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 Health Sciences. 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 Māori, 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
Marlene Whaanga-Dean
Ngāti Kahungunu, Rangitāne ngā iwi

“Take the opportunity to acquire knowledge; one must study in order to succeed in your chosen career path…”

"Massey paved the way for me to continue to work full-time and study. The convenience and flexibility of distance learning gave me the opportunity to excel in my career path as an Outreach Community Health Worker.

My chosen study of Public Health and Health Promotion has taken my skill to another level in terms of population health.

I applaud all those that can study at any age, but - more importantly - around your life style, work, whānau and creating that balance.

With Massey University, I was able to achieve the desired outcome, the completion of my ‘tohu’ in Public Health and Health Promotion."


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.

Lecturer profile

Dr Christina Severinsen
Programme Director, School of Health Sciences

“We have developed the Certificate in Public Health to build capacity in our public health workforce. The courses are aligned with the Aotearoa NZ health promotion and public health competency standards. Our students engage in real world assessment, reflect on current population health challenges and identify solutions.”

Ministry of Health grants

Students already working in public health and health promotion roles in New Zealand can apply for a fees grant from the Ministry of Health.

Ministry of Health - Certificate in Public Health Fee Grants

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