What will I learn?

If you're passionate about promoting good nutrition and advocating for healthy lifestyle choices, particularly in how nutrition and wellbeing can affect whanau and communities, our new health science diploma is for you.

The health and wellbeing industry needs more professionals who can apply their scientific knowledge of the human body to assist people in the prevention of lifestyle-based health issues.

This course will prepare you for a career in the health, lifestyle, nutrition and wellness industries. It's also a great pathway to higher education if you’re aiming to become an allied or Maori health professional - such as a dental therapist, dietician, physiotherapist, occupational therapist and many more, all of which are in high demand in our region.

Upon successfully completing the requirements you'll receive the award of:

  • New Zealand Diploma in Health Science (Level 5)

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Graduates will be prepared for careers in the health, lifestyle, nutrition and wellness industries.

This course also provides a foundation for higher learning opportunities in the allied health professions covered by the Health Practitioner Competence Assurance Act 2003 (dental therapists, dieticians, medical scientists, medical radiation/imaging technologists, occupational therapists, pharmacists, physiotherapists, podiatrists, psychologists and psychotherapists as an example), and those therapy professions acknowledged in the act such as social work, speech language therapy, orthotists/prosthetists, music and other arts therapy.

TOPICS YOU'LL COVER

This course includes a high level of Maori health content and includes the following:

  • Maori concepts of health including hauora and mauri ora, and health and environment
  • Maori models of health such as Te Pae Mahutonga
  • Social determinants of health, including health inequities
  • Mental health
  • Mate hinengaro
  • Maori development
  • Maori identity
  • Demographics
  • Lifestyle and nutrition
  • Te Reo Maori hei Reo Tiaki (the language of caring)
  • Working with Maori communities
  • Maori health promotion
  • Models of health administration and service development
  • Political, social, economic and legal influences
  • Rights of the client
  • Maori, regional specific/iwi partnership
  • Codes of care, ethics, and practice
  • Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (HPCA) 2003
  • Professional bodies and obligations
  • Policy and strategy review and alignment to Te Tiriti O Waitangi
  • Communication skills
  • Teamwork
  • Anatomy and Physiology

FURTHER STUDY OPTIONS

  • Bachelor of Nursing

Courses Currently Under Development at Toi Ohomai, or Offered at Other Institutions
Bachelor of Health Science (AUT University)

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Health, Education and Environment

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
NZ$19,951.00 (10,30,010) per year
Start date

To be confirmed

Venue

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology

Windermere Campus,

70 Windermere Drive,

TAURANGA,

Poike,

3112, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

For certificate and diploma programmes at Levels 5 and 6, all international students must have: NCEA Level 2 with passes in English/ Te Reo M?ori or education achievement, at least equivalent to NCEA Level 2, and a minimum of 42 credits at Level 3; Or equivalent; Provide evidence of ability to complete academic requirements for the program. Applicants must meet the English language requirements: Level 5: IELTS Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5; TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT)- Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14); Cambridge English Qualifications- B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill; OET- Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests; PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36. Level 6: IELTS Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5. TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18); PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42; OET- Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests; Cambridge English Qualifications- B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill.

For international students

You must have:

  • NCEA Level 2 with passes in English / Te Reo Maori, or
  • Equivalent Educational achievement to NCEA Level 2 and a minimum of 42 credits at level 3, or
  • Evidence of ability to complete academic requirements for the programme

For applicants for whom English is not their first language, evidence of language competency may be required.

IELTS Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5.0; TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) score of 46 (with a writing score of 14); TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE); Cambridge English Qualifications: B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill; OET: Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests; PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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