Māori Health – Master of Health Science

Elevate the health and wellbeing of iwi, hapū, whānau, and Māori communities with Massey's Master of Health Science (Māori Health).

Where you can study

Distance and online

International students

International students are not New Zealand citizens or residents.

Definition of New Zealand citizens and residents

Not open to international students
Note: Not all courses are available in any one year. Some distance courses contain compulsory contact workshops.

Specialise in Māori Health for your Master of Health Science at Massey

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 qualification will be suitable if you:

  • want to elevate the health and wellbeing of iwi, hapū, 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 qualification, 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, hapū, 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.

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.

A Master of Health Science in Māori Health is 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.

Planning information

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 150714 Ta Te Māori Rangahau Korero: Māori Research Methodologies.

We recommend that you begin with 150702 Pae Ora: Māori Health Advancement (30 credits).

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

Official regulations

To understand what you need to study and must complete to graduate read the official rules and regulations for this qualification.

You should read these together with all other relevant Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, and Postgraduate Certificates.

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 qualification 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 qualifications go to the Massey University Calendar.

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

Courses you can enrol in

Course planning key

Prerequisites
Courses that need to be completed before moving onto a course at the next level. For example, a lot of 200-level courses have 100-level prerequisite courses.
Corequisites
Courses that must be completed at the same time as another course are known as corequisite courses.
Restrictions
Some courses are restricted against each other because their content is similar. This means you can only choose one of the offered courses to study and credit to your qualification.

Subject courses

Research Pathway

Choose between 30 and 90 credits from
Course code: 150701 Tino Rangatiratanga: Strategic Māori Development 30 credits

Strategies for Māori advancement are examined within a Māori development framework. Barriers to development and the facilitation of positive development are explored using criteria relevant to indigenous self-determination. There is a focus on land, fisheries, social policy, health, Treaty settlements and opportunities for positive development.

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Course code: 150702 Pae Ora: Māori Health Advancement 30 credits

Strategies for the advancement of Māori health will be explored with a particular focus on health planning, national Māori health related strategies, health funding, the delivery of health services, and the link between Māori health strategies and positive Māori development.

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Course code: 150799 Research Report (30) 30 credits
Course code: 231704 Hauora Māori 30 credits

This course provides an overview and analysis of hauora Māori perspectives. Historical and contemporary contexts and challenges are used to discuss Māori approaches in public health, with reference to Māori knowledge and Māori leadership. The course focuses on developing critical consciousness for becoming advocates and champions for Māori health through Te Tiriti o Waitangi-led practice.

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Part Two

Research Pathway

Choose between 60 and 120 credits from
Course code: 150816 Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60 credits

A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.

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Course code: 150817 Thesis 120 Credit Part 2 60 credits

A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.

Corequisites: 150816

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Course code: 150873 Research Report Māori Studies (60) 60 credits
Course code: 150881 Thesis 90 Credit Part 1 45 credits

A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.

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Course code: 150882 Thesis 90 Credit Part 2 45 credits

A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.

Corequisites: 150881

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Course code: 150883 Thesis 90 credits

A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.

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Course code: 150899 Thesis 120 credits

A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.

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Entry requirements

Admission to Massey

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

Specific requirements

To enter the Master of Health Science (Māori Health) 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 qualification you must meet Massey University's English language standards. You will also need at least a basic understanding of te reo Māori and tikanga.

English language skills

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, see our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses.

Can't meet 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).

Fees and scholarships

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.

Fees disclaimer

This information is for estimation purposes only. Actual fees payable will be finalised on confirmation of enrolment. Unless otherwise stated, all fees shown are quoted in New Zealand dollars and include Goods and Services Tax, if any. Before relying on any information on these pages you should also read the University's Disclaimer Notice.

Careers and job opportunities

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.

Accreditations and rankings

ShanghaiRanking - public health

Massey University is ranked in the top 400 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.

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