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Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc)


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 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

KC Worden
Postgraduate Advisor
Health Sciences Division Administration
University of Otago, Dunedin
Tel +64 3 479 7421


Trevor Williams
Postgraduate Liaison Officer
Postgraduate Office
University of Otago, Wellington
Tel +64 4 385 5543

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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 Clinical Ethics

  • BITC 401  Theories of Biomedical Ethics

  • BITC 405  Bioethics in Clinical Practice

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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