Graduate Diploma in Infection Risk Management (Level 7)

Programme details

Translation Te Pōkairua Taura Arai Whakapokenga
Code TO0025
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, May, July, November
Minimum IELTS6.0 with no band less than 5.5
Duration (length of study)1 year
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Programme aim

This graduate diploma enables students to develop the skills and knowledge to coordinate, develop, implement and monitor infection risk management programmes within health-related organisations and environments.

Career opportunities

Public health or health monitoring, Infection prevention and control clinics, Education, Science or environmental analysis, Food production, Auditing, Communicable diseases, Local government

Award information

Included qualifications

Graduate Certificate in Infection Risk Management

To achieve the award of the Graduate Diploma in Infection Risk Management (Level 7) students must pass a total of 120 credits.

Knowledge and skills you will gain

Graduates will be able to:

  • evaluate leadership issues pertaining to the implementation and coordination of infection risk management utilising evidence-based and best practice research;
  • identify the criteria required for the development, coordination and implementation of effective infection risk management monitoring and quality assurance strategies;
  • analyse the principles of developing and implementing culturally appropriate infection prevention and control practices and procedures, including the implications of the Treaty of Waitangi for health-related organisations and environments;
  • identify the chain of infection and its physiological basis;
  • critically analyse the principles of epidemiology and epidemiological research;
  • analyse best practice strategies for managing and containing infectious diseases to improve population health; and 
  • critically analyse the requirements within health related organisations and environments with relation to preventing and managing risk of infection.

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

  • HLTH.7001 Microbiology for Infection Risk Management (30 credits)
  • HLTH.7002 Epidemiology (15 credits)
  • HLTH.7003 Fundamentals of Infection Risk Management (15 credits)
  • HLTH.7004 Leadership of Infection Risk Management (30 credits)
  • HLTH.7005 Infection Risk Management in Practice (15 credits)
  • HLTH.7006 Applied Research for Infection Risk Management (15 credits)

Page last updated: 26 Sep 2017