellbeing and Vitality
214.201 Human Biosciences: Impaired Body Function
250.205 Principles and Practice of Human Epidemiology
250.331 Health of Communities
250.303 Systems Thinking and Design for Health
214.212 Research Methods in the Health Sciences or 175.203 Introduction to Psychological Research (for Psychology Majors only)

B) 30 credits from:

147.101 Rehabilitation Studies
147.102 Whakapiri: Engagement in Mental Health and Addiction Work               
175.101 Psychology as a Social Science            
175.102 Psychology as a Natural Science         
179.155 Introduction to Helping Skills in Social and Community Work
214.131 Introduction to Food and Nutrition    
231.108 Health Intervention Management
234.121 Functional Anatomy                              
234.141 Introduction to Human Movement and Hauora


30 credits from:

145.216 Urban Environments
147.302 Alcohol, Other Drugs and Addiction 
147.333 Health and Ageing
175.303 The Practice of Psychological Research
175.309 Forensic Psychology
175.311 Psychology of Women
175.318 Experimental Psychology
175.345 Organisational Psychology
179.320 Community Development
214.334 Nutrition and Health in the 21st Century
234.331 Sport in the Social Context
250.320 Work Integrated Learning in Health Sciences

Majors or endorsements

Note: Human Health and the Environment, Māori Health, Sport and Exercise, Public Health are no longer open to new enrolments.

How much will it cost?

We can't tell you the exact cost until you have chosen your courses, as the tuition fees you pay each year vary depending on the courses you choose. There will also be compulsory non-tuition fees you have to pay in addition to your tuition fees. For some courses there may be other charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

To get an approximate idea of tuition costs for typical study areas, you can use our quick guide to programme fees.

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Financial assistance

You might be eligible to apply for a scholarship or award. You can use our scholarship search to see what is available. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

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