Certificate in Mental Health Science
- Learn the most up-to-date science in preventative lifestyle medicine for mental health
- Fit it into your busy life, at your own pace, in your own space, with online 24/7 access
- Get a university-level education at a fraction of the cost
- Practical tools and resources to help people with mild to moderate mental health challenges
6 courses to complete
part-time over 12 months
Upskill from $286/month
Over 12 months
The latest in mental health science
The Certificate in Mental Health Science is designed to equip you with the latest science for mild to moderate mental health challenges, with a focus on preventative and lifestyle approaches.
This Certificate gives you a university-level education in mental health. You’ll come away with a solid foundation in the science of lifestyle medicine for mental health, including micronutrition and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) behaviour therapy.
The Certificate in Mental Health Science is right for you if…
- You are looking to undertake university-level study in the field of mental health.
- You want to understand the very latest lifestyle solutions, tools, and behaviour therapy techniques to deliver better mental health treatment outcomes.
- You want to explore the areas of brain biology & neuroscience, Acceptance and Commitment behaviour therapy tools, substance misuse & addictions, advanced lifestyle medicine for mental health and psychological injury and trauma.
- You want to learn from leading recognised world experts and academics who share only evidence-based knowledge and tools.
World class instructors
Prof Julia Rucklidge
Prof Clinical Psychology
Prof Clinical Psychology at University of Canterbury. World leading mental health & nutrition researcher. Co-author The Better Brain; TEDx & edX speaker.
Sophia has a passion for nutritional psychology and holistic wellbeing. She is the founder of Bloomers Psychology where her primary therapeutic modality is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
Prof Grant Schofield
Professor Public Health
Distinguished expert in human potential and performance. Co-Director of the Centre for Human Potential at Auckland University of Technology, former Chief Scientific Adviser to the Ministry of Education, author and PREKURE Chief Science Officer.
Exercise Physiologist, Nutritionist and Neuroscientist. Undertaking his PhD in Applied Psychology.
Senior Firefighter and Health Researcher
Over 17 years in the fire service, a peer supporter and health researcher. Postgraduate pathway of violence and trauma studies, examining suicide, psychological injury, and maladaptive behaviour within Fire and Emergency.
Dr Louise Schofield
Health Entrepreneur with a PhD in Public Health, Louise inspires health and helps people to make lasting behavioral changes.
Alcohol addiction specialist & Registered Nurse
Lisa is a PREKURE Certified Health Coach, who specialises in addictive behaviours especially as related to alcohol.
Dr Catherine Crofts
Catherine has a PhD in the early diagnosis of metabolic disease, and is experienced in the deprescribing of medications.
ICF qualified Coach & Registered Nurse
Sonya has a masters of health practice and is highly experienced as a critical care nurse in the acute treatment of people suffering from ill-health.
Your Certificate in Mental Health Science includes
PK301: Mental Health Practice
Learn the foundations of mental health epidemiology and understand the Health Coach’s scope of practice when working in Mental Health.
PK302: Brain Biology and Neuroscience
Delve into the human brain structure and function, including the latest research in gut-brain connection and the role that glutamate excitotoxicity plays in mental wellbeing.
PK303: ACT – Behaviour Therapy
Learn about a powerful third wave behavioural therapy known as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and gain the practical know-how to help your clients using ACT techniques.
PK304: Substance Misuse and Addictions
Understand substance misuse and addictions, the neuroscience behind drug reward and addiction and how best to support those affected.
PK305: Advanced Lifestyle Medicine
Discover how nutrition, exercise, sleep, thermo-therapies and breathing techniques can help improve your client’s mental wellbeing.
PK306: Psychological Injury and Trauma
Learn about psychological injury, mental health first aid, as well as the importance of post-traumatic growth and how to facilitate this in coaching sessions.
Tools & support throughout your student journey
Ongoing support for your success
As a student you’ll receive 12 months access to weekly live online student support sessions.
This is your opportunity to connect with the PREKURE science faculty of psychologists, dietitians, professors and behaviour change experts.
Flexible study to work for you
All theory based online courses are self paced.
Learn on your own time, at your own pace, in your own space with 24/7 online access.
6 courses to complete
part-time over 12 months
Upskill from $286/month
Over 12 months
Hear what our students are saying
Why are PREKURE the leaders in preventative lifestyle medicine and mental health training?
- It comes down to results. The impact and outcomes achieved by the clients of PREKURE graduates.
- PREKURE’s university-level courses are taught by recognised world experts and academics who share only evidence-informed knowledge and tools including Registered Psychologist Sophia Dawson and Professor Julia Rucklidge – a world-leader in the field of micronutrition for mental health.
- PREKURE courses contain the latest evidence-informed knowledge and tools in lifestyle medicine.
- PREKURE is internationally recognised in New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom.
- PREKURE is endorsed by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners and are approved for CME credits and CPD.
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If you’re not happy with your results, simply contact us, and we will give you an instant refund. It’s that simple.
Enrol in the Certificate in Mental Health Science today for $3,179
over 12 months
Frequently Asked Questions
When does the Certificate start and finish?
The Certificate in Mental Health Science can be started immediately, at any time during the year. The courses that make up the Certificate are available for you to start and complete in your own time and at your own pace with online, 24/7 access.
You have 12 months to complete all six of the courses to gain your Certificate in Mental Health Science.
Which courses make up the Certificate in Mental Health Science?
The Certificate in Mental Health Science is made up of the following six courses:
PK301: Mental health practice
PK302: Brain biology and neuroscience
PK303: ACT – Behaviour therapy
PK304: Substance misuse and addictions
PK305: Advanced lifestyle medicine for mental health
PK306: Psychological injury and trauma
How long does it take to complete the Certificate in Mental Health Science?
Around 4.5 months, with a weekly commitment of 5 hours study. You have a maximum of 12 months to complete the Certificate.
Can I go at my own pace?
Yes. You can do the Certificate in your own time and at your own pace, with online 24/7 access. You have 12 months to complete the six courses that make up the Certificate.
Has this Certificate been assessed by NZQA for micro-credential equivalency?
Yes. The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) ensures that New Zealand qualifications are valued as credible and robust, both nationally and internationally.
The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) has evaluated the Certificate in Mental Health Science (Micro-credential) delivered by PREKURE and has assessed it to equivalent to 21 credits (21 x 10 notional learning hours) at Level 6 on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF).
The Australian Qualifications Framework has equivalency with the NZQA e.g. Level 6 microcredential with NZQA is the
same as Level 6 on AQF.
Do I need to be a Health Coach or have any previous learning in the health field?
No. There is no prior learning required for entry into this Certificate.
What does the assessment involve?
Complete all online modules (PK301-306) and online assessments by passing all tests with 75% or more.
If I complete the Certificate in Mental Health Science will I qualify as a Mental Health Coach?
No. You will graduate with your Certificate in Mental Health Science.
This Certificate covers the theory of lifestyle medicine for mental health. To qualify as a Mental Health Coach, you must also:
1. Undertake our Health Coach Program to learn the core foundational skills of health coaching, and
2. Complete the practical mental health coaching skills live labs as included in the Certificate in Mental Health Practice.
You can certainly choose to become a Mental Health Coach in the future after completing this Certificate. Please contact us to discuss your upgrade options.
How do I know this Certificate is credible and contains correct information?
The Certificate is scientifically-based and evidence-informed with full academic references provided for all materials. It is taught by our highly qualified, world-class teaching Faculty with extensive real-world experience including the renowned Prof Julia Rucklidge, Prof Clinical Psychology at University of Canterbury and Professor of Public Health Grant Schofield.
What if I am unhappy with this Certificate?
If you are dissatisfied for any reason with your purchase, contact us within 30 days and we will give you a full refund, no questions asked.
What support will I receive after graduating?
After graduation you are invited to join the PREKURE Postgrad Network, an exclusive membership offering postgraduate professional support to PREKURE graduates.
PREKURE Network Membership is an optional resource for you to continue learning & developing, and provides all the ongoing support, resources and tools you need to thrive in your health and/or coaching career.
Do I get lifetime access to the course content?
No. All PREKURE course content is available for 12 months from the date you enrol.
However graduates can retain access to their course content by joining the PREKURE Postgrad Network, an exclusive membership offering postgraduate professional support to PREKURE graduates. This includes access to updated content, resources and references as we continue to develop and re-release courses.
Can I get a taste of what the learning will be like before committing?
You can get a taste of some of our learning before committing to the full Certificate in Mental Health Science in our Mental Health Toolbox Short Course.
What payment options are there?
You can either pay upfront in 1 payment, or take advantage of our 6 and 12 month payment plans.
6 month payment plan: Pay an additional 8% and split your payment into 6 monthly payments.
12 month payment plan: Pay an additional 8% and split your payment into 12 monthly payments.
Please note, that if you are on a payment plan you must have paid in full to be eligible to graduate.
How can I learn more?
Book a call with us. We’d love to understand where you are at and talk about what study options will suit you best.
PREKURE provides training in the theory and practice of lifestyle medicine for mild to medium mental health challenges. We cannot provide personalised medical advice. If you or your loved ones require personal medical advice, or suffer from moderate to severe mental ill-health, then we recommend you consult a registered health practitioner (GP, Registered Psychologist).
Need help now?
- In New Zealand: If life is in danger, call 111 or go to your nearest hospital emergency department. Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor or access other Helplines and Support here
- In Australia: If life is in danger, call 000 or go to your nearest hospital emergency department. Or call 13 11 14 (Lifeline), 1300 22 4636 (Beyond Blue), or call 1300 659 467 (Suicide Call Back Service).