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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 public health papers covering health systems, policy, and health economics, plus a suite of recommended business papers.

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.

PGDipHealMgt programme structure

Points required 120 points
Duration 1 year full-time
2 years part-time
Start date February, April, July, September
  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 healthcare
  3. Present evidence of ability for advanced level academic study
  • Postgraduate public health papers to the value of 60 points
  • Approved papers from the schedule for the Master of Business Administration to the value of 60 points

PGDipHealMgt papers

  • Public health papers from the following schedule, to the value of 60 points:
    • PUBH 712 Foundations of Hauora Māori
    • PUBH 713 Society Health and Health Promotion
    • PUBH 714 Public Policy and Health Systems
    • PUBH 735 The Economics of Health Policy Decision Making
    • PUBH 736 Economic Evaluation
    • PUBH 742 Global Health and International Health Systems
    • PUBH 744 Healthy Public Policy
  • Plus approved papers from the schedule for the Master of Business Administration to the value of 60 points. Recommended topics include:
    • Human Resources Management
    • Financial Accounting
    • Management Accounting Control
    • Operations Management
    • Management Information Systems
    • Marketing Management
    Master of Business Administration (MBA) programmes:

How to apply for enrolment

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Please note, with the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Management, you are required initially to enrol with the University of Otago. Please talk to the University of Otago administrator for guidance on this process, see contact details below.

Programme requirements

Postgraduate Diploma in Health Management (PGDipHealMgt)

Four papers worth a total of 60 points from the following: 60

Approved papers to a total of 60 points from the schedule of papers for the Diploma in Business Administration. (DipBusAdmin) 60

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