New Zealand Diploma in Health Science (Level 5)

About this online diploma

This programme of study provides a fascinating introduction into human anatomy and physiology, the structure and function of the body, and how these are closely intertwined.

The study of health sciences 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 Essentials

Upcoming Intake:

29 August 2022

20 February 2023

17 July 2023

Fees (student loans available):

Tuition Fees: $4,616.00

Admin Fees: $100

Text Books & Course Materials

$757.80 All fees include GST


Level 5 Studies

Worth 120 NZQA Credits


One Year Full-Time or

Two Years Part-Time

Online Study

This diploma is offered online, your learning will be based from home, using online materials. Assessments will be a combination of online quizzes and written assessments.

Materials required to complete this diploma: A laptop, internet connection and course related text books (see text book section below).

Course Details

This programme consists of eight courses which are each worth 15 credits. All courses are compulsory.

  • Foundations of Human Biology
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Fundamentals of Human Nutrition
  • Nutrition and Health
  • Holistic Health Approaches
  • Pathophysiology
  • Duty of Care as an Advocate
  • Health and Wellbeing Advice

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the community with advisors who can apply 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 wellbeing by advocating for good nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices based on current health science and wellness trends.

Education Pathway

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.
Graduates will have a pathway to the Advanced Diploma in Health Science (Naturopathy and Nutrition)(Level 7)

Employment Pathway
Graduates will be able to work as:

  • Retail Workers
  • Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaches
  • Health and Nutrition Advisors

Employment opportunities include:
Health related businesses including but not limited to supplement and food based companies, pharmacies, medical practices, midwifery practices, multi-disciplinary clinics, weight management clinics, the food service industry, community education, gymnasiums, health clubs and spas, personal training, schools, and aged care establishments.

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


  • Certificate in Anatomy and Physiology (Level 4)


  • 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

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

Where transfer of credit for previous study is being applied for, the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Form must be submitted at least four weeks prior to the Semester start date.

See the Recognition of Prior Learning section for full RPL criteria and details on how to undertake an application.

Programme Duration:  One year full-time or Two years part-time

Semester 3 2022

Start Date: 29 August 2022 

End Date: December 2022 (to be confirmed)

Semester 1 2023

Start Date: 20 February 2023

End Date: 30 June 2023

Semester 2 2023

Start Date: 17 July 2023

End Date 24 November 2023

Tuition Fees 
$4,616 including GST 
Admin Fees
$100 including GST
Text Books Required 
Human Anatomy and Physiology $ 186.30
Food & Nutrition Sustainable Food and Health Systems $ 125.00
Cultural Safety in Aotearoa New Zealand, Second Edition   $ 90.00
Understanding Pathophysiology $ 230.00
Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine $   51.75
Encyclopaedia of Healing Foods $   74.75
Total cost of all text books $ 757.80


Student loans and allowances administered by StudyLink are available for all programmes of study. Find out more here. 

The following currently lists the compulsory of text book for the qualification (subject to change).

 Human Anatomy and PhysiologyMarieb & Hoehn
Food and Nutrition Sustainable Food and Health SystemsMark L Wahlqvist, Danielle Gallegos
Cultural Safety in Aotearoa New Zealand, Second EditionDianne Wepa
 Understanding Pathophysiology Craft, Gordon & Tiziani
 Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine Murray & Pizzorno
 Encyclopaedia of Healing Foods Murray & Pizzorno

***You can purchase your textbooks from our Bookshop***

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