Health Administration Major - Bachelor of Health Science

Want a career in the business administration side of the health sector? Study the Health Administration major in the AUT Bachelor of Health Science degree.

Health administration is becoming increasingly important. There are more and more Primary Health Organisations (PHOs) offering one-stop-shop services. But these complex health service providers need skilled people looking after the administration and management side.

One patient can have multiple healthcare requirements, and as a health administration graduate you ensure all their needs are met. You work with patients and their family/whānau in planning, decision-making and administrative roles.


This is part of the Bachelor of Health Science.

Start date: 2018

Start date: 2019

You develop the skills to work within health administration at national, local and inter-professional levels. These include foundation knowledge of human health and the health sector, as well as communication, teamwork, advocacy, problem-solving and interpersonal skills.

Year 1

Semester 1 papers

You develop an in-depth understanding of general healthcare, learning alongside other health science students.

Semester 2 papers

Plus two elective papers. Elective papers need to be approved by your programme leader.

Year 2

This year the focus is on developing practical skills while deepening your understanding of health administration. You further your understanding of health and wellness, and the needs of clients.

Papers you study

Plus one elective paper. Elective papers need to be approved by your programme leader.

Year 3

The final year prepares you to make the transition to working within the wider sector.

Papers you study

Plus one elective paper. Elective papers need to be approved by your programme leader.

Te ara hauora Māori health papers

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.

District health boards and other Crown agencies, along with private healthcare providers, including:

  • Clinical service manager or planner
  • Medical records administrator
  • Independent health advocate
  • Independent health navigator
Key features
  • Focuses on the business administration side of health
  • The only bachelor’s degree in health administration by a New Zealand university
  • Includes 150 hours of workplace experience in the health sector
  • Offered at the South Campus
  • Part-time study options available
See yourself as
  • Passionate about the business of health
  • Confident working with a diverse range of people
  • A decision-maker and problem-solver
  • Good at managing people

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