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Certificate in Health Promotion (CertHProm)



The Certificate in Health Promotion (CertHProm) is a four-paper programme designed to develop practical knowledge and up-to-date skills in health promotion to enable students to work in New Zealand to improve the health outcomes of New Zealanders.

It is directed towards people currently working in the New Zealand health services who wish to learn practical health promotion methods and strategies, and those resident in New Zealand who wish to work in that area in the future.

The Certificate involves a practical study of the five health promotion strategies of the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion: healthy public policy, supportive environments, community action, personal skills and reorienting the health sector. The importance of the Treaty of Waitangi to effective health promotion in New Zealand is emphasised. Historical factors and underlying values will be reviewed. The focus is on health promotion at national, regional, and community levels.

The Certificate in Health Promotion (CertHProm) is only available through Distance Learning combined with an annual 3 day block noho (compulsory) held in Wellington.

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Contact Details

Kerry Hurley
Department of Public Health
University of Otago, Wellington
Tel 04 385 5541 extn 4807

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Subject Area

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Programme Requirements

Certificate in Health Promotion (CertHProm)

  • HAPX 111  Health Promotion Principles; and

  • HAPX 112  Health Programme Planning; and

  • HAPX 113  Māori and Community Health Development; and

  • HAPX 114  Contemporary Health Issues,

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Regulations for the Certificate in Health Promotion (CertHProm)

  1. Admission to the Programme

    1. Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) on the advice of the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine.
    2. Every applicant shall have a tertiary qualification or at least one year of working experience in the health sector.

  2. Structure of the Programme

    1. The programme of study shall consist of four compulsory papers normally taken in numerical order:
      1. HAPX 111 Health Promotion Principles (30 points)
      2. HAPX 112 Health Programme Planning (30 points)
      3. HAPX 113 Māori and Community Health Development (30 points)
      4. HAPX 114 Contemporary Health Issues (30 points)
    2. With the approval of the Faculty of Medicine, a candidate may substitute for one of the prescribed papers an appropriate paper at an equivalent level offered by a university or approved examining body.

  3. Variations

    The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.

    Note: This Distance Learning programme will be taken part-time, normally over two years, with one paper being offered in each semester.

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