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Master of Health Sciences Professional Practice (Environment and Health)

Environment and Health scene Our environment, ranging from air and water pollution, to poor housing and abusive or high-risk social environments, through changing climates, impact our health and well-being. This is a major concern in Health and health care, and is reflected as well in New Zealand’s Health and Disability Strategy.  Beyond the more traditional roles of health practitioners and public health specialists, a broad range of career opportunities now exist for those with advanced training at the interface between the environmental and health disciplines. An increasing number of positions and opportunities are now available in industry, local government, community agencies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and a range of government ministries and services. We have designed the Environment and Health endorsement to meet this need. In this endorsement, we will educate students in environmental health from an evidence-base, so that they can find employment or provide leadership in Environmental Health within NZ and internationally. 

In addition to the courses required for the endorsement at the PGDip level, the Masters of Professional Practice (Environment and Health) incudes HLTH463 Whanau and Community Health and HLTH464 Research Approaches for Health which gives you additional depth for your practice.

If you are a current health practitioner in New Zealand you may be entitled to Health Workforce NZ Funding. Please contact your local DHB for application details.

You can only start in February (Semester 1) if you are full-time. Part-time students please check with a student advisor before enrolling. This degree normally takes 3 semesters full time or 6 semesters part time. 

For specific information about courses, when you get to the general course page, please click on the red link for the course occurrence.

The table below is a suggested pathway for this programme. Please note there are further optional courses available from Schedule C: All courses for the Degree of Master of Health Sciences Professional Practice. Please check course availability.


Semester 1, Year 1

Semester 2, Year 1

Semester 1, Year 2

Required courses
120 pts

HLTH460 Critical Appraisal in Health Research
(30 pts)

HLTH403 Environmental Health
(30 pts)

HLTH463 Whanau and Community Health
(30 pts)


HLTH464 Research Approaches for Health
(30 pts)

60 pts from the schedule or GEOG401 or other approved courses
(One per semester)

GEOG401 Well-Being, Community and Place
(30 pts)

HLTH402 Health Information Management 
(30 pts)

HLTH401 Health and Health Systems
(30 pts)

HLTH407 Bioethics
(30 pts)


HLTH430 Motivating Behaviour Change I
(30 pts)

HLTH409 Health and Culture
(30 pts)



HLTH467 Mental Health and Addictions
(30 pts)



HLTH468 Acute and Long Term Health Care
(30 pts)


HLTH469 Health Issues in the Community
(30 pts)

  HLTH472 Quantitative Methods in Health Research (Introductions to Psychometric Theory and Administration)
(15 pts)
  HLTH408 (C) Qualitative Health Methodologies (Special Topic: Independent Study)
(15 pts)

Part-time students would usually complete one or two courses per semester to total 30 points.

Full-time students would usually complete two to four courses per semester to total 60 points.

Please refer to individual course webpages for further details regarding course dates, workshops and other attendance requirements.