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Master of Health Sciences (MHealSc)

This course is available

Online, On-Campus

Level of Study

Master's Degree

Duration

1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023

Campus

Christchurch Campus

Summary

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

BITC Bioethics

CHIC Children's Issues

COBE Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy

CTMG Continence Management

HASC Health Sciences

HAZA Hazard Assessment and Management

MSME Musculoskeletal Medicine

NURS Nursing

NUTN Human Nutrition

OCCH Occupational Health

PAIN Pain Management

PHTY Physiotherapy

PSME Psychological Medicine

PUBH Public Health

REHB Rehabilitation

SPME Sports Medicine

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Entry criteria

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

  • IELTS Academic - Score of 6.5 in the academic module (with no individual band below 6.0). IELTS Online is also accepted.
  • Internet-based TOEFL - Score of 90 with a minimum writing score of 21
  • Paper-based TOEFL - score of 587 (TWE 4.5)
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) & Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - Minimum of 176
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic - Overall score of 58 with no communicative skills score below 50.
  • LanguageCert - International ESOL: C1 Expert (LRWS) with a high pass overall and no less than a pass in each skill OR C2 Mastery (LRWS) with a pass overall and no less than a pass in each skill
  • NZCEL - NZCEL 5 Academic endorsement

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