UniversityUniversity of Otago
This course is available
Level of Study
Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma
Next start date
Expected Jul 2023
In general, this qualification is intended for health professionals who have completed three years of tertiary study and already have experience in the field. The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (PGDipHealSc) may be taken either as a generic qualification or, more usually, with an endorsement in a specific area of specialisation. Please check the requirements of each endorsement carefully.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (PGDipHealSc) is a postgraduate diploma comprising papers to the value of 120 points (usually four 30 point papers).
Information for new applicants
The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (PGDipHealSc) is a postgraduate diploma comprising papers to the value of 120 points (usually four 30 point papers). It can be taken as a generic “unendorsed” option or as an endorsed" option from those listed below.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences is taught from three campuses (Dunedin, Christchurch and Wellington).
The Diploma may be credited towards the Master of Health Sciences, though admission to the Masters will depend upon performance.
Schedule of endorsed options
Endorsements marked with an asterisk are available through Distance Learning.
Each endorsement is based at a particular campus indicated below: D = Dunedin, C = Christchurch, W = Wellington.
Addiction and Co-existing Disorders * C
Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport * W
Bioethics * D
Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy W
Human Nutrition * D
Interpersonal Psychotherapy * C
Mental Health * C
Musculoskeletal Management * C
Nursing * C
Nursing (Primary Health Care) * C
Occupational Health * D
Obesity Prevention and Management * D
Pain and Pain Management * C
Rural Nursing * C"
Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences).
Every applicant shall
be a graduate or possess an appropriate health professional qualification requiring at least three years' full-time tertiary study;
if enrolling for an endorsed diploma, have experience of or be currently working in the relevant field of health care;
present evidence of ability for advanced level academic study.
English language requirements