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Master of Health Sciences (MHealSc) Endorsed in Occupational Medicine

Key information

Level of study:
Master's Degree
Tuition fees:
Duration:
1 to 2 years
Start date: February-2021
Campus:
Wellington Campus
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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 an "endorsed" option.

Occupational medicine practice encompasses the full breadth of clinical medicine, but also requires practitioners to be highly competent in a range of other specialist areas of practice. Managing the health of workers requires not only a good understanding of the hazards that affect the health of workers, and the effect that worker’s health status has on work ability, but also their clinical and operational significance. This requires a good understanding of how to assess the scientific literature and its meaning in terms of application.

Programme Requirements

Master of Health Sciences (MHealSc) endorsed in Occupational Medicine

Thesis option

Three of:

  • AVME 715 Principles of Occupational Medicine
  • AVME 716 Clinical Occupational Medicine
  • AVME 723 Managing Occupational Medicine
  • AVME 724 Health and Industry

Approved research methods paper(s) to the value of 30 points

A thesis (120 points)

Coursework option

  • AVME 715 Principles of Occupational Medicine
  • AVME 716 Clinical Occupational Medicine
  • AVME 723 Managing Occupational Medicine
  • AVME 724 Health and Industry
  • AVME 801 Occupational Medicine Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • AVME 802 Vocational Rehabilitation

Approved research methods paper(s) to the value of 30 points

A research project (30 points)

Notes: A candidate, with the approval of the Board of Studies, may substitute alternative papers to a value of 60 points.

The Master of Health Sciences (MHealSc) endorsed in Occupational Medicine is available through Distance Learning.

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.

If your first language is not English you need to meet our English language requirements as follows: IELTS score of 6.5 in the academic module (with no individual band below 6.0); we also accept a number of other English language tests. Due to COVID-19, we currently accept Duolingo English Test (DET), IELTS Indicator Test, and TOEFL iBT Special home Edition.

Don’t meet the English language requirements? The University of Otago Language Centre "English for Otago" programme offers a pathway for Undergraduate and Postgraduate students to meet the English language requirements for undergraduate and postgraduate study.

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