Individual pathway - Bachelor of Health Science

Develop the skills for a wide range of health careers. Study an individual pathway in the Bachelor of Health Science and tailor the degree to your interests and career goals.

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.

By studying an individual pathway in the Bachelor of Health Science you'll be well-prepared for this wide range of health careers.


This is part of the Bachelor of Health Science.

Start date: 2020

You can choose to study the Bachelor of Health Science without choosing a major, following an individual pathway. This is a great way to tailor the degree to your interests and prepare yourself for a wide range of non-clinical careers.

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.

Year 1

Semester 1 papers

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

Semester 2 papers

You're introduced to the available pathways and minor options in Semester 2.

Years 2 and 3

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.

Compulsory papers include

*Or two level 7 papers

You also need to complete

  • Four additional health science papers
  • 10 elective papers of your interest

Papers need to be approved by your programme leader.

Include a minor in your degree

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.

Additional minors for bachelor’s degrees

Subject pathways

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).

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.

  • Education and research
  • Government departments and non-governmental organisations
  • Health administration and management
  • Health advocacy
  • Human resources
  • Information technology
  • Sales and marketing
  • Support work
Key features
  • Flexible - tailor your degree to your interests and career goal
  • Prepares you for a career in the healthcare sector, insurance and pharmaceutical industries, health education or support work
  • Offered at the North and South Campus
  • Part-time study options available
See yourself as
  • Supportive, caring and empathetic
  • Adaptable and patient
  • A good communicator
  • Interested in health
  • Well organised

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