Hikitia te ora - Certificate in Health Sciences

The Certificate in Health Sciences (CertHSc) prepares people of Māori and Pacific whakapapa/ancestry for tertiary study in the health professions and is designed to bridge the gap between secondary school studies and university.

Quick facts


Fulltime: 1 year
Taught at: Tāmaki and Grafton Campuses
Points per degree: 120

Programme highlights


  • One-year course designed especially for Māori and Pacific students who require extra learning in science-related topics necessary for ongoing success in courses offered by the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.
  • Learn in a culturally safe environment that’s committed to your success.
  • Learn via a combination of lectures, tutorials, self-directed study and lab sessions.
  • Meet a variety of Māori and Pacific health professionals who will visit your programme throughout the year.

What you’ll be studying


You’ll be introduced to concepts in physics, chemistry, population health, human biology, Māori health, Pacific health and mathematics. You’ll also learn academic and professional skills, such as note-taking, time management, report writing and critical thinking. All topics are intended to encourage your confidence and your own independent learning.

Tuition Fees


Where will the programme take you?


Completing the CertHSc successfully will mean that you’re eligible to apply for entry into the University’s healthcare programmes, including Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Health Sciences, or other health-related programmes offered by allied tertiary institutions.