Study Options

Online, Full-time, Part-time


1 year, up to 4 years


Level 8

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This diploma is a one year full-time, or up to four years part-time, interdisciplinary programme providing qualified health professionals and health service managers with advanced practice knowledge and critical analysis skills.

You can enrol directly into this diploma or use it to further develop the knowledge and skills you gained while studying for the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science. Upon graduation from this diploma you can choose to progress onto one of EIT’s masters programmes.


The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science offers a selection of courses designed to meet the needs of health practitioners, health sector managers and other professionals whose practice has a focus on health.

Each course consists of blended and online learning opportunities and in some cases clinical fieldwork. You will be expected to spend subsequent time in independent study, critical reflection, and field work in your place of study or place of work.

The programme is characterised by the option of advanced study with a specific health science endorsement, requiring a foundation of undergraduate knowledge and skills achieved through previous tertiary qualifications or equivalent professional experience. Some endorsement options are listed below.

  • Elder Health
  • Health Promotion
  • Child & Family Health
  • Critical Care Nursing
  • Human Lactation & Breastfeeding
  • Primary Health Care
  • Health Services Management
  • Professional Supervision
  • Diabetes Management
  • Disease Management

Please feel free to make an appointment to discuss your study options. You can meet with our staff in person at our Hawke’s Bay campus, or simply give us call on 0800 22 55 348. And you’re most welcome to visit EIT to view our facilities at any time.

Career Opportunities & Outcomes

Future career pathways could include:

  • Advanced professional practice within your specified discipline/endorsement area
  • Health Service Management
  • Health Promotion
  • Primary Health Care


Generally February or July each year depending upon the courses selected.


Entry requirements

International entry requirements

Study Pathways

Interdisciplinary graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science may apply to progress on to the EIT Master of Health Science programme, and registered nurse graduates may apply to progress on to the EIT Master of Nursing programme.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science is approved by the Nursing Council of New Zealand as an “advanced nursing practice programme”.