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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 Public Health
MPH

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 Master of Public Health requires that the candidate will:

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

(b) have been awarded or qualified for a Bachelor’s degree in the health sciences with a minimum grade average of B-, or equivalent; or

(c) have been awarded or qualified for a Bachelor’s degree in the health sciences or other relevant discipline, and have relevant professional experience, or equivalent; or

(d) have been awarded or qualified for a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health with a minimum Grade Average of B-, or equivalent.

Qualification Requirements

2. Candidates for the Master of Public Health shall follow a parts-based programme of study, which shall consist of 700 and 800 level courses totalling at least 240 credits, comprising:

(a) Parts One and Two as specified in the Schedule for the Qualification;

and including:

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

(c) attendance at contact workshops, block courses, field trips, studios, workshops, tutorials, laboratories and practical work as required.

3. Notwithstanding Regulation 2, the programme of study for a candidate admitted under Regulation 1(c) will consist of at least 180 credits, including:

(a) Parts One and Two as specified in the Schedule for the Qualification;

and including:

(b) any compulsory courses not already completed or waived listed in the Schedule for the Qualification; and

(c) attendance at contact workshops, block courses, field trips, studios, workshops, tutorials, laboratories and practical work as required.

4. Notwithstanding Regulation 2, the programme of study for a candidate admitted under Regulation 1(d) will consist of at least 120 credits, including:

(a) at least 60 credits from Part Two;

and including:

(b) any compulsory courses not already completed or waived listed in the Schedule for the Qualification; and

(c) attendance at contact workshops, block courses, field trips, studios, workshops, tutorials, laboratories and practical work as required.

Specialisations

5. The Master of Public Health is awarded without a specialisation.

Student Progression

6. For progression to Part Two of the degree, candidates must have achieved a minimum Grade Average of B over the courses completed in Part One.

7. In cases of sufficient merit, the Master of Public Health may be awarded with a class of award in accordance with the general regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates.

Completion Requirements

8. The timeframes for completion as outlined in the General Regulations for Postgraduate Qualifications will apply.

9. 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 graduation may, subject to the approval of the Academic Board, be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health should they meet the relevant qualification requirements.

Academic Progress

10. The general Unsatisfactory Academic Progress regulations will apply.

Transitional Provisions

11. Subject to any Maximum Time to Completion and the Abandonment of Studies provisions specified in the Part I regulations for the degree, all candidates enrolled in the Master of Public Health prior to 1 January 2022, may satisfy the admission requirements in place prior to this date.

(a) Candidates who have successfully completed 30 credits of elective courses may substitute these for 231704.

(b) Candidates who have successfully completed 15 credits of elective courses are permitted to take a further 15 credit elective course and substitute this, together with the elective course already taken, for 231704. The 15 credits must be at 700-level from either the 231, 250, 251 or 252 discipline area, excluding those courses from the 231 discipline already in Part One of the Schedule.

(c) Candidates who have successfully completed 231730 and 231731 may substitute these for 231727. Candidates who have only taken 231730 are permitted to take to 231731, and then substitute 231730 and 231731 for 231727.

These transition arrangements expire 31 December 2025.

12. In all cases candidates must complete the qualification within the timeframes for completion as specified in the Completion Requirements.

Schedule for the Master of Public Health

Part One

Compulsory courses (120 credits from)

231704 Hauora Māori 30 credits

231725 Foundations of Public Health 15 credits
R 231701

231726 Health Systems and Policy 15 credits
R 231701

231727 Epidemiology and Biostatistics 30 credits
R 231730 and 231731

231728 Public Health Practice 15 credits

231729 Qualitative and Participatory Research in Public Health 15 credits

Elective courses (No more than 60 credits from)

150702 Pae Ora: Māori Health Advancement 30 credits

151717 Selected Topics in Public Health Nutrition 15 credits

231705 Pacific Health 30 credits

231732 Physical Activity Promotion 15 credits

231733 Big Public Health Issues 15 credits

250703 Health Communication 15 credits

250818 Research Report 30 credits

Part Two

Option A (60 credits from)

231818 Public Health Praxis 1 30 credits

231819 Public Health Praxis 2 30 credits
C 231818

60 credits of elective courses from Part One

Option B (90 credits from)

231818 Public Health Praxis 1 30 credits

250817 Research Report 60 credits

30 credits of elective courses from Part One

Option C (120 credits from)

231818 Public Health Praxis 1 30 credits

231821 Public Health Thesis 90 Pt 1 45 credits

231822 Public Health Thesis 90 Pt 2 45 credits
C 231821