UniversityUniversity of Otago
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Expected Feb 2024
University of Otago
The Bachelor of Oral Health (BOH) programme is an exciting new three-year degree at New Zealand’s only School of Dentistry, delivering an excellent innovative education in oral health.
Oral Health degree students will be working in a team with undergraduate and postgraduate dental and dental technology students, and with constant access to highly qualified specialist staff. Graduates will be leaders in the field, as the programme ensures that its teaching and research are continually refined and improved to keep in step with oral health best-practice.
Why study Dentistry?
Dentistry is a challenging profession that combines a high degree of manual dexterity and precision with a thorough understanding of craniofacial biology and pathology, and excellent communication skills.
The dentist is the leader of the oral health team and can diagnose and carry out treatment planned to each patient’s oral needs.
If you’re considering a career as a dentist, you should be prepared for lifelong learning to maintain your practising standards.
As a graduate, there are opportunities for full- or part-time work in New Zealand or overseas; and opportunities include private general or specialist practice, academic careers, or hospital- or defence-based practice.
Dentistry teaches you:
The scientific foundations in anatomy, physiology, and oral biology
About public health dentistry and how to develop your communication skills
Clinical skills, first in simulation classes in the Faculty of Dentistry’s cutting-edge simulation laboratory, and then in patient sessions
About a wide range of clinical dental disciplines including prosthodontics and clinical cariology, endodontics, periodontics, paediatric dentistry, orthodontics, oral medicine, oral surgery, oral pathology, and special needs dentistry
What will I study?
After selection from Health Sciences First Year (HSFY), or from other possible categories, you commence studies in second-year Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS).
There are three themes that run through the entire course.
In second year, the largest theme is Biomedical Sciences, which lays the scientific foundations in anatomy, physiology, and oral biology for the introductory clinical work you will undertake in the second theme, The Dentist and the Patient.
In the third theme, The Dentist and the Community, you will learn about public health dentistry and about how to further develop your communication skills.
In third and fourth year, The Dentist and the Patient is a major component of the curriculum. Here you will develop your clinical skills, initially in simulation sessions in our state-of-the-art simulation laboratory and then in patient sessions.
You will cover a wide range of clinical dental disciplines including prosthodontics and clinical cariology, endodontics, periodontics, paediatric dentistry, orthodontics, oral medicine, oral surgery, oral pathology, and special needs dentistry.
To underpin your increasing clinical experience, the biomedical sciences papers will cover general and oral pathology, growth and development, medicine, surgery, and therapeutics. In The Dentist and the Community, you will explore epidemiology and determinants of oral health and culture, and ethnicity and oral health.
In fifth year, you will consolidate your clinical experience and undertake a research project, either in Dunedin, elsewhere in New Zealand, or overseas.
The due date for the submission of your application: 15 September
Applications for admission may be made under the following categories: Secondary School, One Year of University Study, Two or More Years of University Study, Graduate, Alternative.
We recognise many other qualifications as equivalent to the New Zealand qualification for entrance.
We also accept the following international qualifications:
English language requirements