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Bachelor of Health - BHlth

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Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


Victoria University of Wellington


Follow your passion for improving people's health and wellbeing and make a real difference in the community with a Bachelor of Health from Victoria University of Wellington.

Shape a healthy future

The Bachelor of Health is a three-year undergraduate degree that gives you expertise in health services, health policy and strategy, social health and population health in New Zealand and beyond. It will prepare you for a rewarding career contributing to the promotion of good health and wellbeing in our communities.

A feature of this degree is that it's cross-disciplinary, meaning you'll be encouraged to study and work with subject areas outside health.

Design your degree around your interests choose from our wide range of courses and do a minor or major in another subject, or choose a conjoint degree and pursue two degrees at the same time.

Study through a range of blended learning opportunities combining online digital media with classroom teaching, followed by a research project or internship in your final year.

With a growing population, New Zealand healthcare services need a range of skilled people from health promoters and policy analysts to health data management experts and health advisers.

Whatever your choice of major, you’ll develop an in-depth understanding of the field you’re passionate about, laying the groundwork for many possible careers or further postgraduate study.

First year

In your first year, you’ll learn the foundations of human bioscience, plus the environmental and social factors that cause poor health. You'll begin to explore solutions and preventative measures that can make a difference in our communities.

You’ll study five core introductory courses and three further courses. The five core courses will introduce you to concepts of health and wellbeing, health policy and services, statistical analysis and human biology, anatomy and physiology.

Your remaining three courses will be an introduction to your major and assist with meeting the possible requirements for your second- and third-year courses.

By the end of the first year you should have a strong grasp of the common threats to the health and wellbeing of individuals and our communities, and begin to understand the ins and outs of your chosen health major.

Second year

This is the year you’ll focus on your major Population Health, Policy and Service Delivery, Health Promotion, Health Psychology, Health Informatics or Health Software Development. You can also choose to study more than one health major.

You'll look more closely at health issues impacting our communities and the challenges our health systems face.

Third year

In your final year, you’ll have a range of opportunities to apply your knowledge and skills. You might start designing new health promotion activities, developing new health software apps to improve the effectiveness of patient treatment, or managing health information.

At the end of your third year you’ll have the knowledge and skills to begin your career in the health sector.

Or you can stay on and begin your postgraduate studies in one of our new Health qualifications.

Flexibility in your degree

Take advantage of the flexibility offered by Victoria University of Wellington. Depending on your degree, you may be able to do a second major from another degree, a minor or a conjoint degree.

Entry criteria

Achieve the International Baccalaureate Diploma, or three GCE Advanced Level passes at C grade, or equivalent.

English language requirements

IELTS overall band of 6.0 with no sub-score below 5.5; TOEFL 80 on the internet-based test; EAP: minimum final scores of 4,4,4,3; Pearson Test of English: minimum score of 50 (with a 'Communicative score' of not less than 42)

Application Deadlines - Trimester 1: 1 Dec; Trimester 2: 1 May.

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