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Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science (Rehabilitation)

Key facts

  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Not available for international students
  • Part-time study only.

Twenty-five percent of the New Zealand's population face challenges related to disability and impairment. Make a difference to their lives with Massey’s Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Rehabilitation).

Find out more about the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science parent structure.

What is it like?

Massey’s Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science (Rehabilitation) is designed for students who have a Bachelor of Health Science or equivalent and wish to pursue their studies at an advanced level. Students may already be working in the area of health, disability or rehabilitation, or may desire to pursue a career in these areas. 

This programme offers you an in depth look at rehabilitation theory and practice, rehabilitation counselling, advocacy and vocational services. It is goal focused – you will learn about working with individuals experiencing injury, disability and/or social disadvantage. You will study theories and practice to help them achieve their occupational, personal and social goals. You will work on their strengths and facilitate inclusion and quality of life in their communities and work environments.

A good fit if you:

  • Are interested disability studies or disability or rehabilitation service provision
  • Are interested in advocacy, case management or supported employment
  • Wish to pursue your studies at an advanced level


With a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science (Rehabilitation), you can pursue a career in the areas of:

  • Rehabilitation and vocational counselling
  • Social and psychological aspects of impairment and disability
  • Case management
  • Independent living
  • Transition from school to work
  • Advocacy
  • Career development and employment strategies. 

If you chose to follow a career in rehabilitation and vocational counselling, you may be eligible to apply for accreditation with the Rehabilitation Counselling Association of Australasia (RCAA) as a graduate of this programme.

Career opportunities also exist in other health-related areas, such as:

  • Public health
  • Health promotion
  • Consultancy and advisory positions
  • Working with iwi authorities
  • Quality assurance
  • Research

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