Course Overview

Are you a health professional, have experience in the health industry or have previously studied in Health or Science? Do you want to extend your knowledge of the health care sector in Aotearoa/New Zealand?

This graduate diploma will help open up new opportunities for employment in a wide range of health industries, or pave the way for higher level study.

You'll be able to increase your understanding of the New Zealand health care system as you examine health from an individual, whanau/family, and community perspective.

During the course you explore the scope of New Zealand health ethics, legislation, cultural safety and the significance of Te Tiriti o Waitangi/The Treaty of Waitangi. You develop specialist knowledge in the health context of New Zealand, public health, Māori health models, health of older adults, palliative care, and rehabilitation. You learn to analyse and critique current research and recognise how evidence-based practice is informed by research.

This qualification does not lead to New Zealand nurse registration. It can, however, lead students on to postgraduate study or employment within a wide range of primary, secondary and tertiary health and disability sector services.

Upon successfully completing the requirements you'll receive the award of:

  • Graduate Diploma in Health and Rehabilitation Studies
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Study options

1 year full-time, including holidays (if applicable)

Study face-to-face on campus at set times plus online learning

Part-time study available

Total credits 120
StudyLink assistance Available
Indicative Fees $7,640 for domestic students View full fees information
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Career opportunities

Employment in health roles such as:

  • rehabilitation
  • hospice
  • palliative and disability support care worker
  • co-ordinator or community based needs assessor

Topics you'll cover

  • Academic and Information Skills for Health
  • Population Health
  • Health of the Older Adult
  • Professional Practice in Aotearoa/New Zealand Health Care
  • Palliative and Continuing Care
  • Health Systems and Structures
  • Applied Research in Health
  • Rehabilitation

Course Fees

Indicative Fees * $7,640 for domestic students

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Student Loans and Allowances

This course meets the requirements for student allowance and student loan applications through StudyLink.

  • A student loan helps to pay for your course fees (the compulsory fees), study materials e.g. books, equipment, and living costs. You'll have to pay this money back.
  • A student allowance is a weekly payment that can help with your living expenses while you're studying. You don't have to pay the money back.

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Course Entry Information

Entry criteria

  • an undergraduate degree, OR
  • a Level 6 Diploma or degree in a subject relating to Health or Science, OR
  • be able to demonstrate equivalent practical, professional or educational experience. This must be evidenced through the submission of a CV detailing relevant work experience and professional achievements.

Standard Entry Criteria

Admission, entry, selection, and enrolment into programmes will be in accordance with the Academic Regulations and/or, where approved, specific programme regulations.

English language requirements

IELTS Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5 or completed New Zealand Certificate in English Language Level 4 with the Academic Endorsement or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined by NZQA.

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Course Locations and Intake Information

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Study options

  • 1 year full-time, including holidays (if applicable)
  • Study face-to-face on campus at set times plus online learning
  • Part-time study available

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Further Study Options

Courses Offered at Toi Ohomai

Courses Currently Under Development at Toi Ohomai, or Offered at Other Institutions

  • further postgraduate studies at Level 8 and above.