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Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health (PGCertPH)

Study in Christchurch, Dunedin, or Wellington

Enrolments for the PGCertPH are always open. Papers begin in February, April, July, and September each year.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health (PGCertPH) is ideal for students who wish to obtain a postgraduate qualification in public health but aren’t ready to embark on a diploma or master’s degree.

It comprises four papers from the public health paper offerings.

You must select an endorsement, which requires a specific combination of papers to be completed. Endorsements can be archieved in the following subject areas:

  • Environmental health
  • Health economis
  • Health promotion
  • Health systems and services
  • Hauora Māori / Māori health
  • Public policy and health
  • Research methods

The PGCertPH is normally completed in a half-year of full-time study, or the equivalent in part-time study.

After completing the PGCertPH, you can obtain a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health (DPH) by taking four further papers.

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PGCertPH programme structure

Points required 60 points (4 public health papers)
Duration Six months full-time, or
One year part-time
Start date February, April, July, or September
Prerequisite Candidates would normally be required to have an undergraduate degree (in any discipline) with at least a B average
Structure 15-point papers taught in half semester terms (4 terms per year)

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PGCertPH endorsment options

Endorsement

Papers required

Environmental Health
  • PUBH 733 Environment and Health (15 points)
  • PUBH 734 Health Protection (15 points)
  • Plus 2 further PUBH papers to the value of 30 points
Health Economics
  • PUBH 735 The Economics of Health Policy Decision Making (15 points)
  • PUBH 736 Economic Evaluation (15 points)
  • Plus 2 further PUBH papers to the value of 30 points
Health Promotion
  • PUBH 713 Society, Health and Health Promotion (15 points)
  • PUBH 743 Health Promotion Programme Planning and Evaluation (15 points)
  • Plus 2 further PUBH papers to the value of 30 points
Public Policy and Health
  • PUBH 713 Society, Health and Health Promotion (15 points)
  • PUBH 714 Public Policy and Health Systems (15 points)
  • PUBH 744 Healthy Public Policy (15 points)
  • Plus 1 further PUBH paper to the value of 15 points
Health Systems and Services
  • PUBH 714 Public Policy and Health Systems (15 points)
  • PUBH 742 Global Health and International Health Systems (15 points)
  • Plus 2 further PUBH papers to the value of 30 points
Māori Health
  • PUBH 712 Foundations of Hauora Māori (15 points)
  • PUBH 741 Hauora Māori – Policy, Practice and Research (15 points)
  • Plus 2 further PUBH papers to the value of 30 points
Research Methods
  • PUBH 711 Principles of Epidemiology (15 points)
  • PUBH 723 Survey Methods (15 points)
  • PUBH 724 Introduction to Qualitative Research methods (15 points)
  • PUBH 725 Applied Biostatistics 1 – Fundamentals (15 points)

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How to apply to enrol

Enrolments for the PGCertPH are always open. Papers begin in February, April, July, and September each year.

In the Choose a qualification drop-down box near the top of this page, select Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health (PGCertPH) at your preferred campus.

Then hit ‘Apply’.

This will take you to eVision – your personalised application portal.

Follow the on-screen instructions to create your eVision account (if required) and complete your application.

See also: General information regarding fees

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