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Key to the tables

P Prerequisite: Course(s) you must complete to a defined standard (or have waived) before your enrolment in another course is confirmed.

C Corequisite: Course(s) that must be completed in the same semester as another course, unless already passed or waived.

R Restriction: Similar courses, that cannot both be credited to the same qualification.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health

Qualification Regulations

Part I

These regulations are to be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, and Postgraduate Certificates.

Part II


1. Admission to the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health requires that the candidate will:

(a) meet the University admission requirements as specified; and

(b) have been awarded or qualified for a relevant Bachelor's degree or equivalent.

Qualification Requirements

2. Candidates for the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health shall follow a programme of study, which shall consist of 700-level courses totalling at least 120 credits, comprising:

(a) courses as listed in the Schedule for the Qualification;

and including:

(b) any compulsory courses listed in the Schedule for the Qualification; and

(c) attendance at Contact Workshops, block courses, field trips, studios, workshops, tutorials, laboratories and practical work as required.


3. The Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health is awarded without a specialisation.

Student Progression

4. In cases of sufficient merit, the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health may be awarded with distinction or merit.

Completion Requirements

5. The timeframes for completion as outlined in the General Regulations for Postgraduate Qualifications will apply. Candidates may be graduated when they meet the Admission, Qualification and Academic requirements within the prescribed timeframes.

Unsatisfactory Academic Progress

6. The general Unsatisfactory Academic Progress regulations will apply.

Transitional Provisions

7. Subject to the Maximum Time to Completion and Abandonment of Studies provision specified in the Part I regulations for the degree, all candidates enrolled in the Postgraduate Diploma Public Health prior to 1 January 2022, who have successfully completed 30 credits of elective courses, may substitute these for 231.704. Candidates who have successfully completed 15 credits of elective courses are permitted to complete a further 15 credit elective course and substitute this, together with the elective course already taken, for 231.704. The 15 credits must be at 700-level from either the 231, 250, 251 or 252 discipline area, excluding those courses from the 231 discipline already in the Schedule.

8. Candidates who have successfully completed 231.730 and 231.731 may substitute these for 231.727. Candidates who have only completed 231.730 are permitted to take 231.731, and then substitute 231.730 and 231.731 for 231.727.

9. These transition arrangements expire 31 December 2025.

Schedule for the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health

Compulsory courses (120 credits from)

231.704 Hauora Māori 30 credits

231.725 Foundations of Public Health 15 credits
R 231701

231.726 Health Systems and Policy 15 credits
R 231701

231.727 Epidemiology and Biostatistics 30 credits
R 231730 and 231731

231.728 Public Health Practice 15 credits

231.729 Qualitative and Participatory Research in Public Health 15 credits