NZ Diploma in Health Sciences (Level 5)


The next intake will be February 2018 with applications for full-time and part-time students open until that date - Click on the 'start your application now' link at the bottom of the page to start your journey.

About Health Sciences

Most allied health or science qualifications involve the study of anatomy and physiology and nutrition. This programme of study enable graduates to gain entry into traditional health related qualifications courses, such as nursing, as well as providing a pathway into clinical qualifications in natural healthcare.

The study of health sciences also enables graduates to work in the community as advisors, applying scientific knowledge of the human body to assist people with the prevention of lifestyle based health issues. Graduates, working under supervision, will be able to contribute to well-being by advocating for good nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices based on current health science and wellness trends.

Programme Outline

This qualification provides core knowledge and skills in Health Sciences. Subjects studied in the diploma include:

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Principles of Holistic Health
  • Nutrition
  • Professional Practice
  • Introduction to Consultation Processes

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Outcome Statement

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of human nutrition across the lifespan to help prevent nutritional based health problems
  • Apply scientific knowledge of the human body across the lifespan to help prevent lifestyle based health problems
  • Apply current scientific knowledge of New Zealand health trends and risks to health to advocate for good nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices
  • Provide culturally safe health advice to help people maintain physical wellbeing and help prevent lifestyle related disease

Duration of Study

This is a 1 year (34 week) programme of study when studied full time. If undertaken on a part-time basis the maximum number of years from first enrolment for completion of this qualification is four years.

Education Pathways

Graduates will be able to undertake higher education in the areas of nutrition, health-related disciplines, health science, as well as complementary and natural medicine.

For future pathways within NCNZ please revisit our website, as we will be announcing some exciting new education career opportunities very soon!

Career Pathways

Graduates will be able to contribute to well-being by advocating for good nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices based on current health science and wellness trends.

  • Health advisors within retail health stores
  • Health advisors within organic or health food stores
  • Health advisors within chemists.

Programme Delivery

This diploma is offered as a blended programme of study. The majority of your learning will be based from home, using online materials. Assessments will be a combination of online quizzes and written assessments. Written assessments are downloaded as a Microsoft Word document, completed and submitted via the online campus. As well as offering electronic versions of the study notes, the online campus contains a number of learning tools, such as videos, quizzes, flashcards and forums, through which you can explore the subject matter both individually and with your classmates.

Entry Criteria

Applicants should demonstrate an ability to succeed in tertiary study, shown by the completion of any of the following qualifications or courses of study:

  • NCEA Level 3 with at least 14 credits in both science and technology or equivalent


  • New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation Level 4 with a science context;


  • Equivalent qualification.

English language

Applicants whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools or other teaching institutions is not English, are required to provide evidence of having passed such test of English language competence as stipulated in Policy and Procedure English Language Proficiency. It is recommended that applicants have an IELTS score of 6.5. Proficiency must be demonstrated prior to being accepted on the programme.

Life skills/work experience

Applicants who do not meet the academic entry criteria above may be admitted to the programme if they are able to demonstrate:

  • Equivalent knowledge and skills; and/or
  • Previous and relevant life skills or work experience; and/or
  • Other formal or informal study such as to suggest likelihood of successful programme completion.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Where transfer of credit for previous study is being applied for, Recognition of Prior Learning Form (RPL) must be submitted on the same day as the enrolment form, along with supporting documentation. See the Recognition of Prior Learning section for full APL criteria and details on how to undertake an application.


Tuition Fees $4,400
Administration Fee $100
First Aid Course Prices vary with the provider chosen. Must be NZQA approved

Text Books

The following are lists of compulsory text books for the qualification.

Title Author(s)
Human Anatomy and Physiology Marieb & Hoehn
Staying Healthy with Nutrition Haas & Levin
Understanding Pathophysiology Craft, Gordon & Tiziani
Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine Murray & Pizzorno
Encyclopaedia of Healing Foods Murray & Pizzorno

Course Curriculum

Course Code Course Name Course Credits
DHS 501 Introduction to Human Biology 15
DHS 502 Principles of Holistic Health 15
DHS 503 Fundamentals of Nutrition 15
DHS 504 Human Nutrition 15
DHS 505 Anatomy and Physiology 1 15
DHS 506 Anatomy and Physiology 2 15
DHS 507 Professional Practice 15
DHS 508 Introduction to Consultation Processes 15
Total 120

All courses are compulsory.

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