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Postgraduate Diploma in Digital Health (PGDipDigHeal)

This course is available


Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2024


University of Otago


The Postgraduate Diploma in Digital Health (PGDipDigHeal), offered by the Department of Information Science in partnership with the Otago Medical School, is designed for people working or planning to work in health sector management and leadership roles. Delivered online, the course will suit full-time students who are seeking a qualification in this area but who cannot physically be in Dunedin. Similarly, it will meet the needs of professionals who wish to upskill part-time or full-time, who may not be able to take leave from current employment, or those who are caring for dependents. Graduates of the PGDipDigHeal will have gained an understanding of the concepts and practical skills required to evaluate, select and implement health information systems and digital health products and services.

The DIGH 701 and DIGH 703 papers are foundational, introducing the fundamentals of digital health, including the underlying technologies, the place and future of digital tech in the healthcare system, the managerial, social and ethical implications of the use of technology in healthcare, and the selection and application of digital health solutions for/by consumers, groups and populations. The other papers complement these fundamentals by covering in detail issues of ethical and regulatory compliance as they apply to the use of digital health, as well as its governance in a range of organisational settings (from general practices through to larger-scale entities (e.g., hospitals and health boards)), and by a paper on research methods relevant to digital health. More specialist offerings will be available to cater to the particular capabilities and interests of groups of students – covering, for instance, the use of data science and data analytics in evidence-based healthcare, or the application of advanced interaction technologies (e.g., augmented reality) to telemedicine and in rehabilitation.

Structure of the Programme

i. The programme of study shall consist of DIGH 701 and DIGH 703 and approved papers to the value of 60 points as specified in the schedule for the Diploma.

ii. A candidate who has passed the requirements for the Postgraduate Certificate in Digital Health shall be exempted from those papers in the programme for the Diploma which have previously been passed for the certificate.

Entry criteria

Every applicant shall either: i. be a graduate in a relevant field, or

ii. hold a relevant professional qualification requiring at least three years of full-time tertiary level study.

Every applicant shall present evidence of ability for advanced-level academic study.

English language requirements

  • IELTS Academic - Score of 6.5 in the academic module (with no individual band below 6.0). IELTS Online is also accepted.
  • Internet-based TOEFL - Score of 90 with a minimum writing score of 21
  • Paper-based TOEFL - score of 587 (TWE 4.5)
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) & Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - Minimum of 176
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic - Overall score of 58 with no communicative skills score below 50.
  • LanguageCert - International ESOL: C1 Expert (LRWS) with a high pass overall and no less than a pass in each skill OR C2 Mastery (LRWS) with a pass overall and no less than a pass in each skill
  • NZCEL - NZCEL 5 Academic endorsement
  • University of Otago Language Centre ‘English for Otago’, English for Postgraduate Academic Purposes (EPAP) - Grade C or higher
  • University of Auckland English Language Academy (ELA) pathway programmes - Successful completion of the English Pathway for Postgraduate Studies (EPPS) with a B Grade
  • University of Auckland Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP) - Successful completion of the certificate with a B Grade
  • English NZ's Accredited Pathway Assessment - English NZ’s Accredited Pathway Assessment Level 3 (with no skill lower than Level 2).

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