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Bachelor of Science in Health Protection Major

Key information

Level of study:
Bachelor's Degree
Tuition fees:
3 years
Start date: 18-July-2022
Auckland University of Technology
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Studying a Bachelor of Science is guaranteed to quench your thirst for knowledge about the world, and will be the start of a lifelong career in science.

Study with us and you have access to some of the best lecturers in New Zealand and state-of-the-art equipment. You’ll have lots of opportunities to apply your knowledge in the lab or on field trips. Our strong links with the scientific community extend right across the world – making it easy for you to transition from university to your career.

Interested in protecting people and communities from pollution, unsafe food, infectious diseases and poor living conditions? Study the Health Protection major in the Bachelor of Science.

Health protection is a growing industry and health protection and environmental health officers are in high demand throughout New Zealand – our students often secure employment before they graduate. This major is a great stepping stone to a career as an environmental health officer or health protection officer.

The Health Protection major explores environmental health, pollution control, food safety, environmental and public health law, risk assessment, toxicology and communicable disease control. You’ll be equipped to keep people safe in their homes, offices and natural environment.
Key features:

  • Skills to keep people safe in their daily lives
  • Graduates are in high demand by employers
  • Opportunity to complete a research project and industry placement

Career opportunities:

  • Inspecting food premises, tattooists, hairdressers, beauty salons or camping grounds
  • Noise control and environmental noise
  • Air quality, drinking water quality and beach water quality
  • Communicable disease investigation
  • Vector control
  • Investigating public health nuisances
  • Biosecurity (After gaining experience there is the opportunity to work in biosecurity or the Ministry for Primary Industries)
  • Ministry for Primary Industries (After gaining experience there is the opportunity to work in biosecurity or the Ministry for Primary Industries)

Entry criteria

All applicants need to meet AUT’s minimum entry requirements qualification equivalent to New Zealand year 13 or University Entrance.

Useful New Zealand school subjects: Science subjects

English Language requirements:

IELTS (Academic) 6.0 overall with all bands 5.5 or higher; or equivalent; TOEFL iBT score of 80; Certificate in English for Academic Study (CertEAS) with B/B+ grade; GIE with B grade; CAE minimum overall score of 169; PTE minimum overall score of 50.


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