Graduate Diploma in health Studies

Programme details

Translation Tītohu Paetahi-Akoranga Hauora
Code WR3053
Level 7
Credits 120
Duration 1 year
IntakesSemester 1, Semester 2, November
Study options Full-time, Part-time
LocationRotorua (Mokoia)
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Information for international students

Tuition fee$19,950
IntakesFebruary, July, November
Minimum IELTS6.0 with no band less than 5.5
Duration (length of study)1 year
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Programme aim

Gain advanced knowledge of the health care sector, and the role of the health professional in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

This qualification provides opportunities for students to explore the context of the health experiences of the individual, whanau/family and communities. Students will have the opportunity to develop specialist knowledge on palliative care and health of the older adult, as well as selecting a study option. This qualification also aims to support advancing studies through research inquiry.

This qualification provides the student with a pathway to higher educational learning at a postgraduate level (Level 8). Graduates will be able to gain employment within a wide range of primary, secondary and tertiary health and disability sector services.

Career opportunities

Rehabilitation, palliative care, and disability support services; community based support care worker; hospice support care worker; community based needs assessor.

Award information

To achieve the award of the Graduate Diploma in Health Studies, students must pass a total of 120 credits, including:

  • 105 compulsory credits; and
  • 15 credits from the Options List.

Knowledge and skills you will gain

Graduates will be able to:

  • analyse government and governance structures that influence health outcomes for individuals and communities within Aotearoa/New Zealand;
  • examine research inquiry, critique research, explore evidenced-based research and its relevance to the healthcare setting;
  • plan and carry out a health research project;
  • critically explore palliative health care and the health of the older person from a holistic and multi-layered approach;
  • analyse concepts of the health professionals role, including reflexivity, kawa whakaruruhau/cultural safety, legislation, Te Tiriti o Waitangi/The Treaty of Waitangi and health ethics;
  • demonstrate knowledge of health outcomes from a social, political and economic perspective for individuals, whānau/family and the wider community;
  • articulate knowledge of primary health care, health promotion and health maintenance;
  • pursue an area of specialist interest within health inquiry, rehabilitation or exploring a Māori world view; and
  • work within a wide range of primary, secondary and tertiary health and disability sector services.

Entry criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations, and the following:

  • applicants are required to attend a meeting/interview with the Head of Department of Health and Sport (please apply to make an appointment to discuss further)
  • you must either hold:
    a Bachelor’s degree (in any field) OR
    a diploma in a health related field OR
    have equivalent industry experience.

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Compulsory courses

Course details
HLTH.6001 Ako Hauora 1 / Health Studies 1
The aim of this course is to enable students to explore the effects of socio-political and cultural determinants of health on individual, whānau/family, groups and communities. The students will explore the concepts of health promotion, health prevention and primary health in relation to the health needs of the individual, whānau/family,...
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 2
HLTH.7101 Tiakina Hauora / Professional Aspects of Health Care
In this course students will analyse the role of the health professional from an Aotearoa/New Zealand perspective with a specific focus on health ethics, legislation, reflexivity, kawa whakaruruhau/cultural safety and Te Tiriti o Waitangi/The Treaty of Waitangi.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 2
HLTH.7102 Evidence and Inquiry 1
Develop the capacity to critique current research, and debate the relevance of research to evidence-based practice.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1
HLTH.7103 Evidence and Inquiry 2
Through supervised independent study the students will investigate an area of interest in health. This will include a research based study proposal and a project.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 2
HLTH.7105 Hauora Pakeke / Health of the Older Adult
This course will explore the holistic health of the older adult from a physiological, socio-economic, political and cultural view. The students will explore the concept of positive aging, life expectancy and quality of life.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 2
HLTH.7106 Ako Hauora 2 / Health Studies 2
The students will examine governance structures, policy, legislation and fiscal influences on health care services in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Students will critique specific Ministry of Health strategies, guidelines and initiatives that impact on individual groups within society.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 2
HLTH.7107 Palliative Care
Students will investigate the concepts of quality of life and quality of dying, reflecting on legal, ethical, cultural, religious and personal viewpoints. The students will critically examine the holistic complexities of a life threatening illness on the individual, family/whanau, community and the health professional's role and responsibilities in response.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 2

Optional courses

(choose 15 credits)

Course details
GENR.5581 Information Skills
This course will provide students with an introduction to methods of collecting and using information, skills in utilising library resources, online/electronic database and computer software packages for research and essay writing, knowledge of proper referencing technique and developing logical arguments when answering research assignment.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1, Semester 2
HLTH.6002 Whakaoranga 1 / Rehabilitation 1
This course will provide students with the opportunity to understand the underpinning concepts and requirements of rehabilitation from an individual, family/whānau and community viewpoint. Students will investigate common threads and principles of rehabilitation from a multi-disciplinary perspective.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1
HLTH.7104 Whakaoranga 2 / Rehabilitation 2
This course will provide students with the opportunity to critically analyse rehabilitation models within a range of environments. The focus will be on holistic assessment, measurement and evaluation of health outcomes for rehabilitation.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 2
MAOR.5010 Te Puawai
The aim of this course is to introduce students to aspects of te ao Māori including te reo Māori, waiata, andMāori society. The course will also introduce the history of and contemporary issues related to the Treatyof Waitangi.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1, Semester 2

*Course cost: Standard fee for New Zealand residents only. Fees for non-New Zealand residents will vary, visit the International Programmes and Tuition Fees information page.

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