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Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc)

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Overview

The Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) is designed to enable health professionals to specialise in specific areas of practice at a postgraduate level, studying on a part-time basis. In general, this qualification is intended for health professionals who have completed three years of tertiary study and already have experience in the field.

The Certificate may lead into the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (PGDipHealSc), or Master of Health Sciences (MHealSc) degree.

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Information for new applicants

The Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) is a postgraduate certificate comprising compulsory papers to the value of 60 points (usually two 30 point papers) from a schedule of "endorsed" options listed below.

You can obtain information about each endorsement by clicking on the links below.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences is taught from three campuses (Dunedin, Christchurch and Wellington). Contact details at each campus are listed below. Alternatively, contact postgrad-health-sciences@otago.ac.nz for guidance.

The Certificate may be credited towards the Postgraduate Diploma Health Sciences, though admission to the Diploma will depend upon performance.

Please seek advice from a course adviser prior to submitting your application.

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Contact Details

Dunedin
KC Worden
Postgraduate Advisor
Health Sciences Division Administration
University of Otago, Dunedin
Tel 64 3 479 7421
Email postgrad-health-sciences@otago.ac.nz

Christchurch
Ruth Helms
Manager, Academic Programmes
University of Otago, Christchurch
Tel 64 3 364 0527
Email ruth.helms@otago.ac.nz

Wellington
Trevor Williams
Postgraduate Liaison Officer
Postgraduate Office
University of Otago, Wellington
Tel 64 4 385 5543
Email trevor.williams@otago.ac.nz

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Schedule of Endorsed Options

Endorsements marked with an asterisk are available through Distance Learning.

Each endorsement is based at a particular campus indicated below: D = Dunedin, C = Christchurch, W = Wellington.

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Programme Requirements

Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) endorsed in Addiction and Co-existing Disorders

Papers
  • PSME 404  Special Topic: Research Methods, Mental Health; and
  • One of:

The Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) endorsed in Addiction and Co-existing Disorders is available through Distance Learning.

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Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) endorsed in Advanced Clinical Nursing

Papers
  • NURS 405  Health Assessment and Advanced Nursing Practice; and
  • NURS 416  Nursing - Applied Pharmacology.

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Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) endorsed in Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport

Papers
  • AVME 719  Aeromedical Studies for Nurses and Paramedics; and
  • AVME 720  Clinical Analysis in Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) endorsed in Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport is available through Distance Learning.

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Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) endorsed in Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Papers
  • PSME 420* Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; and

  • PSME 423* Child and Family Mental Health.

    Note: *These papers are not currently available.

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Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) endorsed in Clinical Rehabilitation

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Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) endorsed in Clinical Research

Papers
  • BITC 406  Health Research Ethics; and
  • One of:
    • AVME 785  Research Methods,
    • GENA 821  Research Methods,
    • HASC 417  Health Sciences Research Methods,
    • HEIN 706  Research Methods for Health Informatics,
    • NURS 415  Nursing Research Methods,
    • PHCY 506  Research Methods,
    • PHTY 610  Research Methods, or
    • Other approved research methods paper(s) to the value of 30 points;
  • HEIN 708  Health Data Management.

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Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) endorsed in Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy

Papers
  • COBE 401  Cognitive -Behaviour Therapy.

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Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) endorsed in Continence Management

Papers
  • CTMG 401  Pathophysiology of Incontinence; and
  • CTMG 402  Management for Continence.

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Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) endorsed in Family and Systems Therapies

Papers
  • PSME 436  Principles of Family and Systems Theory; and
  • PSME 437  Applied Systems Theory.

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Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) endorsed in Forensic Mental Health

Papers
  • PSME 407  Forensic Psychiatry; and
  • One of:
    • PSME 401  Nature, Extent and Assessment of Mental Disorders,
    • NURS 403  Mental Health Nursing Practice.

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Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) endorsed in Gerontology

Papers
  • HASC 404  Health Care of the Elderly, or NURS 426 Nursing - Gerontology; and
  • HASC 409  Social Care of the Elderly.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) endorsed in Gerontology is available through Distance Learning.

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Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) endorsed in Hazard Assessment and Management

Papers
  • Three of:
    • HAZA 401  Management of Chemical Hazards,
    • HAZA 404  Environmental Risk Assessment and Management
    • HAZA 405  Basic Toxicology,
    • HAZA 406  Risk Management Law 1,
    • HAZA 408  Radiation Hazards,
    • HAZA 409  New Organisms: Risk Assessment and Management.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) endorsed in Hazard Assessment and Management is available through Distance Learning.

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Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) in Human Nutrition

Papers
  • NUTN 401  Principles of Human Nutrition; and
  • One of:
    • NUTN 402  Nutrition and Health Promotion,
    • NUTN 404  Nutrition and Chronic Disease,
    • NUTN 407  Advanced Sports Nutrition.

Further information regarding the PGCertHealSc endorsed in Human Nutrition is available from the Department of Human Nutrition website.

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Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) endorsed in Mental Health

Papers
  • One of:
    • PSME 401 Nature, Extent and Assessment of Mental Disorders or
    • NURS 403 Mental Health Nursing Practice; and
  • One further 30 point 400-level PSME paper excluding PSME 401.

 

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Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) endorsed in Motivating Behaviour Change

Papers
  • PSME 430* Motivating Behaviour Change 1; and

  • PSME 431* Motivating Behaviour Change 2.

    *These papers are not currently available.

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Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) endorsed in Musculoskeletal Management

Papers
  • MSME 704  Introduction to Pain; and
  • MSME 708  Introduction to Pain Management; and
  • Two of:

For further information, see the subject entry for Musculoskeletal Medicine.

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Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) endorsed in Nursing (Advanced Mental Health)

Papers
  • NURS 403  Mental Health Nursing Practice; and
  • NURS 404  Advanced Mental Health Nursing Practice.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) endorsed in Nursing (Advanced Mental Health) is available through Distance Learning.

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Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) endorsed in Nursing (Gerontology)

Papers
  • NURS 405  Health Assessment and Advanced Nursing Practice; and
  • NURS 426  Nursing - Gerontology.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) endorsed in Nursing (Gerontology) is available through Distance Learning.

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Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) endorsed in Nursing (High Acuity)

Papers
  • NURS 405  Health Assessment and Advanced Nursing Practice; and 
  • NURS 411  Nursing - High Acuity.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) endorsed in Nursing (High Acuity) is available through Distance Learning.

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Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) endorsed in Nursing (Leadership and Management)

 

Papers
  • NURS 423  Nursing - Leadership and Management 1; and
  • NURS 424  Nursing - Leadership and Management 2.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) endorsed in Nursing (Leadership and Management) is available through Distance Learning.

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Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGDipHealSc) endorsed in Nursing (Long-term Condition Management)

Papers
  • NURS 427  Long-term Condition Management; and<
  • NURS 428  Long-term Condition Management (Advanced).

The Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) endorsed in Nursing (Long-term Condition Management) is available through Distance Learning.

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Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) endorsed in Nursing (Primary Health Care)

Papers
  • NURS 405  Health Assessment and Advanced Nursing Practice; and
  • NURS 413  Primary Health Care Nursing - Rural/Urban.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) endorsed in Nursing (Primary Health Care) is available through Distance Learning.

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Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) endorsed in Nursing (Specialty Mental Health)

Papers
  • NURS 403  Mental Health Nursing Practice; and
  • NURS 409  Mental Health Nursing Practicum.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) endorsed in Nursing (Specialty Mental Health) is available through Distance Learning.

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Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) endorsed in Occupational Health

Papers

The Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) endorsed in Occupational Health is available through Distance Learning.

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Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) endorsed in Pain and Pain Management

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Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) endorsed in Perinatal Mental Health

Papers
  • PSME 432  Introduction to Perinatal Psychiatry; and 
  • PSME 433  Introduction to Infant Mental Health.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) endorsed in Perinatal Mental Health is available through Distance Learning.

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Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) in Radiation Therapy Advanced Practice

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Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) endorsed in Reproductive Mental Health

Papers
  • PSME 438  Reproduction and Loss; and
  • One further approved paper at 400-level or higher to the value of 30 points.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) endorsed in Reproductive Mental Health is available through Distance Learning.

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Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) endorsed in Resuscitation

Papers
  • RESU 701; and

  • RESU 702.

    Note: These papers are no longer offered.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) endorsed in Resuscitation is available through Distance Learning.

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Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc)

  1. Admission to the Programme

    1. Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences).

    2. Every applicant shall
      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;
      3. present evidence of ability for advanced level academic study.

  2. Structure of the Programme

    The programme of study shall consist of approved papers, from the schedule of endorsed options, to the value of 60 points.

  3. Duration of the Programme

    1. A candidate for the certificate shall normally follow a programme of study for one semester of full-time study, or the equivalent in part-time study.
    2. A candidate shall complete the requirements for the certificate within two years of admission to the programme.

  4. Variations

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

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