Health Care Ethics - Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science

Advance your understanding of health law and ethics with the AUT Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science in Health Care Ethics in as little as one year.

Today's health professionals don't always possess sufficient knowledge and skills to deal confidently and effectively with the complex ethical and legal problems they often face. Our papers in ethics and health law address this gap, seamlessly combining scholarly inquiry with practical application.

The programme can prepare you for further study at master’s level. It's a great postgraduate study option if you have been out of study for some time, or are unsure if postgraduate study is for you.

This is part of the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science.

Start date: 2020

Start date: 2021

You need a total of 120 points to complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science.

Complete the following papers

And complete



And select one research paper

Select one professional paper


Select 30 points from papers approved by programme leader including Specialist Readings if not taken previously.

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
  • Papers cover ethics and health law
  • Open to all qualified health professionals
  • Flexible study options, including on-campus block courses and online learning

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