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Certificate in Public Health

Key facts

  • Available via Distance Learning
  • 1 year part time
  • Not available for international students

Advance your public health career

If you have a passion for public health, and need a formal undergraduate qualification, Massey’s Certificate in Public Health is for you.

What is it like?

Find out more about entry requirements, fees and courses in the planning section.

The Certificate in Public Health is a purpose-built undergraduate programme in the School of Health Sciences. It is an entry-level qualification designed to be completed in two semesters.

You can achieve this certificate if you’re already working in the public health sector, in primary care or in community health roles. Or you may be starting university and aspire to a career in public health.

Understand public health issues

If you want to contribute to the health of all New Zealanders, this certificate will give you a critical understanding of public health issues.

You will gain practical skills to develop and implement public health initiatives and health promotion programmes. These include those aiming to improve population health outcomes and address health inequalities for Māori, Pasifika and other specific population groups.

You will be able to analyse health inequalities in New Zealand through an understanding of the social, cultural and economic determinants of health.

You will also gain an understanding of public health issues from a Treaty of Waitangi perspective and other key public health agreements like the Ottawa Charter.

Improve your public health practice

  • Learn to use research and evaluation effectively to improve your public health practice through new skills in critique, analysis, and communication.
  • Identify opportunities to promote and protect population health through the development and implementation of community-based health interventions, including public health policy and public health advocacy.
  • Contribute effectively to better community health outcomes through an analysis of health inequalities.

A good fit if you:

  • Want to improve population health and promote health equity
  • Are a public health worker keen to achieve an accessible entry-level qualification
  • Want to develop a career in public health
Marlene Whaanga-Dean
Ngāti Kahungunu, Rangitāne ngā iwi

“Take the opportunity to acquire knowledge; one must study in order to succeed in your chosen career path…”

"Massey paved the way for me to continue to work full-time and study. The convenience and flexibility of distance learning gave me the opportunity to excel in my career path as an Outreach Community Health Worker.

My chosen study of Public Health and Health Promotion has taken my skill to another level in terms of population health.

I applaud all those that can study at any age, but more importantly around your lifestyle, work, and whanau - and creating that balance.

With Massey University, I was able to achieve the desired outcome, the completion of my ‘tohu’ in Public Health and Health Promotion."


Certificate in Public Health graduates possess knowledge and transferable skills to work within a range of health settings.

Their roles may include:

  • health promoter
  • kaimahi
  • community health worker
  • advisor
  • youth worker
  • educator
  • public health worker
  • family violence worker

They may work within:

  • District Health Boards
  • Primary Health Organisations
  • Non-government organisations
  • local and central government
  • iwi social services and Māori health organisations
  • culturally-specific services
  • government agencies
  • the disability sector
  • the aged care sector
  • public health units
  • the education sector
  • community organisations

Lecturer profile

Associate Professor Mary Breheny
Programme Director, School of Health Sciences

“We have developed the Certificate in Public Health to build capacity in our public health workforce. The courses are aligned with the Aotearoa NZ health promotion and public health competency standards. Our students engage in real world assessment, reflect on current population health challenges and identify solutions.”

Ministry of Health grants

Students already working in health and community roles in New Zealand can apply for a fees grant from the Ministry of Health.

Ministry of Health - Certificate in Public Health Fee Grants

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