Study public health and health promotion
QualificationNew Zealand Certificate in Public Health and Health Promotion (Level 5)Programme code: NZ1865
Online plus workshops and tutorials at MIT Manukau
International feesNot available to international students
Learn how to identify the determinants of health and find solutions to health inequalities facing Māori, Pasifika and other population groups in Aotearoa.
Build practical skills to design, implement and evaluate public health initiatives by creating your own health promotion project.
Customise your coursework to focus on your specific area of practice or your particular community of interest.
Learning will be through a mixture of online learning resources, workshops and workplace experience, allowing flexibility for part-time study while still working. Applicants are invited to apply from anywhere in Aotearoa.
Click here for more information and to see full graduate outcomes for this programme.
You’ll be supported to succeed throughout your health journey. At the Manukau campus, you will have access to Kaiawhina, a Pasifika support person, a Whānau and an Mā Tātou room.
If you are Māori or Pasifika, find out how you could be supported on your MIT journey with Te Ara Oranga.
Scholarship opportunities. There are also several scholarships available to Māori and Pasifika studying towards a health qualification. Register with Kia Ora Hauora and get access to their comprehensive scholarship database.
Other programme information:
- IT requirements. To complete this qualification you will need to have access to a computer and the internet to retrieve course materials, undertake assessments and to participate in course online activities.
Please note: Although the Government vaccine mandate for health and disability workers ended on 11:59pm 26 September 2022, some employers can still require workers to be vaccinated due to their responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work Act. Placement is a compulsory component of MIT’s healthcare programmes. To go on placement in this sector, students will need to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination to MIT. Students that hold a medical exemption that prevents them from being vaccinated are permitted to work in the healthcare sector, but will have limited placement opportunities in that sector. Students that are not vaccinated, or that do not wish to share their vaccination status with MIT, may not be able to go on placement in the healthcare sector. If you hold a medical exemption, or if you are unable or unwilling to provide proof of vaccination to MIT, your placement opportunities will accordingly be limited and MIT cannot guarantee availability with placement providers. If this applies to you, we encourage you to contact us to discuss your options.
Applicants must meet the following criteria for admission into the programme:
Entry for adult learners is open, subject to the learner meeting minimum literacy and numeracy requirements, sufficient to enable them to successfully complete the programme of study and/or training such as a level 4 qualification;
Learners who have left secondary school within two years of enrolling in a programme that leads to the award of this qualification, are required to have achieved a minimum of 40 credits at NCEA level 3, or equivalent.
Applicants are required to attend an interview to determine their suitability for the programme. During the interview the applicant will be assessed against the requirements of the Faculty’s policy for students accessing placements in the health context in terms of their suitability for placement in the public health sector, working with vulnerable populations including children and their motivation and suitability for future work in the public health context.
English language entry requirements
Applicants must have sufficient competence in the English language to undertake this programme which is taught and assessed in English. This will be demonstrated by meeting the current NZQA requirements.
International students: English language entry requirements
For the minimum English language requirements refer to the requirements set out in the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/providers-partners/qa-system-for-teos/english-international-students/
Have English language competence to undertake this programme which is taught and assessed in English. Any applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an-overall IELTS (Academic) band score of 6.0 (with no score below 6.0) or equivalent achieved within the preceding 2 years.
Applicants of this programme will need to undergo police vetting and safety review process to meet the requirements of the Vulnerable Children’s Act. Immune status requirements as per industry needs.
Special & discretionary admission
Any ākonga who is 20 years of age or older and has not reached the general admission requirements for their intended programme is eligible for Special Admission. Te Pūkenga works with the ākonga to ensure they are prepared for their intended programme. Any ākonga who is not yet 20 years of age and has not reached the general admission requirements for their intended programme may be eligible for Discretionary Admission. In assessing whether to grant Discretionary Admission, the delegated authority focuses on the applicant’s level of preparedness for their intended programme.
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You will need to complete the below six courses (60 credits):
721.503 Health in the context of Aotearoa (10 credits)
You will analyse health inequities in New Zealand based on an understanding of the determinants of health in New Zealand.
721.504 Public health (10 credits)
You will identify opportunities to promote and protect public health based on an understanding of the influence of public health policy, public health advocacy and the scope of public health disciplines and functions.
721.505 Health promotion (15 credits)
In this course you will design, implement, and evaluate health promotion initiatives, underpinned by the Treaty of Waitangi and public health/health promotion frameworks and strategies.
721.506 Building relationships (10 credits)
In this course you will build and maintain relationships with Māori, Pacific, and/or other peoples who are least advantaged in New Zealand, using culturally appropriate values, processes and protocols in order to improve their health and to address inequities.
721.507 Evidence-based practice (5 credits)
You will use available research findings and evaluation evidence to improve own public health practice.
731.501 Hauroa Māori (10 credits)
In this course you will relate knowledge of the history of Māori as tangata whenua and client-whānau interconnectedness to their own culturally competent practice.
Do you want to study a single course, without enrolling into the full programme?
Courses within some of our programmes may be offered as an individual Certificate of Proficiency (COP). Programme entry requirements and course fees apply. For more information, please speak to our friendly Ask Me! team.
Settings for public health and health promotion practitioners include:
- Regional public health and immunisation programmes
- Breast screening, cervical screening campaigns
- Youth Health
- Gambling and addictions
- Family violence
- Rainbow Health
- Environmental health
Graduates of this programme may choose to apply for entry to a bachelor's degree in public health or health sciences.
For potential salaries visit careers.govt.nz.
"I am honored to serve as a Ministerial Adviser at Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand, and I credit my journey to the transformative power of studying public health and health promotion at MIT | Te Pūkenga.
Public health and health promotion are important fields that focus on improving and protecting the health of populations. These areas of study aim to prevent diseases, promote healthy behaviours, and address various health challenges on a broader scale.
Embracing the principles of public health, I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the New Zealand health sector. Through my studies, I have developed a keen understanding of health determinants and have actively worked towards addressing health inequalities faced by diverse communities, including Māori and Pasifika.
MIT offers an online study program that effectively enabled me to pursue full-time employment while simultaneously engaging in academic pursuits. The online format has proven to be highly conducive to my circumstances, allowing me to seamlessly integrate work and study. I found the teaching process to be exceptional, characterized by high-quality instruction and an effective learning environment.
This program provided me with the opportunity to engage in comprehensive learning while managing other commitments. I have also leveraged my learnings to create my own impactful health promotion project, which showcased my ability to innovate and apply evidence-based approaches.
The unwavering support I received from the Manukau campus, including the invaluable guidance of teachers, a dedicated Pasifika support person, and the nurturing environment of the whānau has played a pivotal role in my success.
The qualification from MIT not only bolstered my professional credentials but also instilled in me the confidence and expertise necessary to navigate the complexities of health governance and provide valuable advice to decision-makers in the ministry.
Use your education to advocate for equitable access to healthcare and work towards reducing disparities in health outcomes among different population groups. As I continue to tread this path, my commitment remains unwavering—to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals and communities. I express heartfelt gratitude to MIT for providing me with the platform to realize my aspirations.
Together, let us forge a healthier and more equitable Aotearoa."
“This programme is value-based and aligned with my personal and professional ambitions. I have always taken an interest in health and I want to give back to the community that helped me flourish. I believe that more Rangatahi are needed in these spaces to help reconstruct a health workforce that is fair.
A career in public health and health promotion offers a wide scope of job opportunities. You can work in different spaces such as in education, communities, the public sector, hospitals, research, policy, and healthcare organisations. If empowering communities, promoting health initiatives, and preventing health inequities and diseases are important to you – this programme would be the perfect fit for you.
I chose MIT | Te Pūkenga when I learned of their blended learning approach and MIT’s Category One rating. It is flexible, practical and logical which enabled a successful learning journey for me. I definitely valued and embraced the multi-ethnic learning space which introduced me to different worldviews and quality discussions. The smaller classroom environments allow more engagement and effective learning; one-on-one time with the lecturer is guaranteed. My lecturer in particular was very supportive, inspiring, and brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to this programme. The learning content was exceptional – it kept me engaged, challenged, and helped fuel my passion for public health and health promotion. No day was the same which was exciting because it kept me curious. We gained invaluable insights from guest speakers (Mental Health Foundation, Child Poverty Action Group, and Work Safe) – community engagement, health and safety, strong policy submissions and a human rights-centred approach were a few of the significant takeaways.
I enjoyed my last project the most because I was able to hone my creative skills by designing a health promotion campaign. Graphics and marketing are key when displaying health information. I developed my professionalism, interpersonal skills, problem-solving and time-management skills. The industry placement is an opportunity to improve your skillset and engage in meaningful work.
I made good use of the academic learning support services at MIT. I got to know my lecturers which made it easier to communicate concerns about the learning content or meeting deadlines. The team of librarians, the Career and Employment Services (CES) and Te Ara Oranga were super helpful. They offer effective learning tools to help you manage your time and workload. If you need help with writing your resume or cover letter and preparing for an interview – CES will help you. Also, there are counsellors if you need advice or someone to talk to.
The staff are amazing and actually care about your wellbeing and studies.
It is the best learning institute in South Auckland.”
“I whole heartily endorse the MIT | Te Pūkenga certificate in public health and health promotion as supporting vital skills for the health and wellbeing of Aotearoa/NZ.
The skills and perspectives the certificate offered equip students to contribute across the range of activities that support communities.
As a leader in the sector, I have happily employed MIT graduates and watched them blossom in the workforce.
We will never solve health issues by waiting for people to become unwell and trying to ‘fix them’ one person at a time – we need strong connected communities based on fair equitable systems and the certificate in public health and health promotion supports students to help make that happen.”
Chief Executive | Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand
“I am now a peer support coordinator, coordinating peer group facilitators and a drop-in centre to help create a safe space for rainbow rangatahi. I support the planning and organising of events and activities, and community education on gender and sexuality.
I chose to study at MIT | Te Pūkenga as the certificate was a convenient way to be introduced to the topics of public health and health promotion. It was part-time study that I could complete while working. I really liked that it was online study with some in-person days, the combination of flexibility with some face-to-face instruction was great. It is a very broad and valuable subject that introduces you to new perspectives on health that you may not have considered. The knowledge and skills you gain are widely applicable, the lecturers were all lovely and knowledgeable on the topics, and the assignments were varied and interesting.
Before the certificate, I was working as a receptionist at a holiday park. I was very interested in learning more about health promotion as I wanted to work in sexuality education and sexual health. I had no knowledge of the determinants of health or different models of health and wellbeing. What I learned has been extremely helpful in peer support and helping young people set goals and connect to services that will help them in all areas of wellbeing. It has also helped with the education and health promotion aspect of my job as a peer support coordinator. I also learned a lot of transferable skills such as writing and communication skills, improved my abilities with PowerPoint and Canva, and learned about effective evaluation of programmes and initiatives.
While studying I completed a work placement with Dear EM. MIT found the placement for me after asking what I was interested in. I learned valuable skills and gained insight into how organisations work. I was given the freedom to help out in a lot of areas including social media posts, research, briefing papers, and helping at a stall at a university event. It was very helpful in applying learned skills.
Having the knowledge I gained from studying at MIT has just helped me to feel more confident in my role. I have theoretical knowledge and practical skills to apply to different aspects of my role. This certificate in public health was a great foundation for this further study. In 5 years’ time, I’d love to be working for the Ministry of Health in a policy or advisory position to do with community wellbeing with a focus on rainbow communities, sexual health, and reducing sexual violence. Or in a planning/programme development role in sexuality/relationship education.
I say go for it! Make yourself a schedule and study plan, especially if you will be working while you study, and stick to it!”
MIT | Te Pūkenga graduate
Free study for the first year of your Level 3 or above qualification may be available under the government’s fees-free study scheme. Visit feesfree.govt.nz for eligibility criteria and more information. Students must be eligible to study as a domestic student. All free study is subject to funding confirmation. Proof of residency status required. Entry criteria, and some costs, may also apply. Eligibility for student allowances or student loans may vary. Contact StudyLink for more information.
Information is correct as at 11 September 2023. Programme fees are based on a full-time student and may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted in this publication are based on the indicative 2023 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2023 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2023 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here www.manukau.ac.nz/cssf. Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2023 are based on the 2022 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2023. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology is part of Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology. Te Pukenga is accredited under the provisions of the Education and Training Act 2020. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.