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Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (PGDipHealSc) endorsed in Mental Health

Overview

A Postgraduate Diploma comprising 120 points designed for health professionals working in the field of mental health.

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Eligibility

Candidates for the PGDipHealSc (Mental Health) must

  1. be a graduate or possess an appropriate health professional qualification requiring at least three years' full-time tertiary study
  2. have experience of or be currently working in the relevant field of health care

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Structure of the PGDipHealSc (Mental Health)

For candidates studying through the University of Otago, Christchurch, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

i Approved papers from the following (90 points)
  • PSME 401 The Nature, Extent and Assessment of Mental Disorders (30 points)
  • PSME 404 Assessment of Addiction and Coexisting Disorders (30 points)
  • PSME 405 Contemporary Approaches to Mental Health Practice (30 points)
  • PSME 406 Special Topic: Research Methods (Mental Health) (30 points)
    Taught via on-campus blocks in Christchurch via the Department of Psychological Medicine
  • PSME 407 Forensic Psychiatry (30 points)
  • PSME 416 Applied Theory of Addiction and Coexisting Disorders (30 points)
  • PSME 418 Eating Disorders (30 points)
  • PSME 422 Treatment of Addiction and Coexisting Disorders (30 points)
  • PSME 424 Pharmacotherapy of Addiction and Coexisting Disorders (30 points)
  • PSME 427 Interpersonal Psychotherapy (60 points)
  • PSME 432 An Introduction to Perinatal Psychiatry (30 points)
  • PSME 433 An Introduction to Infant Mental Health (30 points)
  • PSME 439 Intellectual Disability: Theory into Practice (30 points)
  • NURS 403 Mental Health Nursing Practice (30 points)
  • NURS 404 Advanced Mental Health Nursing (30 points)
  • NURS 409 Mental Health Nursing Practicum (30 points)
ii One further approved paper (30 points)
Note: Students hoping to advance to the Master’s programme by thesis are advised to include a 30 point research methods paper in their Diploma programme.
Examples include:
  • PSME 406 Research Methods : Mental Health (30 points)
    Taught via on-campus blocks in Christchurch via the Department of Psychological Medicine
  • NURS 415 Nursing Research Methods (30 points)
  • PUBH 723 Survey Methods - taught on campus Christchurch (15 points) and
    PUBH 724 Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods - taught on campus Christchurch (15 points)
  • PHCY 506 Research Methods - distance taught via Dunedin School of Pharmacy (30 points)
  • HASC 417 Health Sciences Research Methods - distance taught via Wellington (30 points)

Contact

Judith Stone
Departmental/Postgraduate Administrator
Department of Psychological Medicine
University of Otago, Christchurch
PO Box 4345, Christchurch, New Zealand
Tel 64 3 372 6704
Email judith.stone@otago.ac.nz