Interested in protecting people and communities from pollution, unsafe food, infectious diseases and poor living conditions? Study the Health Protection major in the Bachelor of Science.
Health protection is a growing industry and health protection and environmental health officers are in high demand throughout New Zealand – our students often secure employment before they graduate. This major is a great stepping stone to a career as an environmental health officer or health protection officer.
The Health Protection major explores environmental health, pollution control, food safety, environmental and public health law, risk assessment, toxicology and communicable disease control. You’ll be equipped to keep people safe in their homes, offices and natural environment.
This is part of the Bachelor of Science.
CHEM501 Principles of Chemistry
HEAL506 Knowledge, Enquiry and Communication
HEAL507 Health and Environment
BIOL502 Plants and Animals
BIOL501 Biological Sampling and Interpretation
MICR601 Environmental Microbiology
ENVS602 Environmental Risk Assessment
ENVS603 Environmental Health
MICR603 Communicable Diseases
FOOD602 Food Microbiology
ENVS621 Geographic Information Systems
Plus 2 elective papers.
In your final year you can enrol in the Research Project paper (30 points) if you have at least a B grade average in 60 points at level 6. This may involve working on an industry-related project related to your major.
SCIE701 Research Project
*After gaining experience there is the opportunity to work in biosecurity or the Ministry for Primary Industries
Find out more about industry trends, job descriptions and what employers may be looking for.
You can combine this major with other majors like Environmental Sciences, Food Science, Food Safety or Microbiology, and complete your Bachelor of Science within three years without doing more than the standard eight papers (120 points) per year.
The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.