PG Certificate or Diploma in Health Sciences/Master of Health Sciences – University of Canterbury

The University of Canterbury’s Postgraduate Health Science programme meets current and emerging workforce needs and provides interdisciplinary postgraduate study for those working in health and related services or recent graduates seeking employment I these sectors to extend their knowledge and skills.

Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) comprises two HLTH400 level courses.

Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (PGDipHealSc) consists of HLTH401: Health Care in New Zealand, and three other approved courses to the total of at least 1.0 EFTS.

Master of Health Science (MHealSc) consists of four approved courses (including HLTH401) and a thesis, or five approved courses and a shorter thesis, or six approved courses and a dissertation of total of at least 2 EFTS.

Endorsement in Health Behaviour Change provides training in motivation interviewing which has proven efficacy in modifying addictive and unhealthy behaviours. The PGDipHealSc and the MHealSc may be awarded with an endorsement in Health Behaviour Change, if the following two papers have been taken as part of the Diploma/Masters:

HLTH430: Motivating Behaviour Change I

Introduction to motivating behaviour change, including theory, research and practice, with an emphasis on MI. HLTH430 is taught in Semester 1 and comprises two 3-day blocks.

The topics covered by this course are:

  • Theories of behaviour change
  • The neurobiology of motivation
  • The history and development of Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • MI theory
  • Research on the effectiveness of MI
  • Skill development – MI spirit, principles, skills, and strategies

HLTH431: Motivating Behaviour Change II

The aim of HLTH431 is to provide advanced training in MI, including theory, specific applications and supervised clinical practice. HLTH431 is taught in Semester 2 and comprised either two 1-day workshops or a series of tutorials depending on class size and composition (Christchurch-based or distance learning), plus clinical field work.

The topics covered by this course are:

  • Change talk
  • Coding in Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • The effectiveness of MI in different settings
  • MI skill development

For further information contact the Health Science Administrator, Philippa Drayton, Email: philippa.drayton@canterbury.ac.nz. Tel: (03) 3642987 ext 8691.