The Degree of Master of Health Sciences (MHealSc - 240 points)

The following regulations apply to students commencing study within the 2018 academic year. For previously published regulations, refer to the Calendar archive (Academic Services website). Find key terms in the Glossary of terms.

Regulations for the Degree of Master of Health Sciences

These regulations must be read in conjunction with the General Regulations for the University.

1.
Version
(a)
These Regulations came into force on 1 January 2018.
(b)
This degree was first offered in 2005.
2.
Variations

In exceptional circumstances the Dean of Education and Health Sciences may approve a personal programme of study which does not conform to these Regulations.

3.
The structure of the qualification
To qualify for the Master of Health Sciences, a student must be credited with a minimum of 240 points towards the qualification, comprising:
(a)
Part I: 120 points of coursework as specified in Schedule B to these Regulations with a B Grade Point Average or better; and
(b)
Part II: either:
i.
a thesis equivalent to 120 points; or
ii.
a thesis equivalent to 90 points, and 30 points from Schedule B.
(c)
A student must complete 30 points of research methods courses, prior to enrolment in the thesis.
(d)
In exceptional circumstances, a student may transfer from the Master of Health Sciences Professional Practice and complete a 60 point dissertation to meet the requirements of the Master of Health Sciences, with approval from the Dean of Education and Health Sciences.
4.
Admission to the qualification
A student for the Master of Health Sciences, before enrolling for the degree programme,must:
(a)
have satisfied the Admission Regulations for the University to be admitted to this qualification;
(b)
for Part I, have either:
i.
qualified for a bachelor’s degree with a B Grade Point Average or better in a health-related discipline or an equivalent qualification; or
ii.
been admitted with Academic Equivalent Standing.
(c)
for Part II, must have:
i.
either:
a.
met the requirements for Part I with a B Grade Point Average or better; or
b.
qualified for a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences, or an equivalent postgraduate qualification with a B Grade Point Average or better; and
ii.
an approved topic and agreed supervision for the thesis; and
iii.
been approved as a student for the Master of Health Sciences by the Dean of Education and Health Sciences based on relevance and standard of previous study and professional experience.

For a student to enrol in the Master of Health Sciences Nursing endorsement they must also be enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing qualification through Ara Institute of Canterbury.

5.
Subjects

The Degree of Master of Health Sciences may be awarded either unendorsed or endorsed in one of the endorsements listed in Schedule A to these Regulations.

6.
Time limits
The time limit for this qualification is:
(a)
A maximum completion time of 48 months for a student enrolled in Part I; and
(b)
A maximum completion time of 48 months for a student enrolled in Part II.
7.
Transfers of credit, substitutions and cross-credits

This qualification adheres to the General Conditions for Credit and Transfer Regulations with the following stipulation:

With prior approval from the Dean of Education and Health Sciences, a student enrolled in Part I may be credited up to 60 points of relevant and equivalent postgraduate level courses from another school, department, College or from another university or tertiary institute.

8.
Progression

This qualification adheres to the General Regulations for the University, which permits 30 points of course failures to qualify for the degree, with the following stipulation:

A student enrolled in an endorsement must have approval from the Dean of Education and Health Sciences to continue in that endorsement following any failed course.

9.
Honours, Distinction and Merit

This qualification adheres to the General Regulations for the University and may be awarded with Distinction and Merit.

10.
Pathways to other qualifications
(a)
A student who has completed the requirements for the Master of Health Sciences, with a B Grade Point Average or better, may apply to the Dean of Postgraduate Research for admission to the PhD programme.
(b)
A student for the Master of Health Sciences who has not met the requirements for the degree or who wishes to transfer to the Master of Health Sciences Professional Practice, Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences, or Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences may apply to the Dean of Education and Health Sciences to withdraw from the degree and be awarded the Diploma or Certificate if they meet the requirements for that qualification.

Schedule A: Endorsement Requirements for the Degree of Master of Health Sciences

For full course information, go to www.canterbury.ac.nz/courses

A student must complete:
(a)
120 points from HLTH 690 in area of endorsement; or
(b)
90 points from HLTH 697 in area of endorsement and a further 30 points from the Master of Health Sciences Schedule B.

A student admitted under Regulation 2(b)(ii) must also complete the following prescribed courses for one endorsement:

Endorsed Option Requirements
Environment and Health

HLTH 403 and HLTH 460, and

60 points from Master of Health Sciences Schedule B, or

GEOG 401 and 30 points from the Master of Health Sciences Schedule B

Health and Community

HLTH 463 and HLTH 469, and

60 points from Master of Health Sciences Schedule B, or

Other relevant approved courses, or

GEOG 401 and 30 points from the Master of Health Sciences Schedule B

Health Behaviour Change

HLTH 430 and HLTH 431, and

60 points from the Master of Health Sciences Schedule B

Health Information Management

HLTH 402, and

30 points from HLTH 410, HLTH 489, MBIS 601, MBIS 623, INFO 620, INFO 633, or

30 points from relevant approved courses, and

60 points from the Master of Health Sciences Schedule B

Nursing

180 points from HLTH 465, HLTH 466, HLTH 467, HLTH 468, HLTH 463, HLTH 464

Note: The Nursing endorsement must be completed in conjunction with Ara Institute of Canterbury to meet Nursing Council requirements for registration.

Palliative Care

HLTH 450, HLTH 448 and HLTH 449, and

30 points from the Master of Health Sciences Schedule B

Note: A student who holds a PGCertHPC from Whitireia Community Polytechnic may be exempt 60 points in replacement of HLTH448 and HLTH449 on application to the Dean of Education, Health and Human Development.

Note: Coursework is normally completed prior to thesis or dissertation enrolment. A student should either complete HLTH 690 (120 points) or HLTH 697 (90 points), except those enrolled in the Nursing endorsement, who should complete HLTH 695 (60 points). HLTH 690, HLTH 695 and HLTH 697 require prior approval of topic and supervision.

Schedule B to the Regulations for the Master of Health Sciences: Courses

Courses may also be selected from within the following subjects, with the approval of the Head of School of Health Sciences: Applied Psychology, Biological Sciences, Biochemistry, Chemical and Process Engineering, Child and Family Psychology, Civil Engineering, Communication Disorders, Education, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Environmental Science, Geography, History, Human Services, Law, Maori, Mathematics and Statistics, Natural Resources Engineering, Pacific Studies, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations, Psychology, Public Health, Social Work, Sociology.

Notes:

  1. A list of appropriate courses in each subject is available from the School of Heath Sciences. Courses from subjects other than those listed above may also be approved by the Joint Board of Studies: Health.
  2. Courses available through the University of Otago's Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences or through other tertiary education institutions, may be approved for credit toward the degree, and may be required for specific endorsed options (see endorsement requirements).
  3. Special Topics in Health Sciences have been included to allow development of new courses by academic/adjunct staff in areas of special interest and expertise.

For full course information, go to www.canterbury.ac.nz/courses

Course Code Course Title
HLTH 401 Health and Health Systems
HLTH 402 Health Information Management
HLTH 403 Environmental Health
HLTH 405 Special Topic: Independent Study
HLTH 406 Special Topic
HLTH 407 Bioethics
HLTH 408 Special Topic: Independent Study
HLTH 409 Health and Culture
HLTH 410 Health Leadership and Management
HLTH 420 Early Intervention and Prevention in Public Health
HLTH 430 Motivating Behaviour Change I
HLTH 431 Motivating Behaviour Change II
HLTH 433 Bioethics A
HLTH 434 Bioethics B
HLTH 440 Family Health Assessment
HLTH 441 Family Health in Complex Situations
HLTH 448 The Foundation of Hospice Palliative Care
HLTH 449 Praxis in Hospice Palliative Care
HLTH 450 Palliative Care: Advanced Theory and Practice
HLTH 451 Men's Health
HLTH 460 Critical Appraisal in Health Research
HLTH 461 Special Topic
HLTH 462 Quantitative Methods in Health
HLTH 463 Whanau and Community Health
HLTH 464 Research Approaches for Health
HLTH 465 Professional Frameworks for Nursing Practice
HLTH 466 Health Assessment, Physiology and Pharmacology for Clinical Practice
HLTH 467 Mental Health and Addictions
HLTH 468 Acute and Long Term Health Care
HLTH 469 Health Issues in the Community
HLTH 472 Introduction to Psychometric Theory and Administration
HLTH 481 Counselling and Psychology: Theories and Skills
HLTH 482 Group Work: Process and Practice
HLTH 483 Solution Focused Theory and Skills
HLTH 484 Contemporary Approaches to Counselling
HLTH 489 Health Sciences Professional Practice
HLTH 690 MHealSc Thesis
HLTH 695 Health Sciences Dissertation
HLTH 697 Health Sciences Thesis