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Bachelor of Health Sciences

This course is available


Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Feb 2024


Grafton Campus


The BHSc is a unique non-clinical programme of study that prepares graduates for a broad range of health-related careers. Enhance your future career options with a conjoint degree in arts, commerce, nursing, science, or law.

Programme overview

The BHSc provides a multidisciplinary understanding of health, healthcare and its services in New Zealand.

It focuses on population health, considering issues such as the socio-economic and behavioural factors affecting health and health provision.

It will provide an in depth understanding of the role governments play in determining health policy, how wealth systems function, and how the biological and social bases of ill-health exist in our communities.

Students in the first year of this programme are also able to apply for possible to our undergraduate clinical programmes in Medicine and Pharmacy.

The BHSc may also be taken as a conjoint degree, allowing you to enhance a degree in Arts, Commerce, Law, Nursing or Science with specialist health-based knowledge from our BHSc.


Population Health

Programme structure

This is a three year degree (360 points)

In your first year (Stage I) you will study a combination of core courses in population health and health systems (135 points)

You have a selection of elective courses you can choose from the Bachelor of Health Sciences Schedule (120 points)

For your second and third years (Stage II-III), you can either pursue a generic BHSc degree or choose from one of our career pathways that will allow you to focus on a particular subject.

Pathways are:

  • Health Promotion
  • Mental Health and Addictions
  • Population Health Nutrition
  • Health Systems
  • Health Information and Analysis

Where could this programme take you?

This degree can lead to careers in non-clinical fields in healthcare. BHSc graduates are sought after for roles in the public, private and charitable sectors. You may apply for possible into our faculty's Medicine, Nursing or Pharmacy programmes at the end of the first year. Alternatively, you could further your graduate study in public health, health sciences or health management. Taking a conjoint degree in Arts, Commerce, Nursing, Law or Science enhances your career options.

Entry criteria

Secondary school qualifications

You need to have one of the following:

  • International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum total score of 24.
  • General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level. You must have completed a minimum of three A-Level subjects.

GCE ‘A’ Level requirements apply to ‘A’ Level qualifications examined by bodies such as AQA, OCR, Edexcel, WJEC, CCEA and Pearson Education Limited taken outside of New Zealand.

Cambridge International Examinations (CIE). You must have completed a minimum of three A-level subjects.

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.0 and no bands below 5.5; Internet based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 80 and a written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 60 and a writing score of 21; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE), Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 169 and no bands below 162; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of C-; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 50 and no PTE Communicative score below 42; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 80.

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