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Violence and Trauma Studies - Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science

Study the AUT Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science in Violence and Trauma Studies, and in as little as one year you can explore different approaches to respond to violence and trauma in our communities and to assist with healing, individually and collectively.

The violence and trauma studies programme is aimed at professionals working with children, young people, adults, families and whānau experiencing interpersonal violence and trauma, drug and alcohol issues, mental health issues, and disability issues.

This postgraduate diploma caters to a wide range of ‘people professionals’ - community agency workers, social workers, counsellors, psychotherapists, probation officers, refugee workers, the military, the police, marae and iwi services, prison workers, teachers, occupational therapists, Civil Defence, health workers, health promoters and first responder emergency services.


This is part of the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science.

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The violence and trauma studies programme considers Māori and Western approaches to healing from violence and trauma. It's designed to help students develop a robust structural analysis of violence and the wider operations of power in society.

The programme can prepare you for further study at the 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.

You need a total of 120 points to complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science. You can select courses that reflect your career needs and interests.

Courses are taught in two block courses, usually run in March and August each year.

Complete the following courses

And select one professional course

And select one research course

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
  • Focuses on violence and trauma in homes and communities as well as in nations
  • Open to both experienced professionals and recently graduated undergraduate students
  • Close links to the National Institute for Public Health and Mental Health Research
  • Can be tailored to your needs and interests

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

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