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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).

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

Division of Health Sciences website

Programme requirements

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

Papers

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

Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) endorsed in Adult Restorative Dental Care

DEOH 401  Adult Restorative Dental Care

Students must complete DEOH 201 as a prerequisite to DEOH 401 but may be exempted depending on previous education or experience.

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

Papers
  • NURS 405  Health Assessment and Advanced Nursing Practice

  • Either NURS 416  Nursing - Applied Pharmacology  or  NURS 427 Long-term Conditions: Pathophysiology and Management

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

Papers
  • AVME 719  Aeromedical Studies for Nurses and Paramedics

  • 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.

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

Papers
  • BITC 401  Theories of Biomedical Ethics

  • BITC 405  Bioethics in Clinical Practice

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

Papers

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

Papers
  • CTMG 401  Pathophysiology of Incontinence

  • CTMG 402  Management for Continence

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

This endorsement is not available for 2023.

Papers
  • PSME 436 Principles of Family and Systems Theory

  • PSME 437 Applied Systems Theory

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

Papers
  • PSME 407  Forensic Psychiatry

  • One of:
    • NURS 403  Mental Health Nursing Practice
    • NURS 433  Intellectual Disability: Theory into Practice
    • PSME 401  Nature, Extent and Assessment of Mental Disorders
    • PSME 404  Addiction Assessment
    • PSME 439  Intellectual Disability: Theory into Practice

Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) endorsed in Genomic Health and Medicine

Papers
  • GEHM 701  Introduction to Genomics in Health and Medicine
  • GEHM 702  Genomic Medicine - Case Based Learning
  • GEHM 703  Application of Genomic Health and Medicine in Practice or Research
  • BINF 701  Introduction to Clinical Bioinformatics

Students must complete GEHM 701 first and GEHM 703 last.

Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) in Human Nutrition

Papers
  • NUTN 401  Principles of Human Nutrition

  • 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.

Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) endorsed in Interpersonal Psychotherapy

Papers
  • PSME 427  Interpersonal Psychotherapy

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

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

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

 

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

Papers

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

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

Papers
  • NURS 403  Mental Health Nursing Practice

  • 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.

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

Papers
  • NURS 405  Health Assessment and Advanced Nursing Practice

  • NURS 426  Nursing - Gerontology

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

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

Papers
  • NURS 405  Health Assessment and Advanced Nursing Practice

  • NURS 411  Nursing - High Acuity

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

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

Papers
  • NURS 423  Nursing - Leadership and Management 1

  • 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.

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

Papers
  • NURS 405  Health Assessment and Advanced Nursing Practice

  • 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.

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

Papers

NURS 409  Mental Health Nursing Practicum

One of:

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

Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) endorsed in Obesity Prevention and Management

This endorsement is not available in 2023.

Papers

GENA 737  Obesity Prevention and Management

One of:

Candidates should complete GENA 737 before proceeding to the other paper.

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.

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

Papers
  • PAIN 710  Introduction to Pain

  • PAIN 711  Introduction to Pain Management

  • Two further approved papers (selected from PAIN 712  Pain Assessment, PAIN 713  Pain Neurobiology, PAIN 714  Biomedical Pain Management and PAIN 715  Psychosocial and Cultural Aspects of Pain) to the value of 30 points

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

Papers
  • PSME 432  Introduction to Perinatal Psychiatry

  • PSME 433  Introduction to Infant Mental Health

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

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

Papers

Two of:

  • RADT 401 Applied Radiation Therapy Advanced Practice
  • RADT 402 Patient Centred Radiation Therapy Advanced Practice
  • RADT 403 Brachytherapy Principles and Practice

The Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) endorsed in Radiation Therapy Advanced Practice is available through Distance Learning.

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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