UniversityUniversity of Canterbury
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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:
UC School of Health Sciences draw on their public health expertise to prepare graduates of the Health and Community major with the skills and knowledge to design and implement evidence-based health interventions in community settings.
This major helps students understand how communities contribute to health and well-being to increase the effectiveness of health promotion. Current and future workers within the fields of primary health, health promotion, public health and not-for-profit health organisations will benefit from this course of study.
The Health and Community endorsement will prepare students so that they can be employable and/or provide leadership in community health within Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally.
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.