Health Care Ethics - Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science

Want to advance your understanding of health law and ethics in as little as one semester? Study the AUT Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science in Health Care Ethics.

Today’s high-pressure healthcare environment creates complex ethical and legal problems. However, health professionals don't always have sufficient knowledge and skills to deal confidently and effectively with these challenges. Our courses in ethics and health law address this gap.

You may be able to credit 60 points towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science, Master of Health Science or Master of Health Practice.

This is part of the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science.

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You need a total of 60 points to complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science.

Complete the following courses

And complete



Practice as a health professional in New Zealand is governed by legislation and a number of ‘Responsible Authorities’ (such as the NZ Psychologist Board, Physiotherapy Board and the Nursing Council who register practitioners). Overseas qualified health professionals who wish to practise in New Zealand should communicate directly with the relevant Responsible Authority. Qualifications recognised for professional registration at AUT are undergraduate; study at postgraduate level is not considered equivalent recognition for NZ Board certification.

Key features
  • Prepares health professionals for dealing with complex ethical and legal problems
  • Courses cover ethics and health law
  • Open to all qualified health professionals
  • Flexible study options, including on-campus block courses and online learning

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