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 explore different approaches to reduce violence in our communities and assist with healing from trauma.

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 programme caters for a wide range of ‘people professionals’ - community agency workers, social workers, counsellors, group workers, psychotherapists, probation officers, refugee workers, the military, the police, marae and iwi agencies, prison workers, teachers, occupational therapists, peace workers, nurses, Civil Defence, ethnic health workers, health promoters, first responder emergency services, church workers, occupational therapists and activists. It's also suitable for those working with trauma and abuse victims, family violence workers, drug and alcohol addiction, mental health, disability, and children’s safety programmes.


This is part of the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science.

Start date: 2021

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

Papers are taught in two block courses, usually run in March and August each year:

  • COMH801: March and August
  • COMH805: March
  • COMH802: August
  • COMH804: August

Complete the following papers

And select one professional paper

And select one research paper

And complete the following papers

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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