Standard pathway - Bachelor of Health Science

Develop the skills for non-clinical roles in the health and disability sector. The standard pathway in the Bachelor of Health Science covers several subjects within one degree, and can prepare you for a wide range of health careers.

An increasingly diverse population with changing health needs requires an equally diverse, adaptable health workforce. Many careers in today’s health sector require a broad range of skills and knowledge. These roles – which don’t always involve direct contact with patients – include leadership and management, information and planning, education, advocacy and promotion.


This is part of the Bachelor of Health Science.

Start date: 2018

Start date: 2019

Many combinations of skills are useful for non-clinical roles in the health sector, so you can also include papers from business, communication, computing, education, translation or social sciences.

If you want 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.

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 in Semester 2.

Years 2 and 3

The following years of study will depend on your choice of study pathway. You can choose from papers from the Bachelor of Health Science and other AUT degrees. Papers need to be approved by your programme leader.

Compulsory papers include

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

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