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Exercise and Health



Exercise and health provides a rewarding and satisfying career helping others to develop their health and wellbeing. You will extend your own understanding of the challenges people in the community face, maintaining or improving their health and wellbeing.

Depending on the undergraduate qualifications and experience of the student, careers for exercise and health scientists can be in public health, private and corporate consulting or clinical/therapeutic practice.

Academic Leader for Exercise and Health – Richard Humphrey



What is exercise and health?

Exercise and health is understanding how physical and mental health and wellbeing can be improved using exercise programmes.

Our programmes cover:

  • Introductory and advanced exercise and health concepts and practices
  • An industry research project
  • Professional development
  • Special topics, such as nutrition, and mental health for general and special populations.

Skills you’ll develop

  • Analytical skills
  • Use of evidence-based literature to inform practice
  • Identifying the exercise needs of people with a variety of conditions
  • Designing and delivering therapeutic exercise interventions to support health improvements
  • Interpersonal skills

Internship partners

  • APM (workplace health, injury, rehabilitation and employment services)

Career outcomes

  • Work in public health programmes, such as Green Prescription.
  • Work with corporate clients to provide health and wellbeing programmes for staff.
  • Develop professional practice sustainability programmes.

Graduates with a Master of Applied Science focused on Exercise and Health may be eligible for accreditation with the New Zealand Register of Clinical Exercise Physiologists.

Explore our postgraduate programmes.