UniversityUniversity of Otago
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Expected Feb 2023
The Master of Health Sciences (MHealSc) degree allows study at a postgraduate level across a range of health disciplines, and research experience (thesis, dissertation or project) in the student's area of specialisation.
Normally before embarking upon study within the Master of Health Sciences programme, students would first complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) and/or a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (PGDipHealSc). Students are normally required to obtain a B average over their Postgraduate Diploma in order to be admitted to Masters Study.
The Master of Health Sciences (MHealSc) comprises 120 points. This can be a thesis worth the entire 120 points, a 60 point dissertation and further papers to the value of 60 points, or 30 point research project and 90 points of further papers.
A 30 point research methods paper is a requirement for the Master of Health Sciences. It can be taken as a generic “unendorsed” option or as an endorsed" option from those listed below.
The Master of Health Sciences is taught from three campuses (Dunedin, Christchurch and Wellington).
Schedule of Endorsed Options
Endorsements marked with an asterisk are available through Distance Learning.
Each endorsement is based at a particular campus indicated below: D = Dunedin, C = Christchurch, W = Wellington, * Distance Learning
Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport * W
Aviation Medicine * W
Bioethics * D
Health Management D, C, W
Human Nutrition D
Mental Health * C
Musculoskeletal Management * C
Nursing * C
Nursing - Clinical * C
Occupational Health * D
Occupational Medicine * W
Pain and Pain Management * C
Rehabilitation * W
Schedule of Papers
CHHE 701 Community Child Health (30 points)
EDUC 427 Qualitative Research (30 points)
GENA 702 Sexual and Reproductive Health (30 points)
GENA 704 Te Tuhauora: Maori Health (30 points)
GENA 709 Long-term Condition Management (30 points)
GENA 710 Mental Health and Illness in Primary Care (30 points)
GENA 720 Refugee and Migrant Health (30 points)
GENA 731 Supporting Healthier Lifestyles: Core Principles (15 points)
GENA 732 Supporting Healthier Lifestyles: Sleep Management (15 points)
GENA 734 Supporting Healthier Lifestyles: Addiction and Drug Abuse (15 points)
GENA 735 Supporting Healthier Lifestyles: Challenging Conversations (15 points)
GENA 736 Pacific Health (30 points)
GENA 737 Obesity Prevention and management (30 points)
GENA 820 Core Studies in Medical Practice (30 points)
GENA 821 Research Methods (30 points)
GENA 822 Advanced Nature of General Practice (15 points)
GENA 823 Teaching and Learning in Medical Practice (15 points)
GENA 824 Ethics in General Practice (15 points)
GENA 825 Culture, Health and Society (15 points)
LAWS 448 Law and Psychiatry (15 points)
PHCY 520 Applied patient-centred care (30 points)
PHCY 521 Elective topics in patient-centred care (30 points)
PRHC 701 New Zealand Primary Health Care (30 points)
PRHC 702 Wilderness Medicine (30 points)
All papers with the following subject codes:
AVME Aviation Medicine
CHIC Children's Issues
COBE Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy
CTMG Continence Management
HASC Health Sciences
HAZA Hazard Assessment and Management
MSME Musculoskeletal Medicine
NUTN Human Nutrition
OCCH Occupational Health
PAIN Pain Management
PSME Psychological Medicine
PUBH Public Health
SPME Sports Medicine"
Every applicant, shall normally be required to satisfy all of the following: be a graduate in a health-related field or possess an appropriate health professional qualification requiring at least three years of full-time tertiary study; have completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences or equivalent with grades averaging B or better; have completed 30 points of research methods at NZQF Level 8 with a grade (or average grade if more than one paper is used to complete the 30 points) of B+ or better; and provide evidence of ability for advanced level academic study.
Applicants for admission where non-standard research methods requirements apply shall normally be required to satisfy all of the following: be a graduate in a health-related field or possess an appropriate health professional qualification requiring at least three years of full-time tertiary study; have completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences or equivalent with grades averaging B+ or better; and provide evidence of ability for advanced level academic study.
English language requirements