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Graduate Diploma in Health and Rehabilitation Studies

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On-Campus, Online

Level of Study

Graduate Certificate or Diploma

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Are you a health professional, have experience in the health industry, or looking to change careers? Do you want to extend your knowledge of the health care sector in Aotearoa/New Zealand?

This graduate diploma will help open up new opportunities for employment in a wide range of health industries, or pave the way for higher level study.

You'll be able to increase your understanding of the New Zealand health care system as you examine health from an individual, whanau/family, and community perspective.

Study options: 1 year full-time, including holidays (if applicable); Study face-to-face on campus at set times plus online learning; Part-time study available

During the course you explore the scope of New Zealand health ethics, legislation, cultural safety and the significance of Te Tiriti o Waitangi/The Treaty of Waitangi. You develop specialist knowledge in the health context of New Zealand, public health, Maori health models, health of older adults, palliative care, and rehabilitation. You learn to analyse and critique current research and recognise how evidence-based practice is informed by research.

This qualification does not lead to New Zealand nurse registration. It can, however, lead students on to postgraduate study or employment within a wide range of primary, secondary and tertiary health and disability sector services.

Upon successfully completing the requirements you'll receive the award of:

Graduate Diploma in Health and Rehabilitation Studies


Employment in health roles such as:

  • rehabilitation
  • hospice
  • palliative and disability support care worker
  • co-ordinator or community based needs assessor


  • Academic and Information Skills for Health
  • Population Health
  • Health of the Older Adult
  • Professional Practice in Aotearoa/New Zealand Health Care
  • Palliative and Continuing Care
  • Health Systems and Structures
  • Applied Research in Health
  • Rehabilitation


  • Master of Management
  • Master of Applied Professional Studies (Infection Prevention and Control)

Courses Currently Under Development at Toi Ohomai, or Offered at Other Institutions

  • further postgraduate studies at Level 8 and above.

Entry criteria

  • An undergraduate degree, OR
  • a Level 6 diploma in a cognate subject, OR
  • be able to demonstrate equivalent practical, professional or educational experience. This must be evidenced through the submission of a CV detailing relevant work experience and professional achievements.

English Language requirements:

IELTS Academic score of 6.0 with no band score lower than 5.5; TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) score of 60 (with a writing score of 18); TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) score of 550 (with an essay score of 5.0 TWE); Cambridge English Qualifications: B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill; OET: Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests; PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42.

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