Health Protection major: Bachelor of Science
Student Profile – Sarah Lawton
Sarah Lawton is part of a team tasked with protecting the health of the public. Working as an environmental health officer for the Auckland Council, it’s the variety Sarah enjoys the most. Read more of Sarah’s story.
Health protection is an exciting and growing area in New Zealand. With this major you will gain the skills and knowledge required in this profession.Are you interested in protecting people and communities from environmental hazards such as pollution, unsafe food, infectious diseases and poor living conditions? Health protection is a growing industry and health protection and environmental health officers are in high demand throughout New Zealand – our students generally secure employment before they graduate. Through this major you will learn about environmental health, pollution control, food safety, environmental and public health law, risk assessment, toxicology and communicable disease control.
Below is a summary only. For a comprehensive overview of this qualification, please refer to the academic calendar.
You will study the following compulsory papers:
775205 General Chemistry
555301 Knowledge, Enquiry and Communication
555401 Health and Environment
775318 Plants and Animals
BIOL501 Biological Sampling and Interpretation
Plus at least one paper from:
Year 2 and 3
776113 Environmental Microbiology
776317 Environmental Risk Assessment
776318 Environmental Health
776319 Communicable Diseases
776412 Food Microbiology
ENVS621 Geographic Information Systems
Plus 2 electives
Other majors or pathways, such as Environmental Sciences, Food Science, Food Safety, or Microbiology can be completed along with Health Protection within 3 years without doing more than the standard 8 papers (120 points) per year.
For more information please contact:
Programme Information Advisor
Telephone: +64 9 921 9735
- Communicable disease investigation
- Environmental health enforcement
- Food safety
- Pollution control
- Resource management
The School of Applied Sciences offers competitive fee-only scholarships for the first year of the Bachelor of Science (one for every major). Some of these scholarships are for the full 3 years and are co-funded by external institutions, such as the Department of Conservation. For more information visit the scholarships website.
Other majors and pathways in the Bachelor of Science
- Applied Conservation
- Applied Mathematics
- Biomedical Science
- Computer Science
- Environmental Sciences
- Food Safety
- Food Science
- Geospatial Science
- Marine Biology
Other courses you may be interested in
Last updated: 02-Jul-2015 3.09pm
The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.