Study health sciences with us and we'll help you develop the skills to meet the changing needs of global healthcare. AUT is New Zealand's largest and most diverse health education provider.
Our population is growing and we’re living longer, increasing the need for dedicated and inspirational healthcare graduates. AUT's health sciences degree is developed with input from district health boards and leading health organisations. You can specialise in a specific health discipline or become a health professional in a non-clinical role.
You learn from staff who are leaders in their field and have a genuine desire to see you succeed. This means you’ll be well prepared for your career in the health sector, no matter where you go.
Consider starting with our Certificate in Sport and Recreation, which includes foundation health papers and can prepare you for further study in health sciences.
Certificate in Sport and Recreation
You can also study the Bachelor of Health Science without choosing a major, a great way to tailor the degree to your interests and prepare yourself for a wide range of non-clinical careers.
Many careers in today’s health sector require skills from both health and other disciplines. These roles – which don’t always involve direct contact with patients – include health education, management, information and planning, and health advocacy.
If you study the Bachelor of Health Science without a major you’ll be well-prepared for this wide range of roles.
Add an additional major or a minor to your bachelor’s degree and study another area that interests you. You can choose from a wide range of additional majors or minors.
You can either select one of the majors in the Bachelor of Health Science (refer to the ‘Majors’ tab on the left), or complete the degree without choosing a major.
If you don’t select a major, you study the standard pathway in the Bachelor of Health Science and can choose from a wide range of papers, including papers from many other AUT degrees. This is a very flexible study option and a good way to tailor your studies to your interests and career goals.
As part of your degree you can include one or two minors from subjects across AUT, or develop skills in subjects like medical interpreting and translation, health administration or health advocacy.
You develop an in-depth understanding of general healthcare, learning alongside other health science students.
You're introduced to the available pathways and minor options in Semester 2.
The following years of study will depend on your interests and career goals. You can choose from papers from the Bachelor of Health Science and other AUT degrees.
*Or two level 7 papers
Papers need to be approved by your programme leader.
You can include one or two minors as part of your degree. You can choose from a range of minors across AUT - from education, business and health promotion, to history, New Zealand Sign Language and human resource management. Your minor(s) will be listed on your academic transcript when you graduate.
To help you market yourself to future employers, you can also include papers in the following subject pathways to help you structure your degree and create an area of strength for your future career. This is entirely optional. We recommend you choose at least four papers from your chosen subject(s).
There’s a growing need for health professionals to work with Māori. That’s why you can include Māori health papers as part of your study and develop the skills to work more effectively with Māori, an essential skill in the diverse health sector in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Through these papers you gain access to Māori networks and become comfortable working with whānau and Māori communities. We encourage all students to include at least one Māori health paper. You don’t need to know te reo to enrol in the Māori health papers.
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The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.