Study Options

Online, Full-time, Part-time


18 months full-time


Level 9

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Investigate improving health outcomes for yourself and your community

Levi Armstrong (centre) has graduated with a Master of Health Science degree with Distinction from EIT. With him is his wife Dana Armstrong (right), who also graduated with a Master of Health Science with Distinction from EIT; and Associate Professor Rachel Forrest (left), who is Masterate Supervisor to both of them.

The Health Science Postgraduate Programmes at EIT offer a selection of courses designed to meet the needs of interdisciplinary health professionals, health service 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 learners from the Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma in Health Science.


The Master of Health Science is an 18 month full-time, 180 credit programme (part-time study options also available) which provides the opportunity for interdisciplinary health professionals and health service managers to advance their practice, knowledge and critical analysis skills in a flexible and engaging learning environment.

The Health Science interdisciplinary and inter-professional courses are all offered in a blended manner, with online learning supported by face-to-face workshops, tutorials or block courses.

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 issues to support the development of advanced practice or understanding. The programme provides you with the opportunity to investigate the improvement of health, reduction of health disparities and protection against global threats in both a national and 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, healthcare and prevention of disparities in a truly interdisciplinary sphere.

Your future career opportunities

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. Contact Associate Professor Anita Jagroop-Dearing, Programme Coordinator (Health Science) on 06 830 1535, or

Possible career outcomes include Allied Health Professional, Health Management, Health Promotion, Health Policy Analyst, Health Consultant and Research Assistant. These programmes have also been a pathway for Health Educators, Naturopathy, Dental Technicians, Health Scientists and Sport Scientists.


Domestic enrolments

There are two entry dates per year:

  • February
  • July


International enrolments

Hawke’s Bay campus:

  • February
  • July

Auckland campus and online:

  • February
  • April
  • July
  • October


Entry requirements

International entry requirements

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.

Find out more:

Hawke’s Bay Campus

Auckland Campus


EIT offers a variety of scholarships across various subjects and programme levels.  Some scholarships are based on your age, some are specific to the subject you want to study.  Not all scholarships are based on your academic ability and anyone wanting to study should investigate what scholarships are available to them.  

You can find a list of EIT scholarships here however there are many more scholarships offered nationally.  Information about these is on an database called “givME”. givME is accessible at EIT or at some public libraries. If you would like to come to EIT to look through the giveME database don’t hesitate to contact or call in for a chat.