Executive Education: Graduate Diploma in Business focusing on Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing (OSHW)

Occupational health, safety and wellbeing is more than slips, trips and falls; it’s about managing health, safety and wellbeing in complex, dynamic work environments and changing demographics.

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The AUT Business School’s Graduate Diploma in Business focusing on Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing provides managers with new and innovative ways of integrating OHSW and risk management systems to tackle present and future risks, create transformational change, and improve productivity.

This level 7 qualification comprises 120 points (8 papers). The programme will be offered in block courses to meet industry needs. You will be able to pursue postgraduate level (Postgraduate Diploma/Masters) studies after completing the GradDipBus if you meet the entry criteria.

Who is this programme for? 

The Graduate Diploma focusing on Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing is aimed at professionals within organisations who are:

  • Looking at transitioning into a management position in OHS
  • Looking for accreditation for existing practical knowledge
  • Required to manage their organisation’s internal occupational health and safety

The programme is open to domestic and international students.

What makes the programme unique?

The programme has been designed in collaboration with the Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Research (COHSR) and in consultation with the Health and Safety Association of New Zealand (HASANZ). The programme is interdisciplinary and linked to key management competencies such as: organisational behaviour, operations management and human resource management, including the wellbeing of employees and organisations. You will acquire management tools, within the context of new and changing forms of work, to create resilient individuals and organisations.

Topics covered

The programme investigates current and future issues in OHSW and will be consolidated through an applied project. The topics covered include leadership for change, risk management, training & development, health & safety law, employment regulations & dispute resolution, and occupational stress & resilience. You will explore the lessons learned from New Zealand’s poor occupational health and safety record in industries such as forestry and construction, and from the Pike River Coal Mine disaster which has influenced the new Occupational Health and Safety legislation, policy and practice reforms.

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OHSW is fundamentally about looking to the future and creating safer and healthier people, organisations and communities. You will gain a better understanding of how to manage OHSW at all levels of the organisation for positive transformational change. You will also enhance your skill set to enable you to be more proactive and responsive to evolving issues, provide OHSW leadership, engage others and manage OHSW in complex and challenging work environments through innovative and relevant frameworks.

The Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Research 


The Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Research is proud to support the Graduate Diploma in Business focusing on Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing. Established in 2010, AUT’s Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Research (COHSR) is New Zealand’s premier research and teaching hub for inclusive, industry-led coalitions representing multiple stakeholders, including regulators, researchers, educators and trainers. It is also New Zealand’s only multidisciplinary OHS research centre with a mission to build a healthier and safer future.

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Further information

AUT Business School Executive Education

Phone: (09) 921 9999 ext. 5510
Email: execdev@aut.ac.nz

Last updated: 31-May-2017 1.17pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.