Course details

Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science [Level 8]
Course length 19 weeks
Completion rate 95%
NZQF Level 8
Employment rate N/A
In further study N/A
Median earnings N/A

About the course

Rewarding Study for a Rewarding Career

The Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science offers a selection of courses designed to meet the needs of nurses, health practitioners, health sector managers and other professionals whose practice has a focus on health. The Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science may be completed with or without a specialty option.

Nursing speciality endorsement options that may be available include:

  • Elder Health
  • Primary HealthCare

The programme is characterised by advanced study in a specific nursing or health science discipline, requiring a foundation of undergraduate knowledge and skills achieved through previous tertiary qualifications or equivalent professional experience.

Upon graduating with the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science you will have developed your knowledge and skills of critical analysis and constructive synthesis and their application to high quality approaches to health care delivery.

Outline

The Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science offers a selection of online and blended courses designed to meet the needs of nurses, health practitioners, health sector managers and other professionals whose practice has a focus on health. It is comprised of 60 credits, which is considered to be equivalent to six months full-time study or up to two years part-time study.

As a graduate of the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science you may be able to credit these courses to the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science or the Master of Health Science (pending successfully achieving the specified academic entry criteria). In addition, registered nurse graduates of the Postgraduate Certificate may choose to progress into the Master of Nursing Science or Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) programme (pending successfully achieving the specified academic and practice entry criteria).

The Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science is an interdisciplinary programme.

2023 Course Options

  • Advanced clinical assessment and diagnostic reasoning
  • Advanced pathophysiology for health professionals
  • Ethical concepts and legal issues for advanced practice
  • Pharmacotherapeutics for advanced nursing/midwifery practice
  • Advancing speciality practice
  • Advanced practice to support elder health
  • Advanced primary health care
  • Nursing education and curricula
  • Research paradigms for nursing science
  • Infectious and communicable diseases
  • Health promotion
  • Global health
  • Health in Aotearoa New Zealand

We highly recommend that you take the opportunity to discuss your study options with the Postgraduate Programmes Coordinator, prior to enrolment, to help ensure that you select the most appropriate pathway to meet your career goals.

For nurses contact:

Lizzy Mackenzie (Nursing) on 06 830 1950 or email [email protected]

For non-nurses contact:

Associate Professor Anita Jagroop-Dearing (Health Science) on 06 830 1535 or email [email protected]

Blended / Online Learning

Our postgraduate courses are offered either online or with blended delivery. This means that the majority of the work is located on a virtual teaching and learning platform with directed activities and learning that you work through. Lecturers work within the virtual classroom setting so that they maintain contact with you.

Blended delivery means that there are on-campus, contact sessions or workshops with the bulk of the learning activity undertaken in the online environment.

This flexible delivery method allows you to study at your pace, in your place, at locations throughout New Zealand.

Workload

Generally the courses are delivered online. However, some courses may require attendance at online sessions or face-to-face workshops on the EIT | Te Pūkenga Hawke’s Bay campus. Any requirement for attendance at face-to-face sessions is identified in the course information.

Please click here to refer to the programme timetable, showing full year and semester dates, and compulsory study days or contact Stacey Wong, the Postgraduate Programmes Administrator on 06 830 1507.

Each credit for the course generally represents 10 hours of student learning/study time over the period of the course.

Each course consists of online learning opportunities and in some cases clinical field work and on-campus workshops. You are expected to spend time in independent/self-directed study, critical reflection, and field work in your place of study or place of work.

Work Integrated Learning

Some courses will require you to be actively involved in clinical practice.

Your Future Career & Study Opportunities

Pending successful completion of the required academic entry requirements, graduates of the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science may progress to:

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science or Master of Health Science

Graduates who hold a current Nursing Council of New Zealand Annual Practising Certificate may progress to:

  • Master of Nursing Science or Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)

Possible career outcomes include a role in: 

  • Advanced Nursing
  • Allied Health
  • Research
  • Project Management

Academic Learning Services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT | Te Pūkenga. Our aim is for you to become confident, competent and independent learners.

We have dedicated advisors who can assist with your learning.

Find out more:

Hawke’s Bay Campus
Tairāwhiti Campus

About the provider

The Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) offers you over 160 qualifications from certificate and diploma, to degree and postgraduate level at campuses in Hawke's Bay, Tairāwhiti (Gisborne) and Auckland. Or learn at one of our Regional Learning Centres situated in Hastings, Maraenui, Ruatoria, Waipukurau and Wairoa. EIT Hawke's Bay is one of New Zealand's most attractive campuses with superb architecture and shaded outdoor areas for study on warm days. EIT Tairāwhiti two campuses are located in the heart of Gisborne, near the Taruheru River, and you can get more central than EIT Auckland location on Queen Street! When you choose to study at EIT you'll get the kind of experiences that will help you gain the knowledge and skills to get ahead, whether you want to break into your chosen career or change direction in life.

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