Training and Qualifications Pathway for Public Health Careers

There are three main entry points into public health careers:

  • Community experience – no tertiary qualifications
  • School leavers
  • Other careers, eg, social workers, teachers, nurses.

Any of these may go into tertiary qualifications, or New Zealand public health qualifications. People with community experience or from other careers may also be able to go straight into public health careers. Tertiary qualifications can lead onto public health qualifications, and either of these can lead into public health careers.

People may also go back and achieve a public health qualification after they are already in a public health career. There is also issues based training, eg, certificates in injury prevention or community nutrition, that can be helpful before or after someone has entered a public health career, and can lead into beginning a public health qualification.

Tertiary qualifications

Examples of some prior qualifications on which further public health qualifications can be built

Undergraduate degrees eg,

  • Bachelor of Medicine (Otago or Auckland)
  • Bachelor of Science (range of tertiary providers)
  • Bachelor of Nursing (range of tertiary providers)
  • Bachelor of Consumer and Applied Science (Otago)
  • Bachelor of Science – Nutrition (Otago)
  • Bachelor of Science – Human Nutrition (Massey)
  • Bachelor of Arts (range of tertiary providers)
  • Bachelor of Health Science (range of universities)

Examples of other undergraduate qualifications include Community Health Certificates from a range of institutions, such as wananga and tertiary training institutes.

Public health qualifications in New Zealand

Post Graduate

  • Doctor of Philosophy in public health
  • Masters in Public Health (Universities of Auckland, Massey, Otago)
  • Master of Māori Health with public health specialty (range of tertiary institutions)
  • Master of Health Science with public health specialty (range of tertiary institutions)
  • Masters Public Policy (Universities of Massey, Victoria)
  • Post Graduate Master of Health Management (Otago)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Health Management (Otago)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health (Universities of Auckland, Massey, Otago)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Māori Health with public health specialty (range of tertiary institutions)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Health Science with public health specialty (range of tertiary institutions)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Public Health (Auckland, Otago)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Māori Health with public health specialty (range of tertiary institutions)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Health Science with public health specialty (range of tertiary institutions)

Tertiary undergraduate degrees

  • Bachelor of Health Promotion (AUT University)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science, Health Protection (AUT University)
  • Bachelor Health Science with public health focus (range of tertiary institutions)
  • Bachelor of Health Science with public health focus (range of institutions)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Public Health (Auckland)
  • Bachelor of Health Science, Environmental Health (Massey)
  • Bachelor of Health Studies with public health speciality (Te Wananga O Raukawa)

Tertiary non-degrees

  • Certificate in Health Promotion – distance taught (Otago)
  • Certificate of Health Promotion – short course (Manukau Institute of Technology)
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