Health Protection major: Bachelor of Science

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.

Bachelor of Science: degree outline


You will study core (compulsory) papers from across the degree in addition to optional elective papers.

Year 1 Core papers

775205 General and Organic Chemistry
555301 Knowledge, Enquiry and Communication (or 145612 Applied Communication)
555401 Health and Environment (or 555339 Māori Health)
775102 Biological Chemistry
775318 Form and Function of Plants and Animals
775317 Ecology and Evolution
775611 Biophysics
775617 Introduction to Epidemiology
775111 Microbiology
715184 Statistical Models
775112 Systematic Microbiology
775411 Food Science
Note: You are not required to complete all the above papers in your first year.

Year 2 Core papers

776113 Environmental Microbiology
776313 Environmental Law *
776317 Environmental Monitoring and Risk Assessment *
776318 Environmental Health *
776319 Communicable Diseases *
776412 Food Microbiology I
776616 Health Protection Techniques *

Year 3 Core papers

777315 GIS
777411 Food Microbiology II
777413 Food Industry Legislation
Plus either Research Project 777003 or two from the following level 7 (year 3) papers:
777811 Marine Ecology *
777316 Oceanography *
777314 Terrestrial Ecology II *
777311 Coastal Management *

* Each offered in alternate years
For more information on Summer School papers please contact:

Debra Spinetto
Programme Information Advisor
Telephone: +64 9  921 9735 +64 9  921 9735

Career opportunities

  • Communicable disease investigation
  • Environmental health enforcement
  • Food safety
  • Pollution control
  • Resource management

Graduates and students of science


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 three 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

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Last updated: 05-Mar-2015 4.17pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.