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


A Postgraduate Certificate designed for health professionals working in the field of musculoskeletal management.

Allied health professionals involved in the care, management and rehabilitation of patients with musculoskeletal and pain problems, such as physiotherapists, occupational therapists, nurses, podiatrists, chiropractors, and osteopaths would find this qualification of particular interest.

Our courses are endorsed by the International Association for the Study of Pain.


The Postgraduate Certificate would normally be completed in 1-2 years of part-time study.


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

b) Every candidate for the Certificate 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.

Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) are available on the University of Otago website.

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Structure of the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) endorsed in endorsed in Musculoskeletal Management

i Two compulsory papers (30 points)
  • MSME 704 Introduction to Pain (15 points)
  • MSME 708 Introduction to Pain Management (15 points)
ii Two further approved papers from the following (30 points)
  • MSME 702 Musculoskeletal Tissues (15 points)
  • MSME 703 Musculoskeletal Disorders (15 points)
  • MSME 705 Regional Disorders - Spine (15 points)
  • MSME 706 Regional Disorders - Limbs (15 points)
  • MSME 707 Musculoskeletal Management (15 points)
  • MSME 710 Recreational and Sports Injuries (15 points)
  • MSME 711 Pain Assessment (15 points)

Further information

Administrator Client Services
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Medicine
University of Otago, Christchurch
PO Box 4345, Christchurch, New Zealand
Tel +64 3 364 0469