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Elevate the health and wellbeing of Māori communities through rangahau

You’ll learn how to apply Māori knowledge to explore the gains made and the potential to further elevate the health and wellbeing of iwi, hāpu, whānau, and Māori communities.

  • Level

  • Postgraduate, NZQF Level 9
  • Distance learning

  • Available
  • Duration

  • 1.5 year(s) full-time. Available part-time.
  • Other

  • Not all courses are available in any one year. Some distance courses contain compulsory contact workshops.

Hui te wānanga, hui te Rangiora

(assemble within the house of knowledge, assemble within the abode of health, life, and vitality)

Excerpt from Te Kawa a Toi Karakia composed by Professor Meihana Durie

An understanding from experience of how to improve Māori health is key to shaping the social, political and economic future of our nation. The Master of Health Science (Māori Health) can give you the knowledge and experience to challenge approaches that perpetuate racism and further disparities in Māori health. You’ll also learn how to champion kaupapa Māori and whānau-centred solutions. This programme will be suitable if you:

  • want to elevate the health and wellbeing of iwi, hāpu, whānau, and Māori communities
  • are committed to improving health outcomes for Māori
  • wish to investigate a particular aspect of Māori health through rangahau.

Toi Hauora provides teaching, research and supervision in Hauora. Situated within Te Pūtahi a Toi, the School of Māori Knowledge, you’ll gain from this group’s expertise in te reo, tikanga, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Māori policy and development, mātauranga, and rangahau.

When you graduate from this programme, you should be able to:

  • apply a Te Tiriti o Waitangi critical analysis to health
  • engage tikanga in professional and reflective practice
  • actively contribute to Māori health and wellbeing and the wider domains of health policy,  promotion and practice
  • offer advice and leadership in Māori health and wellbeing
  • broaden understandings and perspectives on health in relation to mātauranga and Māori development.
  • Employ kaupapa Māori and whānau-centred solutions to fulfil the aspirations of iwi, hāpu, whānau, and Māori communities’,
  • contribute in a considered and scholarly way to public debate on Māori health matters
  • specialise and be recognised/accredited in Māori health.

Careers and further study


The Master of Health Science (Māori Health) will expand your advancing career in Māori health in areas such as:

  • promotion and advocacy
  • leadership
  • advice and consultancy
  • policy and quality assurance
  • research and publication
  • governance.

Further study

If you successfully complete the Master in Health Science (Māori Health) may be eligible to enrol into a PhD with a specialisation in  Māori Knowledge.

Entry requirements

University admission

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Programme admission


To enter the Master of Health Science (Māori Health) programme you will have been awarded or qualified for:

  • a relevant health-related bachelor’s degree with a minimum B- grade average over the 200/300 level courses, or
  • a relevant health-related bachelor’s degree and extensive professional experience, or
  • a Postgraduate Diploma in a relevant health-related discipline, or
  • a Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) degree.

If you have a postgraduate diploma in a relevant health-related discipline or a Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) degree as outlined above, you may apply for credit towards Part One of the qualification in accordance with the limits specified in the Recognition of Prior Learning regulations.

You must provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.

You will also need to demonstrate your commitment to improving Māori health outcomes.

English and Māori language requirements

To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards. You will also need at least a basic proficiency in te reo Māori.

Prior learning, credit and exemptions

For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:

If you do not have the entry requirements

If you do not have:

  • relevant health-related bachelor’s degree with a minimum B- grade average over the 200/300 level courses OR
  • relevant health-related bachelor’s degree and extensive professional experience.

Then you may be eligible to do the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science (Māori Health).

English language and foundation courses

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and programmes that may help.

Courses and planning

Credit summary

180 credits

Professional Pathway

  • Part One compulsory course – 30 credits
  • Part One subject courses – 90 credits
  • Part Two research – 60 credits

Research Pathway

  • Part One compulsory course – 30 credits
  • Part One subject courses – 30-60 credits
  • Part Two research courses – 90-120 credits

A specialisation (subject) is compulsory.

Advanced entry: Those who have already completed specified qualifications in advance of the minimum entry requirements and have been granted credit for it, may be able to complete this degree in 60 - 120 credits.

Courses for this specialisation

Subject courses

Research Pathway

Between 30 and 90 credits
150701 Tino Rangatiratanga: Strategic Māori Development 30
150702 Pae Ora: Māori Health Advancement 30
150799 Research Report (30) 30
231704 Hauora Māori 30

Part Two

Research Pathway

Between 60 and 120 credits
150816 Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60
150817 Thesis 120 Credit Part 2 60
150873 Research Report Māori Studies (60) 60
150881 Thesis 90 Credit Part 1 45
150882 Thesis 90 Credit Part 2 45
150883 Thesis 90
150899 Thesis 120

Planning your programme

Planning overview

If you study full-time, you’ll take 120 credits per year or 60 credits per semester.

The Master of Health Science is a parts-based qualification. You must complete Part One before moving to Part Two.

The Master of Health Science (Māori Health) offers the research pathway.

Progression from Part One to Part Two requires you to achieve a minimum B grade in the Part One Core course 150.714.

We recommend that you begin with 150.702 Pae Ora: Māori Health Advancement (30 credits).

Not all courses are available in any one year. Some distance courses contain compulsory contact workshops.

Maximum time limits for completion

There are maximum time limits to complete postgraduate qualifications.  If you do not complete within the maximum time, you may be required to re-apply for the programme if you wish to continue your studies.

Time limits for Honours, Distinction and Merit

Where your qualification is completed within the stated time limit and to a high standard, you may be able to graduate with a class of Honours, Distinction or Merit. 

Fees and scholarships

Fees and finance

Fees, student loans and free fees scheme

Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.

There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

You can view fees for the courses that make up your qualification on the course details pages.

Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme

You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.

Current and returning Massey students can find their National Student Number in the student portal.

A good fit if you:

  • are committed to ensuring equity of health outcomes for Māori and Tiriti-led health care provision
  • aspire to elevate the health and wellbeing of Māori communities through kaupapa Māori and whānau-centred solutions
  • want to investigate a particular aspect of Māori health.

Accreditations and rankings

ShanghaiRanking - public health

Massey University is ranked in the top 300 universities in the world and fourth in New Zealand in the subject area of public health by the ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.

Key information for students

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Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.

Postgraduate regulations

General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates.

Regulations for this programme

Applying and enrolling

Applying for the programme

Check you are ready

If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.

Choose your programme and click on Apply now

You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.

Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.

Receive and accept an Admission Offer of Place

You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.

Enrolling in courses

You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.

When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:

  • prerequisites (courses you have to do before the one you are enrolling in)
  • corequisites (courses you have to do at the same time as the one you are enrolling in)
  • restrictions (courses that you cannot enrol in if you are completing or have completed another identified similar course)
  • location – for instance some distance-based courses still have an on-campus element, so double check that the way the course is taught is suitable for your situation.

Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.

More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.

You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.

We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!

If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.

What are courses and credits?

What are courses and credits?

Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).

You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.

Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.

There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.

  • See the ‘Courses for this programme’ section for the list of courses.
  • Courses search

Understanding course numbers

The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.

The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:

  • sub-degree courses are '0' (i.e. xxx.0xx)
  • undergraduate study begins at 100-level, (i.e. xxx.1xx)
  • as you progress through 200- and 300-level courses this number changes to 2 and 3 respectively. The higher the number that starts the second three digits, the higher the level of study.
1 6 2 . 3   0 1
Subject area   Level   Course ID number

Workload and time management

Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.

Estimate workload

Returning students

For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.

In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.

Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.

Find and apply for scholarships