Regulations - Medical And Health Sciences


The Degree of Master of Health Sciences – MHSc

The regulations for this degree are to be read in conjunction with all other relevant statutes and regulations including the Academic Statutes and Regulations.

Admission

1 In order to be admitted to this programme, a student needs to have:

either

a completed the requirements for a degree deemed relevant by Senate or its representative, with an average grade in the final year of study that is equivalent to a B or higher

or

b completed the requirements for the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences, or its equivalent, as approved by Senate or its representative, with an average grade of B or higher.

2 In order to be admitted to a specialisation within this programme a student needs to have completed the specified prerequisite programmes or courses.

Duration and Total Points Value

3 A student admitted to this degree under Regulation 1a must:

a pass courses with a total value of 240 points

and

b complete within the time limit specified in the General Regulations – Masters Degrees

and

c not exceed 280 points for the total enrolment for this degree.

4 A student admitted to this degree under Regulation 1b must:

a pass courses with a total value of 120 points

and

b complete within the time limit specified in the General Regulations – Masters Degrees

and

c not exceed 160 points for the total enrolment for this degree.

Structure and Content

5 A student wishing to enrol in the Nursing Practice courses listed in the Master of Health Sciences Schedule must hold current registration as a nurse in New Zealand.

6 A student wishing to enrol in the Clinical Imaging courses listed in the Master of Health Sciences Schedule must hold current registration with the New Zealand Medical Radiation Technologists Board, or as a Medical Radiation Technologist in their country of domicile, and must satisfy the Head of School of Medical Sciences that they have adequate access to clinical work in circumstances approved by the University of Auckland.

7 A student wishing to enrol in the Social Work courses listed in the Master of Health Sciences Schedule must hold an undergraduate degree recognised as a professional qualification by the Social Workers Registration Board.

8 A student wishing to enrol in the Optometry courses listed in the Master of Health Sciences Schedule must hold current registration as an optometrist in New Zealand.

9 A student admitted to this degree under Regulation 1a must complete the requirements for one of the 240 point options in the Master of Health Sciences Schedule.

10 A student admitted to this degree under Regulation 1b must complete the requirements for one of the 120 point options in the Master of Health Sciences Schedule.

11 The programme for each student must be approved by the relevant Head of School prior to enrolment.

12 A student who has to complete 240 points for this degree and whose programme includes a thesis, research portfolio, dissertation or research project must, before enrolment for the thesis, research portfolio, dissertation or research project, complete 120 points with a Grade Point Average of 5.0 or higher. If this is not achieved the courses passed will be reassigned to the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences.

13 A student admitted to this programme must complete the University of Auckland Academic Integrity Course as specified in the Enrolment and Programme Regulations, Academic Integrity, of the University Calendar.

Practical Requirements

14 A student enrolled for this degree who is required to carry out practical or clinical work must satisfactorily complete such work to the standard that the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences requires.

15 Where a weakness is identified in a clinical practice component of any course, students may be required to enrol in a clinical remediation course in addition to the requirements of their programme.

Suspension or Termination of Enrolment

16 a If a student is required to undertake clinical or practice experience as part of their programme, and their behaviour, attitude or circumstances is found, after due and fair inquiry, to be inappropriate, offensive or disruptive in this environment, or to be likely to give rise to a risk of harm to the welfare of any party in a clinical or practice environment, then the enrolment of the student in the programme may be terminated by Senate or its representative and any application to re-enrol may likewise be declined.

b A student who is subject to any such inquiry may be suspended by Senate or its representative from lectures, classes and any clinical attachments pending the outcome of the inquiry.

c A student whose enrolment is terminated or application to re-enrol is declined under Regulation 16a may appeal from that decision to the Council or its duly appointed delegate.

Fitness to Practise Requirements

17 a Students in the Nutrition and Dietetics specialisation must meet the applicable fitness to practise requirements, as outlined in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences’ Fitness to Practice Policy.

b Where a student is being investigated with regard to a fitness to practise matter under the policy, and there is a concern that the student’s attitudes or behaviour are inappropriate, offensive, disruptive, or may pose a risk of harm to the welfare of any party, that student’s attendance at lectures, classes and any clinical, industry or practise attachments may be suspended by the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences pending the outcome of the investigation.

c If a student is found, after due and fair inquiry, and taking into account any written response from the student, to be not fit to practise, the student’s enrolment in the programme may be suspended or terminated in accordance with the policy.

d Where a student’s enrolment in the programme has been terminated under Regulation 17c, any application to re-enrol may be declined.

e A student whose enrolment is suspended or terminated under Regulation 17c or their application to re-enrol declined under Regulation 17d may apply to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) for the appeal of that decision in accordance with the policy.

Variations

18 In exceptional circumstances Senate or its representative may approve a personal programme which does not conform to these regulations.

Honours

19 This degree may be awarded with Honours as specified in the General Regulations – Masters Degrees

Commencement

20 These regulations came into force on 1 January 2018. The 2012 regulations for the Degree of Master of Health Sciences were thereby repealed.

Master of Health Sciences (MHSc) Schedule

A student who has to complete 120 points must satisfy the following requirements:

Research Masters

120 points: HLTHSCI 796 Thesis

or

120 points: HLTHSCI 797 Research Portfolio

or

90 points HLTHSCI 793 Research Portfolio

and

30 points from courses listed in the Master of Health Sciences Schedule

or

90 points: OPTOM 791

and

30 points from courses listed in the Master of Health Sciences Schedule

Taught Masters

60 points from the courses listed in the Master of Health Sciences Schedule

60 points: HLTHSCI 790 Dissertation

or

60 points from the courses listed in the Master of Health Sciences Schedule

60 points: POPLHLTH 755 Applied Research Project

A student who has to complete 240 points must satisfy the following requirements:

Research Masters

120 points from an approved pathway as outlined in the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences Schedule

120 points HLTHSCI 796 Thesis

or

120 points from an approved pathway as outlined in the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences Schedule

120 points: HLTHSCI 797 Research Portfolio

or

120 points from an approved pathway as outlined in the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences Schedule

30 points from courses listed in the Master of Health Sciences Schedule

90 points: HLTHSCI 793 Research Portfolio

Taught Masters

120 points from an approved pathway as outlined in the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences Schedule

60 points from courses listed in the Master of Health Sciences Schedule

60 points: HLTHSCI 790 Dissertation

or

120 points from an approved pathway as outlined in the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences Schedule

60 points from courses listed in the Master of Health Sciences Schedule

60 points: POPLHLTH 755 Applied Research Project

Specialisation available:


Addiction and Mental Health

The MHSc in Addiction and Mental Health was suspended in 2017. Students who have a current enrolment in this specialisation should contact their faculty for advice regarding completion.

120 points:

120 points: HLTHSCI 796 Thesis

240 points:

30 points: POPLHLTH 735, 737

15 points: HLTHMGT 721 or 754

15 points: POPLHLTH 701 or 767

15 points: POPLHLTH 736 or POPLPRAC 765

30 points from POPLPRAC 708, 712, 765

15 points from HLTHMGT 721, 754, MAORIHTH 701, PAEDS 712, POPLHLTH 738, 739, 753, 773, 774, POPLPRAC 707, 712, 765

120 points: HLTHSCI 796


Nutrition and Dietetics

Prerequisite: BSc in Food Science and Nutrition including BIOSCI 358, MEDSCI 301, 312, 315, POPLHLTH 305, or equivalent

Requirement:

150 points: DIETETIC 703–706, MAORIHTH 701, POPLHLTH 701, 765

90 points: DIETETIC 793 Thesis

Courses available:


Audiology

AUDIOL 701, 702, 704, 713–715


Bioinformatics

BIOINF 701


Biological Sciences

BIOSCI 755–759


Clinical Education

CLINED 703–719


Clinical Imaging

CLINIMAG 705–720


Dietetics

DIETETIC 703–706, 793


Education

EDUC 741, 742, 753


Health Informatics

HLTHINFO 722–725, 728, 730


Health Management

HLTHMGT 721–754


Health Psychology

HLTHPSYC 714–721, 743, 744, 755, 757, 758


Health Sciences

HLTHSCI 700–708, 789, 790, 793, 796, 797


Māori Health

MAORIHTH 701, 705–711


Medical Imaging

MEDIMAGE 701–722


Medical Science

MEDSCI 700–743


Medicine

MEDICINE 703, 713, 732, 740–742


Nursing

NURSING 701–789


Nursing Practice

NURSPRAC 701–719


Obstetrics and Gynaecology

OBSTGYN 705, 712, 713, 715, 716, 720, 724, 725


Ophthalmology

OPHTHAL 703–706


Optometry

OPTOM 757, 759, 791


Paediatrics

PAEDS 700, 704–722


Pharmacy

PHARMACY 750–754, 760, 761


Population Health

POPLHLTH 700–755, 760–774


Population Health Practice

POPLPRAC 702–771


Professional Counselling

PROFCOUN 707


Professional Supervision

PROFSUPV 710


Psychiatry

PSYCHIAT 713, 721, 722, 730, 740, 741, 746, 747, 760–762, 766–774


Social Work

SOCWORK 718


Social Work Child and Family Practice

SOCCHFAM 700, 734

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