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Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health

Overview

Improve the nation’s health and your career prospects

Get a high-quality, comprehensive education in public health to boost your career while improving the health of New Zealanders.

  • Level

  • Postgraduate, NZQF Level 8
  • Distance learning

  • Available
  • Credits

  • 120
  • Duration

  • 1 year(s) full-time. Available part-time.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health will give you leading-edge expertise in many different subjects such as:

  • epidemiology and biostatistics
  • Māori and Pacific health
  • health systems and policy
  • environmental health
  • programme planning and evaluation
  • health inequities
  • health promotion
  • health research methods.

Transfer your learning to your workplace

This programme emphasises applied research and practical experience. You will be able to apply knowledge gained to projects that reflect your work and interests.

If you’re a health professional, policy maker, community worker or researcher, you will benefit from unique shared learning opportunities with others from diverse backgrounds in the health sector.

Get great work skills

You will understand the core functions of public health. This includes health promotion, disease prevention, disease surveillance and monitoring, health assessment and health protection.

You will also be able to identify and critically analyse public health problems and solutions from a range of perspectives.

You can study in a way that best suits your lifestyle – enrol in distance courses and study full or part time.

Follow your research passions

At Massey, we embrace high-quality research in exciting areas including:

  • community development
  • mental health and addiction
  • indigenous health promotion
  • healthy ageing
  • nutrition, sleep and physical activity
  • environmental health
  • reducing health inequities.

Careers and further study

Careers

There are many employment opportunities that public health training can give both in the health sector and wider government and community sectors. These include:

  • health promotion
  • health protection
  • policy advisors and analysts in the government sector
  • health sector analysts in district health boards, public health units, ngos, phos
  • programme coordinators and evaluators
  • upskilling for health professionals
  • health community workers
  • public health research and teaching.

Further study

Graduates of the PGDipPH can do further study for a Master of Public Health and progress to doctoral study.

Entry requirements

University admission

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Programme admission

Required

To enter the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health you will have been awarded or qualified for a relevant bachelor's degree or equivalent.

You must provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.

English language requirements

To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.

Prior learning, credit and exemptions

For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:

If you do not have the entry requirements

English language and foundation courses

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and programmes that may help.

Courses and planning

Credit summary

120 credits

From the Schedule to the Diploma including:

Compulsory courses

Elective courses

 

Attend contact workshops, block courses, field trips, studios, workshops, tutorials, laboratories and practical work as required.

See ‘Courses for this programme’ below for schedules of courses.

Courses for this programme

Compulsory courses

90 credits
231725 Foundations of Public Health Practice 15
231726 Health Systems and Policy 15
231728 Public Health Intervention Management 15
231729 Public Health Research and Evaluation 15
231730 Epidemiology and Biostatistics 1 15
231731 Epidemiology and Biostatistics 2 15
At least 30 credits from
147704 Drugs and Society 30
150701 Tino Rangatiratanga: Strategic Māori Development 30
150702 Pae Ora: Māori Health Advancement 30
150714 Ta Te Māori Rangahau Korero: Māori Research Methodologies 30
151716 Advanced Nutrition and Disease 15
151717 Selected Topics in Public Health Nutrition 15
178718 Health Economics 30
231704 Māori Health 30
231705 Pacific Health 30
231706 Occupational Health 30
231707 Environmental Health 30
231732 Physical Activity Promotion 15
231733 Big Public Health Issues 15
231734 Maternal and Child Health 15
231799 Research Report (30) 30
250702 Systems Thinking and Analysis 15
250703 Health Communication 15
251731 Advanced Occupational Safety and Health 30
251772 Advanced Occupational Hygiene 30
251773 Hazard Management 30
252701 Sleep and Circadian Science for Health Practitioners 30
252702 Sleep, Fatigue Risk Management and Occupational Safety and Health 30

Planning your programme

Planning overview

If you study full-time, you’ll take 120 credits per year or 60 credits per semester.

Maximum time limits for completion

There are maximum time limits to complete postgraduate qualifications.  If you do not complete within the maximum time, you may be required to re-apply for the programme if you wish to continue your studies.

Time limits for Honours, Distinction and Merit

Where your qualification is completed within the stated time limit and to a high standard, you may be able to graduate with a class of Honours, Distinction or Merit. 

Fees and scholarships

Fees and finance

Fees, student loans and free fees scheme

Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.

There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.

Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme

You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.

Current and returning Massey students will find their National Student Number on their student homepage.


A good fit if you:

  • are a professional wanting a solid grounding in public health
  • already work in public health and want to further your career
  • are looking for professional development.

Accreditations and rankings

ShanghaiRanking - public health

Massey University is ranked in the top 300 universities in the world and fourth in New Zealand in the subject area of public health by the ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.


Key information for students

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Regulations

Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.

Postgraduate regulations

General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates.

Regulations for this programme

Applying and enrolling

Applying for the programme

Check you are ready

If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.

Choose your programme and click on Apply now

You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.

Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.

Receive and accept an Admission Offer of Place

You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.

Enrolling in courses

You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.

When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:

  • prerequisites (courses you have to do before the one you are enrolling in)
  • corequisites (courses you have to do at the same time as the one you are enrolling in)
  • restrictions (courses that you cannot enrol in if you are completing or have completed another identified similar course)
  • location – for instance some distance-based courses still have an on-campus element, so double check that the way the course is taught is suitable for your situation.

Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.

More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.

You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.

We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!

If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.

What are courses and credits?

What are courses and credits?

Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).

You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.

Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.

There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.

  • See the ‘Courses for this programme’ section for the list of courses.
  • Courses search

Understanding course numbers

The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.

The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:

  • sub-degree courses are '0' (i.e. xxx.0xx)
  • undergraduate study begins at 100-level, (i.e. xxx.1xx)
  • as you progress through 200- and 300-level courses this number changes to 2 and 3 respectively. The higher the number that starts the second three digits, the higher the level of study.
1 6 2 . 3   0 1
Subject area   Level   Course ID number

Workload and time management

Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.

Estimate workload

Returning students

For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.

In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may be no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.

Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.

Find and apply for scholarships

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