Diploma in Health Psychology: Hauora Hinengaro (Level 5)

Ideal for students returning to study or those wanting to explore their options in the social services field. Explore psychology and human development with a focus on self-discovery. Examine how different factors influence our health. Develop academic and research skills.

What will you learn

  • Explore psychology and human development and their relevance to a range of fields such as counselling, psychology and social services
  • Develop an understanding of how healthy relationships and lifestyles can be enhanced in Aotearoa/New Zealand
  • Gain an introductory understanding of manaaki tangata and Māori health and well-being
  • Analyse your own thought processes and behavioural response
  • Develop your academic study and writing skill
  • Use library and internet sources to effectively research material
  • Strengthen your presentation skills and learn to communicate effectively in group situations

Recognition of prior learning
If you have extensive knowledge and skills in this area, please enquire about our recognition of prior learning process

Note for new students
If you have had experiences of trauma, addiction, metal illness, abuse or live events causing emotional harm, you may experience some emotional risk during the programme. WelTec offers support and counselling services you can access.

Programme overview

Trimester 1
Health psychology: Hauora Hinengaro
An introduction to factors related to the development of physical and psychological wellbeing, including the social and political contexts for this development. This course covers coping with stress and pain, psychological impact of illness, lifestyle choices such as smoking and other addictive behaviours and how to promote health enhancing behaviours such as sensible eating and exercise.

Human development
Become familiar with developmental changes from conception to old age, through observation, and interpretation of development theory.

Perspectives on personality
An introduction to theories of personality, including Māori perspectives and research into personality assessment. This course also examines how these approaches relate to popular or 'folk' psychology ideas about motivation, self-improvement and self-assessment of one’s own personality.

Trimester 2

Psychological and contemporary issues

Cover practical applications of psychology in areas such as community psychology, environmental psychology and sports psychology.

Grief management
Death and dying is a subject that affects everyone, but is often avoided in Western culture. This course discusses aspects of death and dying, children and grief and dealing with loss in a multicultural society.

Healthy relationships
An introduction to the concepts of verbal and non-verbal interpersonal relating and communication skills, that are necessary for the development of healthy relationships. Exploring areas such as listening skills, perception of self and others, the use of verbal and non-verbal language, conflict management and cultural aspects of communication.

Entry criteria

Under 20 years
36 credits from NCEA Level 2 in three subjects or an equivalent qualification.

20+ years

If you’re 20 years or over, you may qualify for special admission on this programme. Contact us if you don’t meet the Under 20 entry criteria.

Documents and other details

Required textbooks 2019 (PDF 70KB) 

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