Health Sciences


Health Sciences focuses on socio-economic and behavioural factors affecting health and health provision, the role governments play in determining health policy, how health systems function, and the biological and social bases of ill-health in our communities. The BHSc provides an entry track into the undergraduate medical programme. At the end of the first year, students who have taken the prescribed course of study and have obtained a minimum GPA of 6.0 (B+ average) in their courses will then be eligible for consideration for entry into second year medicine.

Areas of study

Health Sciences is a non-clinical programme that provides a multidisciplinary understanding of health, healthcare and health services in New Zealand. It provides an understanding of the biological, social and behavioural bases of the Western medical system as preparation for a career in the health sector and related industries.

You can study Health Sciences in the following programmes:

What you will learn

Topics in health and society, epidemiology, behaviour and health, health systems, healthcare ethics, Māori and Pacific health and human biology.

Career opportunities

BHSc graduates fill a wide variety of roles in the public health sector. Their understanding of the social dimensions of health and health services, coupled with skills in identifying and evaluating initiatives to improve the health of populations, give them excellent career opportunities in health promotion, health policy, health care management and health information services. A career in public health could lead to work with district health boards, non-governmental and governmental health agencies, as well as private health care providers.

More information

Bachelor of Health Sciences information from the School of Population Health