If you're passionate about promoting good nutrition and advocating for healthy lifestyle choices, particularly in how nutrition and wellbeing can affect whānau and communities, our new health science diploma is for you.
The health and wellbeing industry needs more professionals who can apply their scientific knowledge of the human body to assist people in the prevention of lifestyle-based health issues.
This course will prepare you for a career in the health, lifestyle, nutrition and wellness industries. It's also a great pathway to higher education if you’re aiming to become an allied or Māori health professional - such as a dental therapist, dietician, physiotherapist, occupational therapist and many more, all of which are in high demand in our region.
Upon successfully completing the requirements you'll receive the award of:
- New Zealand Diploma in Health Science (Level 5)
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1 year full-time, including holidays (if applicable)
Offered online or partly online
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Graduates will be prepared for careers in the health, lifestyle, nutrition and wellness industries.
This course also provides a foundation for higher learning opportunities in the allied health professions covered by the Health Practitioner Competence Assurance Act 2003 (dental therapists, dieticians, medical scientists, medical radiation/imaging technologists, occupational therapists, pharmacists, physiotherapists, podiatrists, psychologists and psychotherapists as an example), and those therapy professions acknowledged in the act such as social work, speech language therapy, orthotists/productionists, music and other arts therapy.
Topics you'll cover
This course includes a high level of Māori health content and includes the following:
- Māori concepts of health including hauora and mauri ora, and health and environment
- Māori models of health such as Te Pae Mahutonga
- Social determinants of health, including health inequities
- Mental health
- Mate hinengaro
- Māori development
- Māori identity
- Lifestyle and nutrition
- Te Reo Māori hei Reo Tiaki (the language of caring)
- Working with Māori communities
- Māori health promotion
- Models of health administration and service development
- Political, social, economic and legal influences
- Rights of the client
- Māori, regional specific/iwi partnership
- Codes of care, ethics, and practice
- Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (HPCA) 2003
- Professional bodies and obligations
- Policy and strategy review and alignment to Te Tiriti O Waitangi
- Communication skills
- Anatomy and Physiology
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Help with fees
Are you Eligible for Free Fees?
There are two ways you can take advantage of free fees. One is through Toi Ohomai’s range of free courses. These are separate to the government’s ‘fees free’ initiative so you don’t need to check your eligibility in relation to fees – simply apply in the normal way and we’ll take it from there.
The other is through the government’s ‘fees free’ initiative: If you’re starting tertiary study for the first time you might be eligible for a year’s worth of free fees. Find out more in our FAQ about the government’s fees free initiative.
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.
Find out more and apply at studylink.govt.nz
Scholarships are one way you might be able to get some financial help. Any scholarships specifically related to this course are shown below, otherwise check out the full list of scholarships promoted by Toi Ohomai.
Course Entry Information
For Levels 5, 6 and 7 certificate or diploma, domestic students under 20 and all international students must have:
NCEA Level 2 with passes in English/Te Reo Māori or education achievement at least equivalent to NCEA Level 2 and a minimum of 42 credits at level 3; OR
Evidence of ability to complete academic requirements for the programme.
Due to the work-integrated components of the course that may take place in community health organisations, applicants must:
- provide two character references. These should be from persons in positions of trust such as an employer, teacher, pastor, kaumātua or kuia. References from family, friends or work colleagues will not be accepted;
- declare, in confidence, if you have had a criminal conviction at any time in the past;
- provide a signed consent form that allows Toi Ohomai to check your record of convictions on entry, during and prior to completing the diploma. You will be accepted only after the police check is processed; and
- attend an individual interview if you’ve had any criminal convictions.
English language requirements
Level 5 certificate or diploma IELTS Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language Level 4 with the Academic Endorsement or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined by NZQA.
Course Locations and Intake Information
Intakes to be confirmed Ask to be notified when the next intake becomes available
- 1 year full-time, including holidays (if applicable)
- Offered online or partly online
Further Study Options
Courses Offered at Toi Ohomai
Courses Currently Under Development at Toi Ohomai, or Offered at Other Institutions
- Bachelor of Health Science (AUT University)