Older Adult Health and Wellness: postgraduate papers and qualifications you can study

This page has the postgraduate older adult health and wellness papers and qualifications that you can study at AUT. See links to paper descriptions and outlines of each qualification.

Who can study older adult health and wellness at postgraduate level?

The AUT Older Adult: Health and Wellness specialisation will appeal to the wide range of practitioners working in health promotion, health maintenance, and healthcare services across the care continuum. A health promotion and rehabilitation focus runs through all aspects of the course. Its flexible structure offers opportunities for both discipline-specific and interprofessional learning.

The Older Adult: Health and Wellness specialisation within AUT's health programmes is open to all qualified health professionals. Students will come from a range of professional backgrounds: nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech language therapists, dieticians, psychotherapists, exercise scientists, social workers, doctors, podiatrists and oral health practitioners. Because of the applied clinical nature of this programme it is envisioned that during the programme these students will continue to practice within the specialty area of older adult health.

Provided you meet the entry requirements, you can enter the AUT older adult health and wellness at the postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma or master’s degree level.

Below is a summary only. Detailed information sheets for each paper can be downloaded or printed from the More Information web page.

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Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science in Older Adult: Health and Wellness (AK3484) 60 points

The PgCertHSc provides you with the opportunity to undertake an approved course of study to advance your specialty discipline, knowledge and scholarly development. This programme can contribute 60 points towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science*, Master of Health Science or Master of Health Practice.

You complete the following papers:
HEAL842 Contexts of Ageing (30 points)
HEAL843 Interdisciplinary Practice with Older Adults (30 points)

More information on these papers is under our Older Adult: Health and Wellness More Information section.

Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science in Older Adult: Health and Wellness (AK3487) 120 points

The PgDipHSc is a coursework programme which can lead into the Master of Health Science or Master of Health Practice. It provides you with the opportunity to undertake an approved course of study to advance your specialty discipline, knowledge and scholarly development.

Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science in Older Adult: Health and Wellness papers* (60 points)

And select one research paper:
HEAL840 Critical Inquiry for Evidence Based Practice^ (15 points)
HEAL811 Integrative Research (15 points)

Select one professional paper:
HEAL812 Health Professional Practice (15 points)
HEAL813 Practice Reality (15 points)

Complete the following specialty core paper:
HEAL841 Cognitive Health in Ageing (15 points)

And select one paper from:
HEAL801 Disability and Health (15 points)
SPEX803 Exercise Physiology (15 points)
SPSC803 Enhancing Muscular Performance (15 points)
SPSC804 Applied Human Movement Studies (15 points)
HEAL844 Activity Health and Nutrition for Older Persons (15 points)
NURS804 Science for Advanced Practice# (30 Points)
RHAB805 Concepts of Rehabilitation (15 points)
RHAB807 Motor Control in Rehabilitation (15 points)
RHAB809 Stroke Managementt (15 points)
RHAB816 Participation and Health (30 points)
MAOH802 Taunga a Mahi Hauora Māori – Māori Health Practice (30 points)
HEAL824 Advanced Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning (30 points)

More information on these papers is under our Older Adult: Health and Wellness More Information section.

Master of Health Science*** (AK3485) 240 points

The MHSc provides an opportunity for graduates from a variety of health backgrounds to advance their scholarly and professional knowledge in an interprofessional and collegial learning environment, and to develop research capabilities. This degree comprises core and specialist papers and a thesis or dissertation, which gives you the opportunity to complete research relevant to your programme of study.

Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science in Older Adult: Health and Wellness papers (120 points)

And:
HEAL999 Thesis** (120 points)

Within this subject area other relevant optional papers may be undertaken with the approval of the Associate Dean Postgraduate. Optional papers may be selected from other relevant subject areas.

Doctor of Health Science

The Doctor of Health Science (DHSc) is designed for health professionals with at least five years’ professional experience who wish to broaden their professional practice competency and expertise. It comprises of papers and research development, which culminates in a thesis.

Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree is undertaken by research only. There is no compulsory coursework involved. The PhD is an advanced postgraduate degree that is particularly suitable for students wishing to pursue an academic or research career. A successful candidate will make a significant original contribution to the body of knowledge in relation to a contemporary issue in health and environmental research. Students will have supervisors to guide and advise them, with one assigned as the primary supervisor.

What the symbols mean

Flexible learning options may be available. This involves online, block course or distance learning (subject to change).
# Recommended for nurse practitioner route.
^ For non research-thesis pathway.
*A Postgraduate Certificate must be surrendered in order to claim full credits towards a Postgraduate Diploma. Please refer to the AUT Calendar for further details regarding Recognition of Prior Learning
** If completing a 120 point thesis, you need to have completed either: Qualitative Research II OR Quantitative Research II.
*** Unendorsed

Last updated: 30-Aug-2017 9.04am

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