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Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available at Wellington
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • 1 year full-time; or up to 4 years part-time
  • Not available for international students
  • Part-time study only.

Excel in the growing health industry

With a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science from Massey, you’ll be in high demand in the workplace.

What is it like?

Find out more about entry requirements, fees and courses in the planning section.

If you have a health-related Bachelor degree and want to take your studies to the next level, the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science is for you. It is the only postgraduate qualification of its kind in New Zealand that allows you to study both the sciences and the social sciences.

The health industry needs you

There is a growing need for people who understand personal, community and environmental health in today’s health industry. Massey’s PGDipHlthSc will give you the skills you need to succeed.
This programme’s applied and multi-disciplinary approach will help you build your career in any of New Zealand’s major health sectors.

Improve the nation’s health

You’ll get an understanding of the many dimensions of personal health and health care in New Zealand. You’ll learn to critically evaluate information about personal health and wellbeing, and community and population health. With a solid grounding in health science, you’ll be perfectly placed to contribute to our nation’s health from day one in the workplace.

A good fit if you:

  • Have a Bachelor of Health Science and wish to pursue your studies at an advanced level
  • Want to get ahead in the health industry


This is a great programme to find an exciting and rewarding career. You could work in any of the following, depending on your subject area:

  • Athlete strength and conditioning
  • Biosecurity
  • Careers in quality assurance
  • Clinical exercise prescription consultant
  • Consultancy and advisory positions
  • Corporate health and fitness
  • Disaster and emergency management
  • Drinking water assessment
  • Environmental and health consultancy and auditing
  • Exercise for elderly care homes
  • Fitness centres
  • Food safety consultancy and auditing
  • Health and environmental safety in commercial and non-governmental organizations
  • Health promotion
  • Health protection
  • Iwi authorities
  • Local and central government (environment health officer, health protection officer, policy and advisory roles)
  • Management of hazardous substances and toxic chemicals
  • Medical centres and hospitals
  • Physiotherapy clinics
  • Prison service
  • Public health positions
  • Rehabilitation and disability support
  • Research
  • Secondary school teaching
  • Sports teams and national sporting bodies
  • Waste and water quality management

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