Diploma in Health Psychology: Hauora Hinengaro

Get a taste of the social services field. Ideal for students returning to study or those wanting to explore options in the field. The course has a focus on self-discovery. Students often progress to study in counselling, psychology or social work.

What you will learn

  • Explore psychology and human development
  • How healthy relationships and lifestyles can be enhanced in Aotearoa/New Zealand
  • 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
Social & Community ServicesSocial
& Community Services

Programme structure

Trimester 1

Health psychology: Hauora Hinengaro
An introduction to factors related to the development of physical and psychological well-being, 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
To establish familiarity 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
The material in this course covers 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

  • 36 credits from NCEA Level 2 in three subjects
  • Or an equivalent qualification

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, mental illness, abuse or life events causing emotional harm, you may experience some emotional risk during the programme. WelTec offers support and counselling services you can access.


If you’re 20 years or over, contact us to see if you qualify for special admissions on our programmes.

What it will cost


  • Fee: $4,915
  • Course related costs: $115

  • Student services fee: $220

    Your student fee is included in your course fees. It is not billed separately. Amount shown is based on full year study. More details.

This programme qualifies for student loans and allowances. More details


This programme is not available to international students.

Where will my course be?

The Petone campus is at 21 Kensington Avenue, Petone.

Read more about our Petone campus.

Ready to enrol?


Applying online is easy and takes only about 10 minutes.

You will need a few details:

  1. An email address you check regularly.

  2. The phone number of someone willing to be your emergency contact.

  3. Your date of residency if you are a permanent resident in NZ.

If you have your NZQA National Student Number and/or a WelTec Student ID it will help us process your application faster.


Contact our international team to check the suitability of this course for international students.

Documents and other details

Offered by:
School of Health and Social Services
Offered by:
Te Hau Tapu me te Puna Oranga
Formal programme title:
Diploma in Health Psychology: Hauora Hinengaro
Programme code:
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