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Bachelor of Oral Health (BOH)



The Bachelor of Oral Health (BOH) programme is an exciting new three-year degree at New Zealand’s only School of Dentistry, delivering an excellent innovative education in oral health.

Oral Health degree students will be working in a team with undergraduate and postgraduate dental and dental technology students, and with constant access to highly qualified specialist staff. Graduates will be leaders in the field, as the programme ensures that its teaching and research are continually refined and improved to keep in step with oral health best-practice.

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Information for New Applicants

Applications for 2015

Open: August 2014
Close: 15 September 2014

Information regarding the guidelines for admission can be found on the following website.
Division of Health Sciences

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Subject Area

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Programme Requirements

Bachelor of Oral Health (BOH)

1st year

DEOH 101  The Body and its Environment

DEOH 102  The Oral Environment: Health and Disease

DEOH 103  Oral Informatics

DEOH 104  Clinical Oral Health Practice

MAOR 102 * Māori Society

* MAOR 102 must be taken in the second semester






2nd year

DEOH 201  Human Disease and Pharmacology

DEOH 202  Oral Health Therapy 1

DEOH 203  Oral Health Therapy 2

HEAL 202  Health Promotion

SOCI 101  Sociology of New Zealand Society






3rd year

DEOH 301  Community Oral Health and Oral Health Promotion

DEOH 302  Advanced Oral Health Therapy 1

DEOH 303  Advanced Oral Health Therapy 2

DEOH 304  Applied Oral Health Research





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Regulations for the Degree of Bachelor of Oral Health (BOH)

  1. Admission to the Programme

    1. Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Faculty of Dentistry on the advice of the Undergraduate Studies (Oral Health) Committee.
      1. The number of candidates to be admitted to the first year of the programme will be determined by the number of places available for clinical teaching.
      2. Applicants may be required to attend an interview.
    2. The Undergraduate Studies (Oral Health) Committee shall consider applications from candidates in the following categories:
      • Entry from secondary school
      • Entry with alternative qualifications and experience
    3. To gain admission from secondary school, a candidate will:
      1. have fulfilled the University’s entrance requirements by the time classes commence;
      2. have attained a satisfactory standard in NCEA Level 2 Biology and English or NZQA-recognised equivalents.
    4. To gain entry with alternative qualifications and experience, a candidate shall either
      1. have undertaken previous university study at a standard determined by the Undergraduate Studies (Oral Health) Committee; or
      2. be over the age of 20 years at the commencement of classes, have experience in a health-related field, and have passed the equivalent of NCEA Level 2 Biology within the last five years.
    5. The University of Otago is committed to initiatives that increase the number of Māori and indigenous Pacific Island graduates. The Division of Health Sciences is focused on ensuring that New Zealand's diverse health workforce needs are met, honouring the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi/Te Tiriti o Waitangi and promoting academic equity for under-represented groups.

      Applicants who have fulfilled the requirements as described in 1(c) or 1(d) may also be considered in one or both of the following categories:

      1. Māori.
      2. Indigenous Pacific (see note).

        An applicant in either or both of these sub-categories must provide verified evidence of either Māori whakapapa or indigenous Pacific ancestry and be a permanent resident or citizen of New Zealand.

        An applicant in either or both of these sub-categories must have achieved a minimum academic standard to be determined by the Undergraduate Studies (Oral Health) Committee from year to year in the course of study on which the application is based.

        Note: Students applying under the Indigenous Pacific sub-category need to provide verified evidence of family  ancestry originating from one or more of the following Pacific nations:  Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Cooks Islands, Niue, Tokelau, Fiji, Rotuma, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Palau, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Wallis and Futuna, Hawai'i, French Polynesia, Rapanui (Easter Island).

    6. Notwithstanding any of the above provisions, the Undergraduate Studies (Oral Health) Committee shall have discretion to consider any applicant who, not having satisfied these regulations in a particular aspect, warrants admission to the programme for exceptional reasons.

      1. Every applicant whose application for admission is based on qualifications gained outside New Zealand, and whose first language is not English or Māori, must provide evidence of competence and understanding of written and spoken English in the form of certified results in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), academic module, with an overall score of no less than 7 with a score of 6.0 or better for all of the individual components (bands). This test is to be taken in New Zealand.
      2. The due date for applications for enrolment in the first year of the programme is 15 September in the year preceding that in which the programme is to be commenced. Late applications will be considered.
      3. Further information for applicants seeking admission is available in the University of Otago Prospectus and at

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  2. Structure of the Programme

    1. Every programme of study shall satisfy the programme requirements above.
    2. Candidates will not normally be permitted to enrol in any papers of a year until all papers of the preceding year have been passed.

  3. Duration of the Programme

    The duration of the programme shall normally be three academic years of full-time study.

  4. Assessment

    1. Assessment for all papers will usually comprise two components: a theoretical component, and a clinical, practical or technical component.
    2. Both components will have summative internal assessments and may have a final examination.
    3. Summative internal assessments will be complemented by formative assessments and shall consist of such written, clinical, practical and oral assessments, either singly or as part of a group, as the Faculty requires. Students will be advised of the requirements for summative assessment at the commencement of each year of study.
    4. Final examination of the theoretical component shall consist of written papers and may include oral examinations or alternative examination formats as the examiners require. Final examination of the clinical, practical or technical component shall consist of such oral, clinical, practical or technical examinations as the examiners may require.
    5. To pass any paper a mark of 50% or above must be gained in both the theoretical component and the clinical, practical or technical component.
    6. The weighting of theoretical and clinical, practical or technical components to determine the final mark may vary from paper to paper.
    7. If either the theoretical component or the clinical, practical or technical component of a paper is failed, the paper will be deemed to be failed. If a paper has multiple modules, candidates will be required to pass the theoretical and clinical, practical or technical components of each module. On the recommendation of the Board of Examiners and with the approval of the Faculty, a student may be given an opportunity to undertake remedial activity and to be re-assessed in a special examination in the component that has been failed. Special examinations may take the form of such written, clinical, practical and oral assessment as the Faculty requires.
    8. Candidates will be informed whether they are required to undertake remedial activity and sit special examinations when results are submitted to the Examinations Office.
    9. If more than one component is failed, the student may, on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners and with the approval of the Faculty, be required to repeat the paper. A student who repeats a paper must repeat both components of that paper.
    10. Special consideration may be given if a student is unavailable to sit a summative internal assessment or final examination due to health problems or unforeseen personal circumstances. Supporting documentation must be submitted to the Faculty Operations Manager as soon as practicable.

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  5. Withdrawal from the Programme

    1. A student who withdraws on or before 10 July in the year of admission to first year classes will be required to reapply for admission to first year classes in the programme.
    2. A student who withdraws at any other time during the programme will be required to apply for readmission to the Faculty Operations Manager by 1 September of the year prior to that for which readmission is sought. Such a student will be readmitted only on the recommendation of the Faculty.

  6. Exclusion from the Programme

    A candidate who, in two academic years, fails to pass all papers which constitute a complete year of the programme may be excluded from further enrolment for the degree by the Board of the Division of Health Sciences on the recommendation of the Faculty of Dentistry.

  7. Variations

    On the recommendation of the Faculty, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) may, in exceptional circumstances, approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.

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