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Diploma in Health (Advanced Applied Management) Level 7

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the public, private and community health sector with specialized work-ready professional health sector managers.  The qualification addresses quality standards, accreditation, auditing and evaluation requirements facing health and medical service providers.

Qualifications Achieved
Diploma in Health (Advanced Applied Management) Level 7
Graduate Job Search Visa
After completing programme, the student is eligible for a one-year work permit under the Post-Study Work Visa Open Category ("Job Search Visa").
Graduate employment options include employment as Community Health Centre Managers, Aged Care Centre Manager, Care Facility Manager, Health Project Manager, Practice Manager and other similar roles. These roles fall under the Practice Manager Category which is in the list of skilled occupations that would qualify for points under the Skilled Migrant Category of Immigration New Zealand.
Programme Details

Specifically the qualification provides essential capabilities such as an advanced understanding of:

  1. Government health strategies and priorities;
  2. Health specific administration and planning requirements;
  3. Current health specific quality management systems;
  4. Specialised health sector business requirements;
  5. Health research method and the capacity to conduct applied health research projects;
  6. Health service quality evaluation approaches and practices; and
  7. Management learning that is suitable for helping diverse staff including health and medical professionals.

It is designed for students with an interest and some experience in the health sector who wish to move into a career as a health sector manager.  For a detailed discussion of the papers included in this programme and the programme outcomes please refer to the Modules Overview for the Diploma in Health (Advanced Applied Management) Level 7.

While studying, the student is eligible for a 20 hour work permit. Our classes are only for 2 and 1/2 days per week which gives the student more flexibility in securing employment while studying.

The Diploma in Health (Advanced Applied Management) Level 7 programme is delivered in association with the New Zealand Curriculum Design Institute.

Kauri Academy is owned by PNTC Colleges in the Philippines.

Intake Dates

The next intake dates in 2016 are as follows: 

  • 29 February 2016
  • 23 May 2016
  • 15 August 2016
  • 7 November 2016
Entry Requirements

Entry requirements are:

  1. Student must be at least 20 years of age;
  2. A degree and one year of experience in health related work;
  3. Adequate level of English language skills; and
  4. An interview (Skype) to evaluate the student’s readiness to study this programme as part of the selection process.

The course fee is payable after the student visa application is approved.

Students must also have adequate funds for their living expenses in New Zealand. This is estimated by Immigration New Zealand to be at $1,250 per month ($15,000 for one year). Some options to show that a student has adequate funds would be bank certificates covering 6 months preceding the date of the visa application, bank certificates from guarantors, participation in the Fund Transfer Scheme (FTS), or having sponsors who are New Zealand residents or citizens. More information can be found from the Immigration New Zealand website.

Student loans and allowances for potential domestic students are currently not available for this programme.


Modules Overview

The programme is delivered over two semesters.  Each semester has two terms and each term has 2 papers (subjects).  Total credits for the programme is 120 credits.

Semester One: Term 1

DIPHAM 601 - Public Health Issues in New Zealand (15 Credits)

Current health status indicators for diverse population are examined and analysed in relation to international benchmarks in this paper.  Students also examine [preventative medicine and health enhancement strategies utilized.  Creative thinking models are examined and utilised to plan responses to familiar and unfamiliar health challenges and to propose an innovative national Health Strategy.

On completion of this paper, students will be able to:

  1. Examine current health status indicators for diverse groups from national and international perspectives;
  2. Analyse current public health issues and holistic causative factors;
  3. Analyse current preventative medicine programmes and their outcomes;
  4. Critically evaluate current health enhancement strategies;
  5. Examine creative thinking models and their potential applications;
  6. Apply creative thinking models to generate solutions to national health challenges; and
  7. Construct a national health strategy for the next ten years drawing on populations, literature and practice examined.

DIPHAM 702 – Quality Management – Policy to Practice (15 Credits)

This paper examines the creation and management of essential policies and practices required by health projects, programmes and organisations. Research will be drawn upon to develop effective and continuous improvement supporting systems and quality criteria. A range of factors such as technology, consultation, cultural inclusion will be investigated to overcome barriers and challenges that arise during health projects, programmes and organisations.

On completion of this paper, students will be able to:

  1. Conduct a holistic health organization quality management system needs analysis;
  2. Design a needs analysis informed quality management system structure and policy framework to support a health organization;
  3. Research and formulate quality management policies and processes to support a continuously improving health organization;
  4. Investigate the contributions critical evaluation makes to quality management implementation;
  5. Evaluate technological and cultural supports for professional health organization managers;
  6. Analyse consultation and change approaches in responsive and inclusive health organisations; and
  7. Analyse barriers and challenges to effective applied health project programme or organization management.

Semester One: Term 2

DIPHAM 701 – Health Sector Governance and Planning (15 Credits)

Governance and leadership roles and responsibilities are investigated and learners will develop a range of key governance and management documents and systems. Strategic and operational planning and continuous improvement oriented quality management systems will be developed and critiqued for application readiness. Strategies to ensure alignment and cultural inclusion are applied to governance and management documents.

On completion of this paper, students will be able to:

  1. Investigate governance and leadership roles and approaches;
  2. Analyse legal, professional, morale and ethical governance and leadership responsibilities
  3. Construct vision, mission, organizational philosophy and values statements;
  4. Design a strategic plan for a health organization;
  5. Analyse operational, business, proposal, project and implementation plans;
  6. Interrogate organizational documents for strategic alignment and cultural inclusion; and
  7. Analyse the relationship between governance, leadership, organizational culture and continuous improvement.

DIPHAM 703 – Health Business Studies (15 Credits)

Sustainable business systems, processes and practices will be investigated and analysed in this paper to support effective management of a range of business activities. The ability to propose, budget, plan and implement projects, programmes and organisations and then to monitor, review, audit and evaluate these will be developed and supportive technology reviewed.

completion of this paper, students will be able to:

  1. Analyse components in a sustainable health sector business or not for profit health organization;
  2. Investigate optimal effectiveness and quality levels in health sector business or not for profit organization;
  3. Analyse effective product or service delivery, marketing, public relations and financial systems utilised by sustainable health organisations;
  4. Analyse legislative financial system requirements in New Zealand business and not for profit organisations;
  5. Design budgets, financial plans and proposals for a health organization and applied health project or programme;
  6. Critically evaluate technology that’s supports robust financial planning, budgeting, administration and reporting systems; and
  7. Analyse financial monitoring, review, evaluation and auditing systems.

Semester Two: Term 1

DIPHAM 704 – Advanced Facilitative Management Practice (15 Credits)

Advanced communication and cultural skills employed by facilitative managers are analysed and applied along with professional feedback and performance coaching capabilities. Creative thinking and professional reflection are also studied to support the ability to motivate and inspire staff to achieve at the highest levels of effectiveness and quality.

Upon completion of this paper, students will be able to:

  1. Analyse advanced professional communication and cultural skills and approaches employed by facilitative managers;
  2. Apply advanced professional communication and cultural skills and approaches utilized by facilitative managers;
  3. Apply professional feedback and performance coaching processes and strategies (to self and others)
  4. Reflect and critically evaluate on own and others performance;
  5. Exhibit a professional ability to facilitate and motivate others (individual, pair, group, or team);
  6. Investigate creative thinking models and approaches utilized by facilitative managers; and
  7. Analyse factors that impact on effective facilitative managers and their performance.

DIPHAM 705 – Understanding Health Research Methods (15 Credits)

In this paper major health research frameworks and approaches are evaluated and analysed, literature reviewed and Action and Appreciative Inquiry studied. The formal stages in research projects are analysed and ethical principles, dilemma solving and cultural inclusion investigated

Upon completion of this paper, students will be able to:

  1. Critically review a range of research definitions, functions and approaches;
  2. Analyse quantitative, qualitative and mixed method research approaches;
  3. Analyse Action and Appreciative Inquiry research approaches in health settings;
  4. Critically review a range of evaluative health research literature;
  5. Analyse the stages in a formal and applied research project; and
  6. Examine ethical and culturally responsible principles which guide health researchers and evaluators.

Semester Two: Term 2

DIPHAM 706 – Health Project (15 Credits)

In this paper learners will create applied health research and ethics project proposals and then carry out in a professional manner on a topic of your choosing. The project will then be documented professionally and presented for feedback and comment.  Projects should support professional capability development and have value to managers working in the health sector.

Upon completion of this paper, students will be able to:

  1. Create an inclusive applied health research project proposal and implementation plan;
  2. Create an ethics proposal to support an inclusive applied health research project proposal;
  3. Implement an applied health research project in a professional manner; and
  4. Professionally report on the outcomes of an applied health research project (orally, figuratively, and in writing)

DIPHAM 707 – Health Evaluation Studies (15 Credits)

Evaluative and audit models and approaches utilized in the measurement of health and management of health projects, programs or organisations form the focus of this paper.  Students will gain experience in evaluating projects, programmes and organisations and then present their findings with continuous improvement recommendations to a group of professional peers.

On completion of this paper, students will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate research-based health evaluation literature;
  2. Investigate current health programme audit and evaluation processes and approaches;
  3. Analyse health project audit and evaluation presentation methods;
  4. Critically audit or evaluate a health project, programme or organizational report;
  5. Formulate a professional applied health project audit or evaluation report;
  6. Present a critical health audit or evaluation report to a group of professional health peers; and
  7. Formulate recommendations and actions that would; remedy, develop or improve health project programme or organisations outcomes.
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Working While Studying

You may be allowed to work for up to 20 hours each week during the academic year. You may also be allowed to work full time during the Christmas and New Year period at the end of each academic year. To work you will need to apply for a variation of conditions to your student visa.

One criteria for student to be allowed to work is that the student is undertaking a programme of study in New Zealand that leads to a New Zealand qualification that qualifies for points under the Skilled Migrant Category of Immigration New Zealand’s Residence Instructions.

More information on working while studying may be obtained from the Immigration New Zealand website at www.immigration.govt.nz. See also Student Visa Guide.

Pastoral Care of International Students

New Zealand education providers have an important role in ensuring the well-being of their international students. The Code sets out the minimum standards of advice and care that are expected of education providers for international students. This ensures students coming from other countries to study in New Zealand are well informed, safe, and properly cared for.

Students and their families can expect education providers to:

  • provide clear, sufficient and accurate information so you can make informed choices about your education
  • give you clear, understandable information on your legal obligations and rights, including refund policies, and termination of your enrolment under any contracts you enter into with the provider
  • check that you have the prescribed insurance cover
  • provide a safe and supportive environment for study
  • as far as practicable, ensure you live in accommodation that is safe and appropriate
  • provide you with a comprehensive orientation programme to support you in your study and outline your obligations
  • monitor their agents to ensure they provide you with reliable information and advice about studying, working and living in New Zealand
  • ensure that the educational instruction on offer is appropriate for your expectations, English language proficiency, and academic capability
  • have proper policy and processes in place to safeguard students’ fees paid and be able to provide an appropriate refund if you withdraw or your course closes
  • ensure you have access to proper and fair procedures for dealing with grievances (concerns or complaints).

Full details of what is covered can be found in the Code itself. Click here for a copy of Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students 2016 in English or other languages.

Appropriate Insurance for International Students
Student travel insurance cover should provide cover into and out of New Zealand at the beginning and/or the end of their study, and/or during any holiday breaks of the study. ACC does not cover injuries and accidents happening overseas, and the risk associated with holiday trips outside New Zealand should also be cover by the student insurance policy

Students are free to purchase insurance from any insurance provider. However, student travel insurance policies must cover all the following aspects:

Health cover while in New Zealand

  • Medical expenses incurred for the treatment of illness and/or injury (in excess of ACC cover) that requires surgery and/or hospitalisation – unlimited sum insured
  • Medical evacuation related to serious illness and injuries – unlimited sum insured
  • Emergency dental treatment
  • Costs for family members’ travel in the event that the student suffers a serious illness or injury.

Repatriation, search and rescue

  • Repatriation and expatriation in the event a student has to return home following an injury or illness which interrupts their study plans
  • Return of mortal remains/funeral expenses - including travel costs for family members, repatriation of remains, and funeral costs
  • Search and rescue operation to locate the insured.

Travel into and out of New Zealand

  • Missed flights or delays for travels into and out of New Zealand
  • Medical expenses incurred for the treatment of an illness and injury incurred during the travel.

Personal liability

  • Negligence causing bodily injury (including death) of another person or loss of or damage to property
  • False arrest and wrongful detention.

Kauri Academy will require evidence of an appropriate insurance policy at enrolment. In addition to the insurance policy Kauri Academy will also require the student to provide (in English) a written attestation from their insurance provider that the student’s travel insurance policy is consistent with the above guidelines for appropriate insurance for international students.



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