Bachelor of Health Science - standard pathway

The Bachelor of Health Science (BHSc) standard pathway provides you with an in-depth understanding of general healthcare and the flexibility to study health papers of your choice. This degree doesn't have a practice major or clinical component - if you wish to specialise in one of our health disciplines (eg, podiatry, nursing, physiotherapy etc), you must apply for these directly as the Bachelor of Health Science standard pathway does not lead to these qualifications.

An increasingly diverse population with changing health needs requires an equally diverse, dedicated and adaptable health workforce. If you want a career in health but are unsure what you’d like to specialise in, the Bachelor of Health Science with no practice major (standard pathway) provides you with interdisciplinary and interprofessional skills for a wide range of nonclinical roles in the health and disability sector. These roles, which do not always involve direct contact with patients, include leadership and management, information and planning, education, advocacy and promotion.

Many combinations of skills and knowledge are required for these roles, which is why this health degree enables you to include papers from a number of disciplines across AUT, such as business, information technology, communication, education, social sciences and many more.

Bachelor of Health Science: degree outline


Below is a summary only. For a comprehensive overview of the qualification, please refer to the Academic Calendar

Year 1

You will study core or compulsory papers from across the degree.

Core papers

HEAL504 Lifespan Development and Communication
HEAL505 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
HEAL506 Knowledge, Enquiry and Communication
HEAL507 Health and Environment OR MAOH501 Māori Health, Development and Environment

You are introduced to the available pathways in Semester 2.

Years 2 and 3

The following years of study will depend on your choice of study pathway. (Papers need to be approved by the BHSc programme leader)

Te ara hauora Māori papers

Students who wish to seek careers with a Māori development perspective should select the following 4 papers as electives or as an alternative course of study;
MAOH501 Māori Health, Development and Environment
MAOH701 Māori Health Promotion
MAOH702 Applied Primary Māori Mental Health
HEAL710 Utilising Supervision in Practice

We will support te ara hauora Māori students to form relationships with Māori health providers, industry stakeholders and communities, and AUT Māori staff and students.

Career opportunities

Graduates can choose to work in a growing number of non-clinical health roles within the health care sector, insurance and pharmaceutical industries or in private companies contracted to work with a health organisation.

  • Education and research
  • Health administration and management
  • Health advocacy
  • Human resources
  • Information technology
  • Sales and marketing
  • Support work

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Last updated: 25-May-2017 2.58pm

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