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Bachelor of Health

Bachelors Degree BHealth
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This degree helps prepare innovative health sector leaders who can contribute to change in systems and practices to support equitable outcomes for individuals and their communities.

360 points, 3 years


Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)

Why study a BHealth?

The Bachelor of Health (BHealth) and Certificate in Health and Wellbeing, are the first qualifications in New Zealand to combine multiple disciplines in a programme that will help graduates find employment in the health sector, and improve the current health system.The Bachelor of Health has been specifically developed to address the growing demand for a workforce that can contribute across the health sector as this industry diversifies into roles with local governments, iwi, indigenous populations, community groups, private enterprise, individuals and families.

In recognising the importance of preventative and holistic approaches to health, we need a workforce with knowledge of health service quality and equity that is built on a foundation of cultural competency, multidisciplinary knowledge, interpersonal and collaborative skills, applied biomedical skills, critical thinking, and regional and community engagement.

The BHealth is underpinned by the concept of hauora in practice and incorporates Biomedical Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physiology); Epidemiology; Bioethics; Health Communication and Community Approaches; Māori, Pacific and Indigenous perspectives and practice; Psychology, Sociology, Policy; and Statistics, all of which allows students to explore the diverse aspects of health and wellbeing in applied and theoretical settings.

Our graduates will have knowledge and skills that are practical and transferable, allowing them to practice in ways that exhibit an understanding of health as it relates to the individual, whanau and community. With a BHealth you will be well positioned to contribute to innovative approaches that address the complex health issues which matter to the different communities in New Zealand and internationally.

*Hauora, as represented in this material, is defined as a holistic approach that values the interconnection between the physical and meta physical in ways that nourish and sustain the vitality of people and their communities. In doing so recognition is attributed to past generations, historical contexts, and connections to the land.

Career Opportunities

  • Community and client engagement
  • Clinical laboratory scientist
  • Health and safety inspector
  • Health communication
  • Health promotion planning and development
  • Health promotion policy development
  • Laboratory technician/scientist in research institutes
  • Medical/Pharmaceutical/Biotech industries and universities
  • Medical science writer
  • Research technician
  • Study/research coordinator

360 points, 3 years


Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)

Degree information

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Postgraduate study options

Graduates will be prepared to enter postgraduate study leading to higher-level qualifications as well as being ready to take up immediate employment opportunities. The Biomedical Sciences programme will also provide a pathway for further graduate study in health and health science areas, such as medical school, dentistry, physiotherapy, pharmacy, and medical research (biomedical research scientist, medicinal chemist, etc).

Contact us

International Enquiries

Monday to Friday 8:30am - 5pm

Division of Health

Te Huataki Waiora School of Health, Sixth Floor, TT Block, Gate 4, Hillcrest Road, Hillcrest, Hamilton, New Zealand