Study Options

Online, Full-time, Part-time

Length

6 months - 2 years

Level

Level 8

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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 specialty endorsement options that may be available may include:

  • Child and Family Health
  • Elder Health
  • Health Services Management
  • Primary Health Care

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, 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.

2022 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
  • Advanced practice to support elder health
  • Advanced diabetes nursing
  • Advanced primary health care
  • 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.

Contact Lizzy Mackenzie on 06 830 1950 or emackenzie@eit.ac.nz to discuss.

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 as much as if they were in a face-to-face classroom setting.

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.

Individual Study Hours

Generally the courses are delivered asynchronously via online delivery. However, some courses may require attendance at synchronous online sessions or face-to-face workshops at the EIT campus. Any requirement for attendance at synchronous or face-to-face sessions is identified in the course information.

For the programme timetable, showing full year and semester dates, and compulsory study days, please contact the Postgraduate Programmes Secretary, Stacey Wong on 06 830 1507 or swong@eit.ac.nz.

Each credit for the course generally represents approximately 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 in the area of specialty practice.

Career Opportunities and Outcomes

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

Dates

There are two entry dates per year:

  • February
  • July

Start date varies depending on courses selected.

 

Entry

Entry Requirements

English Language Entry Requirement

Entry with Credit

Academic Learning Services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT. 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

Scholarships

EIT offers a variety of scholarships across various subjects and programme levels.  Some scholarships are based on your age, some are specific to the subject you want to study.  Not all scholarships are based on your academic ability and anyone wanting to study should investigate what scholarships are available to them.  

You can find a list of EIT scholarships here however there are many more scholarships offered nationally.  Information about these is on an database called “givME”. givME is accessible at EIT or at some public libraries. If you would like to come to EIT to look through the giveME database don’t hesitate to contact scholarships@eit.ac.nz or call in for a chat.