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Study Oral Health at Otago

Oral Health Staff


The three-year Bachelor of Oral Health degree focuses on oral health therapy (dental hygiene and dental therapy) and oral health promotion. Your clinical skills will develop over the three years, as well as opportunities to advance health promotion skills, particularly in relation to oral health. As an Oral Health graduate you can register to practise in New Zealand and Australia as an oral health therapist.

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Career opportunities

You can practise in private dental practices, orthodontic practices, community-based clinics, iwi-based clinics and hospital dental clinics. You can continue with postgraduate study and research, through postgraduate diplomas or Master of Oral Health, Master of Health Sciences, Master of Public Health and PhD degrees.

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Entry is competitive. To be admitted to the programme you must be eligible to attend university and have attained a high standard in NCEA Level 3 Biology and English or a recognised equivalent. Your online application is made through the Health Sciences Admissions Office website  from early August and closes on 15 September of the year preceding enrolment.

100-level papers

These papers will give you the background knowledge and skills to progress to second-year clinical practice.

  • 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

200- and 300-level and beyond

You will study human disease and pharmacology, clinical oral health practice, New Zealand society, health promotion, and be involved with research.

Health and Conduct

The Division of Health Sciences requires all applicants applying for any of its health professional programmes to declare any criminal or disciplinary charges they have faced, or are facing, and any health status issues which could affect their participation in clinical aspects of the programme or their overall fitness to practise.

Contact the Health Sciences Admissions Office for information.

The Vulnerable Children Act 2014 is aimed at providing better protection for vulnerable children. One of the ways it aims to do this is by introducing 'safety checking'. Applicants who enter the programme will receive further information regarding the timing of these checks.

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Contact details

Tel +64 3 479 7036
Fax +64 3 479 7677

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See the full list of Oral Health (DEOH) papers.

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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

PUBH 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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