Course details

Master of Health Science
NZQF Level 8

About the course

Investigate improving health outcomes for yourself and your community

The Health Science Postgraduate Programmes at EIT offer a selection of courses designed to meet the needs of health practitioners, health managers and other allied healthcare professionals whose practice has a focus on health. The Master of Health Science is the programme which completes the journey for many of our students from the Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma in Health Science.


The Master of Health Science is a 180 credit programme (one and a half years full-time) which provides the opportunity for health practitioners and managers to advance and expand their knowledge and expertise within an interdisciplinary learning environment.

The Health Science interdisciplinary and inter-professional courses are all offered in a blended manner, with online learning supported by block courses on-campus.

The flexible delivery of this programme allows you to study at your pace, in your place, from locations throughout New Zealand.

Courses are designed around knowledge and research relating to key threads of health disparities and the global health needs of populations. The programme provides you with the opportunity to investigate the worldwide improvement of health, reduction of health disparities and protection against global threats from an international context.

The multidisciplinary and inter-professional context of health science involves everyone sharing discussions from their own experiences, enabling all practitioners to advance their knowledge of health treatment, care and prevention of disparities in a truly interdisciplinary sphere.

Career Opportunities and Outcomes

Multiple study pathways are available in discussion with your Programme Coordinator, however the most common pathways are:

  • Complete three courses at Level 8 (90 credits) and the Level 9 (90 credits) Thesis course, OR
  • Complete four courses at Level 8 (120 credits) and 60 credits at Level 9, including a choice from a range of research courses, namely Independent Scholarly Project (30 credit), Applied Research Report (45 credit), or Applied Research Dissertation (60 credit).

You will be expected to talk to the Programme Coordinator to confirm your study pathway.

Possible career outcomes include: Allied Health Professional, Health Management, Health Promotion and Research Assistant.

These programmes have also been a pathway for: Health Educators, Naturopaths, Dental Technicians and Sport Scientists.

Academic Learning Services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT. Our aim is for you to become confident, competent and independent learners.

We have dedicated advisors who can assist with your learning.

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Hawke’s Bay Campus

About the provider

The Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) offers you over 160 qualifications from certificate and diploma, to degree and postgraduate level at campuses in Hawke's Bay, Tairāwhiti (Gisborne) and Auckland. Or learn at one of our Regional Learning Centres situated in Hastings, Maraenui, Ruatoria, Waipukurau and Wairoa. EIT Hawke's Bay is one of New Zealand's most attractive campuses with superb architecture and shaded outdoor areas for study on warm days. EIT Tairāwhiti two campuses are located in the heart of Gisborne, near the Taruheru River, and you can get more central than EIT Auckland location on Queen Street! When you choose to study at EIT you'll get the kind of experiences that will help you gain the knowledge and skills to get ahead, whether you want to break into your chosen career or change direction in life.