Certificate in Public Health

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Advance your public health career

If you have a passion for public health, and need a formal undergraduate qualification, this certificate is for you.

What is it like?

The Certificate in Public Health is a purpose-built undergraduate programme in the School of Public Health. An entry-level qualification, you can achieve this certificate if you are already working in the public health sector, in primary care and in community health roles. Or you may also be yet to start university study and aspire to a career in public health.

The certificate, a 60-credit qualification, is designed to be completed in two semesters.

You will:

  • Strengthen your depth and breadth of knowledge in public health and develop practical skills to develop and implement public health initiatives. These include those aiming to improve population health outcomes and address health inequalities for Maori, Pasifika and other specific population groups
  • Learn to use research and evaluation effectively to improve your public health practice through new skills in critique, analysis, written and oral communication
  • analyse health inequalities in New Zealand through an understanding of the social, cultural and economic determinants of health
  • Identify opportunities to promote and protect public health through the development and implementation of community-based health interventions, including public health policy and public health advocacy
  • Contribute effectively to community health development through an analysis of health inequalities
  • Gain an understanding of public health issues from a Treaty of Waitangi perspective and other key public health agreements like the Ottawa Charter.

A good fit if you:

  • Want to improve population health
  • Want to promote health equity
  • Are a public health worker keen to achieve an accessible entry-level qualification
  • Want to develop a career in public health


The Certificate in Public Health is designed for students who aspire to careers in public health. It is particularly relevant to public health workers and those in primary care and community health roles who have yet to achieve university level qualifications in this field.

If you want to contribute to the health of all New Zealanders, this certificate will give you a critical understanding of public health issues and offer you entry to a wide range of public health careers.

Join the engine of the new New Zealand

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