The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Management (PGDipHealMgt) is a programme of study that draws equally on public health and business administration. Participants study health systems and health economics in the public health programme and a suite of recommended papers in business.
Those most likely to benefit from the programme are health professionals moving into managerial roles, managers taking up positions in the health sector, and those in existing health management positions seeking both to advance their skills and to enhance their understanding of the sector and their role within it.
The programme, aside from its academic and vocational relevance, also provides students with an opportunity to work with colleagues drawn from a range of health and management backgrounds.
Information for new applicants
Candidates for the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Management must normally either be graduates or hold a professional qualification requiring at least three years of tertiary study. Admission is always subject to the approval of the Board of Graduate Studies, Division of Health Sciences, which will require evidence of ability to undertake advanced academic study.
Postgraduate Programme Administrator
Department of Public Health and General Practice
University of Otago, Christchurch
Department of Preventive and Social Medicine
Dunedin School of Medicine
Department of Public Health
University of Otago, Wellington
Postgraduate Diploma in Health Management (PGDipHealMgt)
60 points from the following:
PUBH 702 Society, Health and Public Policy
PUBH 704 Health Economics
PUBH 706 Health Systems
together with approved papers to a total of 60 points from the schedule of papers for the Diploma in Business Administration. (DipBusAdmin)
Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Management (PGDipHealMgt)
Admission to the Programme
- Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences).
- Every applicant shall
- be a graduate or hold a professional qualification requiring at least three years of tertiary level study; or
- have alternative qualifications or experience acceptable to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences);
- present evidence of ability for advanced level academic study.
Structure of the Programme
- The programme shall comprise
- With the prior approval of the Board of Graduate Studies in Health Sciences, a candidate may substitute for one or more papers, equivalent papers offered by the University of Otago or another tertiary institution.
- With the prior approval of the Board of Graduate Studies in Health Sciences, a candidate who has previously completed postgraduate study in an associated discipline may be permitted to substitute alternative papers for one or more of the required papers.
Duration of the Programme
- A candidate for the diploma shall follow a programme of study for not less than two semesters full-time, or the equivalent in part-time study.
- A full-time candidate shall complete the requirements of the diploma within two years of admission to the programme, and a part-time candidate within four years of admission.
Level of Award of the Diploma
The diploma may be awarded with distinction or with credit.
The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.