The College of Health, Te Kura Hauora Tangata, connects people across collaborative units with outstanding expertise and programmes in nursing, human nutrition and dietetics, physiology, public health, sport and exercise, social work, environmental and occupational health, and disability and rehabilitation.

We partner with New Zealand and international stakeholders to lead the improvement of health and wellbeing, and promote equity and social justice.

Study programmes

The College of Health offers an exciting, innovative environment for your studies. With a Massey qualification in health, you'll be in demand and enjoy a satisfying career improving people’s lives. Demand for healthcare workers is rising across the world and New Zealand isn’t producing enough graduates – 42% of our health workforce was trained overseas. Join our students and get ready to address and help solve the health issues of the 21st century.

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Study health

Research expertise

College of Health staff focus on a wide array of interrelated health research themes. At the highly individual biomolecular level, we investigate how specific foods or nutrients improve the way energy is used in every cell of our body. At the other extreme, we are looking at the factors that affect community health and how social structures support our health.

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Health research


Pro Vice-Chancellor

Professor Jill McCutcheon

Jill joined the College of Health in 2015 and has over 25 years experience in academic administration and leading transformation in learning and teaching. Her research portfolio focuses on pathophysiological aspects of exercise and the impact of environmental conditions.

Head of School of Health Sciences

Associate Professor Rachel Page

Rachel has over 25 years of experience in leadership, learning and teaching and research. Her current research focuses on preventing and improving health outcomes especially in areas of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Rachel has extensive experience in supervision of postgraduate students and loves making science relevant and accessible to students at all levels of academia.

Head of School of Nursing

Professor Nicolette Sheridan

Nicolette is one of New Zealand’s most highly-regarded nurse academics. She is a registered nurse with a PhD in Public Health and qualifications in occupational health and education. She has led international studies and currently leads a five-university study investigating the effectiveness of primary care delivery to New Zealanders (Health Research Council). She has tribal affiliations to Ngāpuhi.

Head of School of Social Work

Associate Professor Kieran O'Donoghue

In 2015, Kieran was awarded the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers Quality and Innovation Trophy for Excellence in Research and Certificate for Research Excellence. He has published nationally and internationally in the areas of social work theory and practice, social work supervision and in relation to the social work profession.

Head of School of Sport, Exercise and Nutrition

Associate Professor Andrew Foskett

Andrew holds various governance roles within sport and exercise, and high performance, including Special Advisor to the board of Sport and Exercise Science New Zealand (SESNZ) and, member of NZ Football’s High Performance and Player Welfare committee. As a keen practitioner, he has worked with multiple high performance athletes across a diverse range of sports and has participated in the numerous international tournaments as an applied sport scientist.

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Careers at Massey

Awards and recognition

Strategic vision


In line with the philosophy of Hauora, our strategic approach to learning, teaching and research is to view optimal health and wellbeing as the outcome of multiple factors encompassing individual differences, diversity, social determinants and environmental interactions.

It is important to us to be recognised nationally and internationally for the quality and integrity of our research, the capability of our graduates and our service to others. We develop and promulgate solutions for large and complex problems that affect the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and whänau with the aim of building a brighter world.


The College of Health makes a difference in the areas of:

  • accessible health education
  • applied social research
  • health system strengthening including workforce development
  • public health and health policy
  • applied inter-disciplinary practice
  • sleep, sport and exercise, and nutrition
  • understand the environmental, biological and social mechanisms of health and disease.


  1. Be a Treaty of Waitangi led College of Health – Te Kura Hauora Tangata.
  2. Value, recognise and reward professional and academic staff, and promote staff development and wellbeing.
  3. Be the preferred partner for education and research in our areas of expertise.
  4. Align and optimise organisational processes to achieve best practice.
  5. Generate new revenue and increase efficiency so we can invest in our strengths.

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The College of Health is a collaboration of four interconnected schools. Find out more about their locations, research expertise and staff.

Research centres

Find out more about our University research centres, their staff and research.

    Centre for Public Health Research

    The Centre for Public Health Research covers all aspects of public health, including non-communicable diseases (respiratory disease, cancer, diabetes), occupational health, environmental health, socio-economic determinants of health, Māori health and Pacific health research.

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    Research Centre for Māori Health and Development | Te Pūmanawa Hauora

    The Research Centre for Māori Health and Development focuses on public health research from a Māori development perspective.

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    SHORE and Whāriki Research Centre

    The SHORE and Whāriki Research Centre is funded through external research grants and contracts to undertake public-good research of relevance to the health and social sectors. The centre consists of two multidisciplinary research groups working in a Treaty of Waitangi partnership model to produce excellent research with the aim of improving health and wellbeing in Aotearoa, New Zealand and globally.

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    Sleep/Wake Research Centre

    The Sleep/Wake Research Centre is New Zealand’s first laboratory dedicated to research and education in circadian physiology, sleep science, and their applications. We are motivated to find science-based solutions to the challenges created by the restricted sleep and circadian disruption that are endemic in our 24/7 society.

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    Accreditation and rankings

    Scholarships and awards

    Massey University offers a range of awards, grants and scholarships to assist students with fees and living expenses, and to support academic and research excellence.

    Doctoral project funding opportunities

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