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Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences - choose your own pathway

UC's Health Sciences qualifications give health professionals, non-clinical members of the health workforce and others interested in the health sector or health issues the opportunity to examine critically a range of significant issues in health sciences, and where relevant to improve their professional practice. Many graduates continue to work within their health profession while others work in health-related fields, the social services, or local or central government.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences, without any specialisation or endorsement, is an interdisciplinary programme; students complete advanced study in Health Sciences and other courses they can select from around the University’s other post-graduate offerings, choosing from courses in over twenty disciplines. Students follow a general programme, guided by their professional and inquiry-based interests, with approval by the Post-Graduate Coordinator.

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 start in either February (Semester 1) or July (Semester 2). 

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 to the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences. Please check course availability.


Semester 1

Semester 2

120 pts from the schedule

HLTH401 Health and Health Systems
(30 pts)

HLTH402 Health Information Management 
(30 pts)

HLTH430 Motivating Behaviour Change I
(30 pts)

HLTH403 *Environmental Health (30 pts)

HLTH463 Whanau and Community Health
(30 pts)

HLTH407 Bioethics
(30 pts)

HLTH460 Critical Appraisal in Health Research (30 pts)

HLTH409 Health and Culture
(30 pts)

  HLTH431 Motivating Behaviour Change 2 
(if previously taken HLTH430)
(30 pts)
HLTH433 Bioethics A
(15 pts) (Term 3)
HLTH434 Bioethics B
(15pts) Term 4)

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)
HLTH462 Health Intervention Research Methods
(15 pts) (two semester course)

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.

* Subject to CUAP approval due late 2016