Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

Bachelor of Health Sciences

360 points

Applications for Semester 1 for the Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc) programme close 08 December of the preceding year.
Applications for Semester 2 close on 04 July.

Duration: Three years (six semesters)

The Bachelor of Health Sciences degree prepares graduates for a broad range of health-related careers. Drawing together the Faculties of Medical and Health Sciences, Law, Arts, Commerce and Science, the BHSc degree provides a multidisciplinary understanding of health, healthcare and health services in New Zealand.

The BHSc is a non-clinical programme of study that provides students with an understanding of the biological, social and behavioural bases of the western medical system as preparation for a career in the health sector and related industries. The programme focuses upon the health of populations, considering issues such as the socio-economic and behavioural factors affecting health and health provision, the role governments play in determining health policy, how health systems function, and the biological and social bases of ill-health in our communities. Topics in health and society, epidemiology, behaviour and health, health systems, healthcare ethics, Māori and Pacific health and human biology support these subject areas.

The BHSc may also be taken as a conjoint degree (where two degrees are taken concurrently), allowing students to enhance professional qualifications or general degrees with specialist health-based knowledge.

For students who want to have training in a specific discipline with a focus on health, the ideal choice is a Conjoint degree.

The BHSc provides one means of entry into the faculty's undergraduate medical programme. At the end of the first year, students who have taken the prescribed course of study and have obtained a minimum GPA of 6.0 (B+ average) in their courses will then be eligible for consideration for entry into second year medicine. More information about entry into the medical programme can be found here.

NOTE: Students intending to apply for the medical programme must commence the BHSc on a fulltime basis in Semester 1. Students who commence the BHSc in Semester 2 will not be eligible to apply directly to the undergraduate medical programme at the end of their first year.


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