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Postgraduate Diploma in Health Management (PGDipHealMgt)

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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 Postgrad

uate Diploma in Health Management must normally either be graduates or hold a professional qualification requiring at least three years of tertiary study.


Shelly Morgan
Postgraduate Programme Administrator
Department of Public Health
University of Otago, Christchurch

Anne Fenderl
Public Health Client Services Administrator
Department of Preventive and Social Medicine
University of Otago, Dunedin

Andrew Wood
Postgraduate Administrator
Department of Public Health
University of Otago, Wellington


Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Management (PGDipHealMgt)

  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 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);
      2. present evidence of ability for advanced level academic study.

  2. Structure of the Programme

    1. The programme shall comprise
      1. four papers (worth a total of 60 points) from:
        PUBH 712, PUBH 713, PUBH 714, PUBH 735, PUBH 736, PUBH 742 , PUBH 744

        together with

      2. approved papers to a total of 60 points from the schedule of papers for the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration.
    2. With the prior approval of the Programme Academic Co-ordinator (or nominee), a candidate may substitute an approved research methods paper or papers worth 30 points for one Public Health paper worth 15 points and one Business Administration paper worth 15 points.

  3. Duration of the Programme

    1. 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.
    2. 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.

  4. Level of Award of the Diploma

    The diploma may be awarded with distinction or with credit.

  5. 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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Regulations on this page are taken from the 2024 Calendar and supplementary material.

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