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Improve the nation’s health and your career prospects
Get a high-quality, comprehensive education in public health to boost your career while improving the health of New Zealanders.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health will give you leading-edge expertise in many different subjects such as:
This programme emphasises applied research and practical experience. You will be able to apply knowledge gained to projects that reflect your work and interests.
If you’re a health professional, policy maker, community worker or researcher, you will benefit from unique shared learning opportunities with others from diverse backgrounds in the health sector.
You will understand the core functions of public health. This includes health promotion, disease prevention, disease surveillance and monitoring, health assessment and health protection.
You will also be able to identify and critically analyse public health problems and solutions from a range of perspectives.
You can study in a way that best suits your lifestyle – enrol in distance courses and study full or part time.
At Massey, we embrace high-quality research in exciting areas including:
There are many employment opportunities that public health training can give both in the health sector and wider government and community sectors. These include:
Graduates of the PGDipPH can do further study for a Master of Public Health and progress to doctoral study.
All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.
To enter the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health you will have been awarded or qualified for a relevant bachelor's degree or equivalent.
You must provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.
To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.
For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:
If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and programmes that may help.
From the Schedule to the Diploma including:
Attend contact workshops, block courses, field trips, studios, workshops, tutorials, laboratories and practical work as required.
See ‘Courses for this programme’ below for schedules of courses.
|231725||Foundations of Public Health Practice||15|
|231726||Health Systems and Policy||15|
|231728||Public Health Intervention Management||15|
|231729||Public Health Research and Evaluation||15|
|231730||Epidemiology and Biostatistics 1||15|
|231731||Epidemiology and Biostatistics 2||15|
|At least 30 credits from|
|147704||Drugs and Society||30|
|150701||Tino Rangatiratanga: Strategic Māori Development||30|
|150702||Pae Ora: Māori Health Advancement||30|
|150714||Ta Te Māori Rangahau Korero: Māori Research Methodologies||30|
|151716||Advanced Nutrition and Disease||15|
|151717||Selected Topics in Public Health Nutrition||15|
|231732||Physical Activity Promotion||15|
|231733||Big Public Health Issues||15|
|231734||Maternal and Child Health||15|
|231799||Research Report (30)||30|
|250702||Systems Thinking and Analysis||15|
|251731||Advanced Occupational Safety and Health||30|
|251772||Advanced Occupational Hygiene||30|
|252701||Sleep and Circadian Science for Health Practitioners||30|
|252702||Sleep, Fatigue Risk Management and Occupational Safety and Health||30|
If you study full-time, you’ll take 120 credits per year or 60 credits per semester.
There are maximum time limits to complete postgraduate qualifications. If you do not complete within the maximum time, you may be required to re-apply for the programme if you wish to continue your studies.
Where your qualification is completed within the stated time limit and to a high standard, you may be able to graduate with a class of Honours, Distinction or Merit.
Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.
There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.
If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.
You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.
The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.
Current and returning Massey students will find their National Student Number on their student homepage.
Massey University is ranked in the top 300 universities in the world and fourth in New Zealand in the subject area of public health by the ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.
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Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.
If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.
You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.
Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.
You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.
You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.
When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:
Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.
More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.
You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.
We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!
If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.
Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).
You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.
Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.
There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.
The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.
The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:
|Subject area||Level||Course ID number|
Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.
For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.
In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may be no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.
Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.
There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.