Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health

Address the social, economic and other factors that shape individual and community health and wellbeing with AUT’s Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health.

In just two semesters you’ll build your understanding of the key elements of public health, with an emphasis on community health and development.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health may be right for you if you’re passionate about promoting health, tackling social and health inequities, or advancing community wellbeing. It could also be a good fit if you're considering a career in public health, or are already in the field and seeking a tertiary-level qualification.

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Minimum entry requirements

Completed one of the following:

  • Relevant bachelor’s degree
  • Relevant graduate diploma

International student entry requirements

Other requirements

May be admitted on the basis of a relevant professional qualification or professional experience approved by the Dean (or representative) to be equivalent to a bachelor’s degree.

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.5 overall with no band less than 6.0

English language requirements

This programme aims to advance community wellbeing. It covers the social, economic, cultural, educational, environmental and other factors that underpin individual and community health. Topics you’ll study include principles of public health, social epidemiology, public health policy and systems and Te Hau o te Ora Hauora Māori Development.

The programme is also committed to the principles of equity, social justice and empowerment, as well as community participation and ownership. All courses are offered via flexible learning, including a mix of block courses on campus and online, or blended learning.

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Skills you will develop in the Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health

The outcomes for graduates of the Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health are outlined in the Graduate Profile below.

Graduate Profile

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.

Quick facts
Programme code:
0.5 years full-time / part-time available
South Campus
3 Mar 2025

Key semester dates
$5,303 (for 60 points)
($4,730 tuition fees + $573 student services levy)
$21,573 (for 60 points)
($21,000 tuition fees + $573 student services levy)
  • Fees shown are based on a full-time workload for the points indicated next to the fee. The exact fee charged will depend on which courses you select at the time of enrolment.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year. If you are planning for study beyond the current year, fees may vary from those stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay.
  • International students' tuition fees reflect the full cost of tuition. Domestic students' tuition fees are less due to a proportion of the tuition fees being funded by the New Zealand Government.

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