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PGDipHSc
Postgraduate Diploma of Health Science

By studying a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science, you will gain a pathway into advanced clinical practice, leadership and management roles.

Papers offered in the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences provide a specific focus on equity in health care for Māori, Pacific, mental health and addiction, primary and community health.

Combining Waikato’s high academic standards with real healthcare settings, our programmes are unique and customisable. They have been developed to allow registered nurses to better meet the needs of the people in the Midlands region.

Māori and Pasifika nurses are also able to undertake study that supports and develops their clinical and cultural practice and leadership development using indigenous worldviews.

Registered Nurse Prescribing Pathway
By undertaking specific papers within the PGDip Health Science and completing a prescribing practicum, students will have the opportunity to gain endorsement as registered nurse prescribers. Registered nurse prescribers are able to prescribe specific medicines.

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Key information

Years: 1 year (full-time study)
Points: 120
Study Locations:Hamilton
Start Dates: Trimester A (February) and Trimester B (July)
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
Area of Study:

Degree Planner

Degree planner — Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science

This degree planner applies to study in 2021.

1 year (120 points)

500 level Health Sciences papers (at least 90 points)

500 level Elective papers (max 30 points)

  • Elective

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Graduate study options

MHSc, DHSc and PhD.


Registered Nurses can apply for the PGDip Health Science (Registered Nurse Prescribing) pathway. Students will complete specific papers and a prescribing practicum (HLTSC508). On completion they will have the opportunity to gain endorsement as registered nurse prescribers from the Nursing Council NZ (NCNZ). In order to undertake this programme you will need to meet NCNZ criteria and have support from your employer.