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Key to the tables

P Prerequisite: Course(s) you must complete to a defined standard (or have waived) before your enrolment in another course is confirmed.

C Corequisite: Course(s) that must be completed in the same semester as another course, unless already passed or waived.

R Restriction: Similar courses, that cannot both be credited to the same qualification.

The Degree of Master of Health Science
MHlthSc

Qualification Regulations

Part I

These regulations are to be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, and Postgraduate Certificates.

Part II

Admission

1. Admission to the Degree of Master of Health Science requires that the candidate will:

(a) meet the University admission requirements as specified; and

(b) have been awarded or qualified for a relevant health related Bachelor's degree or equivalent with a minimum B- grade average over the 200 and 300 level courses; or

(c) have been awarded or qualified for a relevant health related Bachelor's degree or equivalent and have extensive relevant professional experience; or

(d) have been awarded or qualified for a Postgraduate Diploma in a relevant health related discipline; or

(e) have been awarded or qualified for the Degree of Bachelor of Health Science with Honours.

2. Notwithstanding Regulation 1, candidates for the Nursing subject will be a registered nurse with a practising certificate from the Nursing Council of New Zealand.

3. Notwithstanding Regulation 1, candidates for the Medical Laboratory Research subject will hold a current Annual Practicing Certificate (APC) for employment in the Scope of Practice of "Medical Laboratory Scientist" and have been practicing as a Medical Laboratory Scientist in an ISO15189 accredited NZ Diagnostic Medical Laboratory for at least one year.

4. Notwithstanding regulation 1(b) and (c) in order to be admitted to the Psychology subject, candidates must have been awarded or qualified for:

(a) a relevant health related Bachelor's degree having achieved at least a B grade average in the 300-level level courses, or equivalent; or

(b) a relevant health related Bachelor's degree and have extensive relevant professional experience; or

(c) a Postgraduate Diploma in a relevant health related discipline or the Bachelor of Health Science with Honours, having achieved at least a B grade average, or equivalent.

Qualification Requirements

5. Candidates for the Degree of Master of Health Science shall follow a parts-based programme of study, which shall consist of 700- and 800-level courses totalling at least 180 credits, comprising:

(a) Part One and Part Two as specified for the Qualification;

(b) completion of a subject;

and including

(c) any compulsory courses listed in the Schedule for the Qualification; and

(d) attending contact workshops, block courses, field trips, studios, workshops, tutorials, and laboratories as required.

6. Notwithstanding Regulation 5, candidates admitted under Regulation 1(d) or (e) may apply for credit towards Part One of the qualification in accordance with the limits specified in the Recognition of Prior Learning regulations.

Specialisations

7. Candidates for the Degree of Master of Health Science must complete the requirements for one subject.

8. The requirements for each subject are set out in the Schedule for the Degree.

9. Subjects available are: Environmental Health, Māori Health, Psychology, Rehabilitation, Sport and Exercise, Bioscience, Medical Laboratory Research, Nursing, and Occupational Health and Safety.

Student Progression

10. For Professional pathway route, progression from Part One to Part Two, candidates must have achieved a minimum B- grade in the Part One Core course 168.713.

11. For research pathway route progression from Part One to Part Two, candidates must have achieved a minimum B grade in the Part One Core course, one of 168.711, 179.702, 150.714, 175.738.

12. In cases of sufficient merit, the Degree of Master of Health Science will be awarded with distinction or merit.

Completion Requirements

13. The timeframes for completion as outlined in the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, and Postgraduate Certificates will apply.

14. Candidates may be graduated when they meet the Admission, Qualification and Academic requirements within the prescribed timeframes. Candidates who do not meet the requirements for progression from Part One to Part Two, or who do not meet the requirements for graduation may, subject to the approval of the Academic Board, be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science or the Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing should they meet the relevant Qualification requirements.

Unsatisfactory Academic Progress

15. The general Unsatisfactory Academic Progress regulations will apply.

Transitional Provisions

16. Subject to the Maximum Time to Completion and Abandonment of Studies provisions specified in the Part I regulations or the degree, candidates enrolled in the Master of Health Science prior to January 2019 may substitute a course or courses already taken for a course or courses at the same level within Part One of the Schedule until December 2022.

17. Subject to the Maximum Time to Completion and Abandonment of Studies provisions specified in the Part I regulations for the degree, candidates enrolled in the Māori Health subject prior to 1 January 2022, who are undertaking study in conjunction with the Professional Pathway may continue in the Professional Pathway by completing 168.713 and 250.816. For those students who have successfully completed 250.817, this may be counted instead of 250.816. These transitional arrangements expire 31 December 2025.

18. Subject to the Maximum Time to Completion and Abandonment of Studies provisions specified in the Part I regulations for the degree candidates enrolled in the Nursing subject prior to 1 January 2022 who have successfully completed 168.890 may substitute this for 250.816. These transitional arrangements expire 31 December 2025.

19. Subject to the Maximum Time to Completion and Abandonment of Studies provisions specified in the Part I regulations for the degree candidates enrolled in the Occupational Health and Safety subject prior to 1 January 2022 who are undertaking study in conjunction with the Professional Pathway and who have successfully completed 250.817 may count this towards Professional Pathway requirements. These transitional arrangements expire 31 December 2025.

20. Subject to the Maximum Time to Completion and Abandonment of Studies provisions specified in the Part I regulations for the degree candidates enrolled in the Sport and Exercise subject prior to 1 January 2022 who have successfully completed either 234.860 or 234.870 may substitute either of these for 250.816. These transitional arrangements expire 31 December 2025. Candidates who have successfully completed 234.897 and 234.898 may count these towards the requirements of Part Two. Candidates who are part way through 234.898 may complete this and count both 234.897 and 234.898 towards the requirements of Part Two. These transitional arrangements expire 31 December 2025.

Schedule for the Master of Health Science

Part One

Core courses: Professional Pathway

168.713 Evidence-Based Practice 30 credits

or (Psychology specialisation only)

175.738 Psychological Research: Principles of Design 15 credits

Core courses: Research Pathway

168.711 Health Research Design and Method 30 credits
R 168810, 168710

179.702 Advanced Research Methods 30 credits

or (Māori Health specialisation only)

150.714 Ta Te Māori Rangahau Korero: Māori Research Methodologies 30 credits

or (Psychology specialisation only)

175.738 Psychological Research: Principles of Design 15 credits

Subjects

Bioscience (150 credits)

Compulsory course

214.781 Advanced Topics in Health Science 30 credits

Subject courses

Research Pathway (No more than 60 credits from)

117.709 Biometrics for the Animal and Nutritional Sciences 15 credits
R 151709

147.704 Drugs and Society 30 credits

151.716 Advanced Nutrition and Disease 15 credits

151.717 Selected Topics in Public Health Nutrition 15 credits

168.733 Physiology and Pathophysiology 30 credits

194.732 Advanced Cell Physiology 30 credits

231.730 Epidemiology and Biostatistics 1 15 credits
R 231703

231.731 Epidemiology and Biostatistics 2 15 credits
P 231730 R 231703

231.732 Physical Activity Promotion 15 credits

231.733 Big Public Health Issues 15 credits

250.703 Health Communication 15 credits

252.701 Sleep and Circadian Science for Health Practitioners 30 credits
R 252702

Part Two

Research Pathway (Between 60 and 120 credits from)

250.810 Thesis 90 credits

250.811 Thesis 90 Credits Part I 45 credits

250.812 Thesis 90 Credits Part II 45 credits
C 250811

250.813 Thesis 120 credits

250.814 Thesis 120 Credits Part I 60 credits

250.815 Thesis 120 Credits Part II 60 credits
C 250814

250.817 Research Report 60 credits

Environmental Health (150 credits)

No new enrolments

Compulsory course

231.707 Environmental Health 30 credits

Subject courses

Professional Pathway (60 credits) or Research Pathway (No more than 30 credits)

214.772 Advanced Topics in Food Quality 30 credits

214.773 Advanced Topics in Water Quality 30 credits

214.774 Advanced Topics in Sound and its Reception 30 credits

214.777 Advanced Topics in Air Quality 30 credits

214.781 Advanced Topics in Health Science 30 credits

Part Two

Research Pathway (Between 90 and 120 credits from)

214.897 Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60 credits

214.898 Thesis 120 Credit Part 2 60 credits
C 214897

214.899 Thesis 120 credits

250.810 Thesis 90 credits

250.811 Thesis 90 Credits Part I 45 credits

250.812 Thesis 90 Credits Part II 45 credits
C 250811

250.813 Thesis 120 credits

250.814 Thesis 120 Credits Part I 60 credits

250.815 Thesis 120 Credits Part II 60 credits
C 250814

Professional Pathway (60 credits from)

250.816 Professional Project 60 credits

250.817 Research Report 60 credits

Medical Laboratory Research (150 credits)

Compulsory course

202.781 Current Topics in Medical Laboratory Science 30 credits

Subject courses

Research Pathway (No more than 60 credits from)

152.742 Health Systems Management 30 credits
R 250742

152.746 Contemporary Issues in Health Service Management 30 credits
R 250746

214.781 Advanced Topics in Health Science 30 credits

231.733 Big Public Health Issues 15 credits

250.703 Health Communication 15 credits

252.701 Sleep and Circadian Science for Health Practitioners 30 credits
R 252702

287.745 Lean Six Sigma 30 credits
R 287731

Part Two

Research Pathway (Between 60 and 120 credits from)

250.810 Thesis 90 credits

250.811 Thesis 90 Credits Part I 45 credits

250.812 Thesis 90 Credits Part II 45 credits
C 250811

250.813 Thesis 120 credits

250.814 Thesis 120 Credits Part I 60 credits

250.815 Thesis 120 Credits Part II 60 credits
C 250814

250.817 Research Report 60 credits

Māori Health (150 credits)

Subject courses

Research Pathway (Between 30 and 90 credits from)

150.701 Tino Rangatiratanga: Strategic Māori Development 30 credits

150.702 Pae Ora: Māori Health Advancement 30 credits

150.799 Research Report (30) 30 credits

231.704 Hauora Māori 30 credits

Part Two

Research Pathway (Between 60 and 120 credits from)

150.816 Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60 credits

150.817 Thesis 120 Credit Part 2 60 credits
C 150816

150.873 Research Report Māori Studies (60) 60 credits

150.881 Thesis 90 Credit Part 1 45 credits

150.882 Thesis 90 Credit Part 2 45 credits
C 150881

150.883 Thesis 90 credits

150.899 Thesis 120 credits

Nursing (150 credits)

Subject courses

Professional Pathway (90 credits) or Research Pathway (Between 30 and 90 credits)

150.701 Tino Rangatiratanga: Strategic Māori Development 30 credits

152.700 Organisation and Management 30 credits

152.742 Health Systems Management 30 credits
R 250742

152.743 Health Law and Policy 30 credits
R 250743

152.746 Contemporary Issues in Health Service Management 30 credits
R 250746

168.703 Managing Long Term Conditions 30 credits

168.717 Applied Ethics for Professional Practice 30 credits

168.721 Māori Centred Practice 30 credits

168.724 Primary Health Care Nursing 30 credits

168.731 Leadership in Nursing 30 credits

168.733 Physiology and Pathophysiology 30 credits

168.734 Clinical Pharmacology 30 credits

252.701 Sleep and Circadian Science for Health Practitioners 30 credits
R 252702

Part Two

Research Pathway (Between 60 and 120 credits from)

250.810 Thesis 90 credits

250.811 Thesis 90 Credits Part I 45 credits

250.812 Thesis 90 Credits Part II 45 credits
C 250811

250.813 Thesis 120 credits

250.814 Thesis 120 Credits Part I 60 credits

250.815 Thesis 120 Credits Part II 60 credits
C 250814

250.817 Research Report 60 credits

Professional Pathway (60 credits from)

250.816 Professional Project 60 credits

Occupational Health and Safety (150 credits)

Compulsory course

251.731 Advanced Occupational Safety and Health 30 credits

Subject courses

Professional Pathway (60 credits) or Research Pathway (No more than 60 credits)

251.770 Health and Safety Auditing 30 credits

251.772 Advanced Occupational Hygiene 30 credits

251.773 Hazard Management 30 credits

Part Two

Research Pathway (Between 60 and 120 credits from)

250.810 Thesis 90 credits

250.811 Thesis 90 Credits Part I 45 credits

250.812 Thesis 90 Credits Part II 45 credits
C 250811

250.813 Thesis 120 credits

250.814 Thesis 120 Credits Part I 60 credits

250.815 Thesis 120 Credits Part II 60 credits
C 250814

250.817 Research Report 60 credits

Professional Pathway (60 credits from)

250.816 Professional Project 60 credits

Psychology (165 credits)

Subject courses

Professional Pathway (105 credits) or Research Pathway (45 credits)

168.713 Evidence-Based Practice 30 credits

175.718 Postmodernism and Psychology 15 credits

175.719 Applied Criminal Psychology 15 credits

175.720 Advanced Psychology of Women 15 credits

175.721 Child and Family Therapy 15 credits

175.722 Principles of Clinical Neuropsychology 15 credits

175.725 Advanced Social Psychology 30 credits

175.729 Psychology and Culture 15 credits

175.730 Professional Practice in Psychology 15 credits

175.732 Psychological Well-being in Organisations 15 credits

175.733 Sustainable Livelihood 15 credits

175.734 Child Clinical Neuropsychology 15 credits

175.737 Occupational Psychology 15 credits

175.739 Health Psychology: Understanding Health and Illness 15 credits

175.740 Occupational Health Psychology 15 credits

175.741 Psychological Assessment in Organisations 15 credits

175.743 Health Psychology: The Social Context 15 credits

175.744 Health Psychology: Promoting Health 15 credits

175.746 Psychological Research: Quantitative Data Analysis 15 credits

175.747 The Psychology of Sport and Exercise 15 credits

175.748 The Psychology of Organisational Change 15 credits

175.750 Qualitative Methods in Psychology 15 credits

175.751 Neuropsychological Rehabilitation 15 credits

175.781 Understanding Mental Distress 15 credits

175.782 Clinical Psychology Assessment 15 credits

175.783 Clinical Psychology Interventions 15 credits

Part Two

Research Pathway (120 credits from)

175.894 Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60 credits

175.896 Thesis 120 Credit Part 2 60 credits
P C 175894

175.899 Thesis 120 credits

Professional Pathway (60 credits from)

175.873 Research Report Psychology (60) 60 credits

250.816 Professional Project 60 credits

Rehabilitation (150 credits)

No new enrolments

Compulsory courses

147.701 Rehabilitation Theory and Practice 30 credits

147.703 Vocational and Rehabilitation Counselling 30 credits

Subject courses

Professional Pathway (30 credits from)

147.704 Drugs and Society 30 credits

214.781 Advanced Topics in Health Science 30 credits

231.704 Hauora Māori 30 credits

231.705 Pacific Health 30 credits

231.732 Physical Activity Promotion 15 credits

231.733 Big Public Health Issues 15 credits

Part Two

Research Pathway (90 credits from)

147.816 Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60 credits

147.817 Thesis 120 Credit Part 2 60 credits
C 147816

250.810 Thesis 90 credits

250.811 Thesis 90 Credits Part I 45 credits

250.812 Thesis 90 Credits Part II 45 credits
C 250811

Professional Pathway (60 credits from)

250.816 Professional Project 60 credits

250.817 Research Report 60 credits

Sport and Exercise (150 credits)

Compulsory course

234.724 Research Seminar in Sport and Exercise 15 credits

Subject courses (15 credits from)

175.747 The Psychology of Sport and Exercise 15 credits

231.732 Physical Activity Promotion 15 credits

250.703 Health Communication 15 credits

Professional Pathway (60 credits) or Research Pathway (no more than 60 credits)

234.725 Athletic Conditioning 30 credits
R 234716

234.726 Exercise and Sport Science 30 credits
R 234720, 234721, 234722, 234723

234.727 Physical Activity for Compromised Health 30 credits
R 234717, 234718, 234719

Part Two

Research Pathway (Between 60 and 120 credits from)

250.810 Thesis 90 credits

250.811 Thesis 90 Credits Part I 45 credits

250.812 Thesis 90 Credits Part II 45 credits
C 250811

250.813 Thesis 120 credits

250.814 Thesis 120 Credits Part I 60 credits

250.815 Thesis 120 Credits Part II 60 credits
C 250814

250.817 Research Report 60 credits

Professional Pathway (60 credits from)

250.816 Professional Project 60 credits