Health Sciences provides students with the opportunity to create positive change in their communities that will benefit the health of the population. It examines the non-clinical health sector and areas of significant need in health sciences, including health education and promotion, policies and decision making, health information technologies, and public health intervention.
UC's postgraduate Health Sciences qualifications give health professionals, non-clinical members of the health workforce, and others interested in the health sector the opportunity to critically examine a range of significant issues in health sciences, and to improve their professional practice.
Many graduates continue to work within their health profession, while others work in health-related fields, the social services, or local or central government.
Some postgraduate programmes at UC offer interdisciplinary programmes that follow a general course of study in Health Sciences, while others offer specialised studies in particular areas, for example in health information systems, policies, environmental factors for health, nursing, and palliative care.
UC’s postgraduate Health Sciences programmes require at least a bachelor’s degree in a relevant area to health sciences with good grades, or another appropriate health professional qualification.
See the individual qualification pages for full entry requirements details.
UC offers the following postgraduate programmes in health sciences and related areas:
- Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Teaching
- Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Studies
- Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences
- Postgraduate Certificate in Palliative Care
- Postgraduate Certificate in Sport Science
- Postgraduate Diploma in Child and Family Psychology
- Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology
- Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
- Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences
- Postgraduate Diploma in Sport Science
- Master of Arts in Child and Family Psychology
- Master of Counselling
- Master of Health Sciences (research-based degree)
- Master of Health Sciences Professional Practice (coursework-based degree)
- Master of Science in Child and Family Psychology
- Master of Science in Speech and Language Sciences
- Master of Spatial Analysis for Public Health
- Master of Speech and Language Pathology
- Master of Sport Science
- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Sciences
- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Speech and Language Sciences
Some of these programmes also offer endorsement subject options in specialised areas of Health Sciences.
See the individual qualification pages for more information on courses.
The Health sector is constantly in need of new graduates, and students will find their knowledge and skills suited to areas such as educational and promotional programmes in schools and communities, sport and recreation, government, community health providers, and other civil and non-clinical health services.
Graduates will be particularly suited to further health sciences research, technology, governance, and analysis to improve the delivery and outcomes of health services for Aotearoa New Zealand and beyond.
These courses will also help experienced health professionals to extend their knowledge and skills, and to prepare for new career opportunities.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Health Sciences.
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