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Expected Jul 2023
University of Canterbury
UC's Health Sciences qualifications give health professionals, non-clinical members of the health workforce and others interested in the health sector or health issues the opportunity to examine critically a range of significant issues in health sciences, and where relevant to improve their professional practice.
The Master of Health Sciences allows you to put together a postgraduate programme of study across health-related disciplines, such as the functioning of the health system, from the management of health information to health in communities. The increasing focus on prevention and lifestyle change provides enormous potential for a refocusing of health strategies and allied areas such as education, sport and recreation, and local government.
The Master of Health Sciences (MHSc) is a research-inclusive qualification worth 240 points. Students are supervised by some world-leading researchers in the School of Health Sciences.
The MHealSc contains two parts:
Our environment and how we change our physical or social our environment affect public health and are increasingly becoming important considerations. For example, air, water, and soil pollution, farming practices, unsustainable lifestyle, food production and consumption, changes in climate, poor housing, and abusive or high-risk social environments affect our health and well-being. That environment is a major concern in health and health care is reflected in Aotearoa New Zealand’s Health and Disability Strategy.
A broad range of career opportunities exist for graduates of health sciences in environmental and health disciplines. An increasing number of positions and opportunities are available with the industries, local and central governments, community agencies and organisations, non-governmental organisations, international organisations such as The World Health Organisation, intergovernmental organisations such as IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change), NGOs, and many others.
UC offers a Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences.
Many graduates continue to work within their health profession while others work in health-related fields, the social services, or local or central government.
Start date: Monthly by arrangement with supervisor
To enrol in the MHealSc, you must have completed either a relevant bachelor's degree, an appropriate health professional qualification, or the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (or equivalent) with at least a B Grade Point Average.
Students with a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (or equivalent) can complete Part II only (a full year of research – 120 points – in a pre-approved topic is recommended, although other options may be available).
Applicants must also satisfy our English language entry requirements:
Application deadline: At least 6 months before the planned start date.