Diploma in Health Sciences
Through the Diploma in Health Sciences (DipHealSc), you will understand the principles and practices of health promotion. Learn about how you can be part of driving the change for a healthier Aotearoa, and empower our communities to take health back on their own terms and increase access to services.
The Diploma in Health Sciences (DipHealSc) is an ideal option to add health promotion knowledge to your studies or career, or as a pathway to the Bachelor of Health Sciences.
- Take six compulsory courses alongside two elective courses in an area of your choice ranging from physical activity and nutrition, to Māori and Indigenous development.
- Complete your studies in on year full-time, or up to four years part-time.
- The Diploma is a great pathway to other UC degrees including the Bachelor of Health Sciences.
Diploma in Health Sciences – example degree structure
Each small block represents a 15-point course. However, some courses may be 30 points or more.
This diagram is an example only – other combinations are possible. For specific course requirements, see the Regulations for the Diploma in Health Sciences.
The DipHealSc is made up of 120 points, which includes six compulsory courses, and two elective courses in an area of choice.
You can begin your studies in either February or July, and can take one year full-time, or up to four years part-time to complete.
You may also choose to transfer any completed courses to the Bachelor of Health Sciences during study.
The Diploma in Health Sciences includes introductory courses in health promotion, and elective courses to focus your studies on a specific health area of interest.
See 'How do I plan my diploma?' above for an example degree structure diagram.
The health sector needs more graduates to cope with rising needs, which means there are many different roles to help improve services and systems, and raise awareness.
Some career pathways could include:
- Health promotion
- Wellbeing coordinator
- Community health worker
- Health education.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.
For the full degree requirements, see the Regulations for the Diploma in Health Sciences.
For study planning help, contact a Student Advisor.
For more information on facilities, resources, and staff, see Te Kaupeka Oranga | Faculty of Health.