Taught course

Occupational Health

University of Otago · Division of Health Sciences

Entry requirements

Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences).

Every applicant shall

  • be a graduate or possess an appropriate health professional qualification requiring at least three years' full-time tertiary study;
  • have experience of or be currently working in the relevant field of health care;
  • present evidence of ability for advanced level academic study.

If your first language is not English you need to meet our English language requirements as follows: IELTS score of 6.5 in the academic module (with no individual band below 6.0); we also accept a number of other English language tests. Due to COVID-19, we currently accept Duolingo English Test (DET), IELTS Indicator Test, and TOEFL iBT Special home Edition.

Don’t meet the English language requirements? The University of Otago Language Centre "English for Otago" programme offers a pathway for Undergraduate and Postgraduate students to meet the English language requirements for undergraduate and postgraduate study.

Months of entry

February, July

Course content

The Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) is designed to enable health professionals to specialise in specific areas of practice at a postgraduate level, studying on a part-time basis. In general, this qualification is intended for health professionals who have completed three years of tertiary study and already have experience in the field.

Programmes are taught through the Dunedin School of Medicine and is designed to offer training in occupational health and safety for health science and other graduates who may wish to pursue a career in health and safety and for those who may be working in the field already.

The programme covers hazard identification, risk assessment, hazard management (including legislation), occupational diseases, rehabilitation, and occupational hygiene, toxicology, and research methods.


  • OCCH 401 Occupational Health
  • OCCH 402 Occupational Safety

Information for international students

Otago offers students an unrivalled campus experience and a vibrant, social student culture. The majority of Otago’s 21,000 students live, work and play in Dunedin - New Zealand’s only true university city. Otago is home to over 3,000 students, from over 100 countries.

Fees and funding

International students
NZ $21,348

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert(HealSc)
    part time
    6 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

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