Fees Grants for the Certificate in Public Health 2016

Information about the online applications for fees grants in 2017 will be available shortly.

STOP PRESS - Fees grants are available for the Massey University Certificate in Public Health in 2016. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS about the Certificate in Public Health.

FLOW CHART of what you need to do to apply for a fees grant and enrol in the Certificate in Public Health at Massey University.  These are two separate processes!


N E W:  From this year, successful DHB applicants are now eligible for full payment of tuition fees for the 2016 Certificate in Public Health course!

The Certificate in Public Health

If you are currently working in the public or primary health-care sector and would like to get a qualification that strengthens your skills and practice, then the Certificate in Public Health (CertPubHlth) could be the learning programme for you.  

The CertPubHlth is now entering its third year in 2016, after successfully launching in 2014.  It is a part-time, distance learning programme and you can customise your course work to focus on your specific area of work or interests.

You don't need to have a tertiary qualification already because the course is designed to give you as much flexibility around what and when you learn, and the support you may need along the way.

There are also a limited number of fees grants available for staff in public health roles to meet the enrolment costs of the course.

There are four papers in the course, which will help strengthen your skills in the analysis, design, implementation and evaluation of public health initiatives. You will also improve your career opportunities as you develop expertise and experience.  Students can transition onto higher degree courses, including some transference of equivalent credits from the CertPubHlth.
Each paper includes a contact (block) course, online tutorials, assignments and peer learning groups. Contact courses will be held in Auckland and Wellington.  You can complete the course over one or two years. 

The goal of the course is to strengthen the public health sectors’ capability to improve population health and promote health equity.  The CertPubHlth course recognises the unique contribution Maori make to public health practice in Aotearoa and encourages those who wish to focus more exclusively on Maori health to do so.  Students interested in the health of recent and established migrant communities are also encouraged to bring those experiences and understandings to enrich their academic studies.

The four course papers outlined as follows:

  1. Introduction to Public Health and Research - paper 231.101 
  2. Determinants of Health – paper 231.102
  3. Public Health Development and Evaluation – paper 231103
  4. Public Health Policy and Advocacy – paper 231.104

Who is eligible for a fees grant?  

Fees grants are available primarily for the public health staff of Ministry-funded providers (from 2014 to 2018). Providers must make a formal commitment through a Study Support Agreement to support and encourage their staff to complete the qualification. 

If a person receives a fees grant and subsequently changes their role or employer organisation, that person (or the person's organisation) must promptly notify Marlene Williams of the Ministry of Health of this change.  The Ministry will confirm whether the recipient remains eligible for the fees grant and/or travel subsidies.  If the recipient has a new employer, that employer must sign a hard copy of the Study Support Agreement and send it to  

What does the grant cover?

The Ministry will provide full fees grants for NZ citizens and residents, and also travel assistance for NGO staff who need to fly to attend the CertPubHlth contact courses in Auckland or Wellington (limited to those who work more than 200 km away).  Uptake will be monitored annually, and eligibility criteria may change, if required.

For More information, please see the Frequently Asked Questions.


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