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MHealSc endorsed in Mental Health


The degree of Master of Health Sciences allows study at postgraduate level across a range of health disciplines and research experience (thesis or dissertation) in the student's area of specialisation. 


Every candidate for the degree of MHealSc (Mental Health) shall

  1. be a graduate or possess an appropriate health professional qualification requiring at least three years' full-time tertiary study
  2. present evidence of ability for advanced level academic study 
  3. be currently working in the field of mental health

Note: Candidates who have not previously enrolled for university study, or who have not achieved grades averaging B or better, will normally be expected initially to enrol for a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences.

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Structure of the Master of Health Sciences (Mental Health)

i Approved papers to the value of 90 points (90 points)
  • PSME 401 The Nature, Extent and Assessment of Mental Disorders (30 points)
  • PSME 404 Assessment of Addiction and Coexisting Disorders (30 points)
  • PSME 405 Contemporary Approaches to Mental Health Practice (30 points)
  • PSME 407 Forensic Psychiatry (30 points)
  • PSME 416 Applied Theory of Addiction and Coexisting Disorders (30 points)
  • PSME 418 Eating Disorders (30 points)
  • PSME 422 Treatment of Addiction and Coexisting Disorders (30 points)
  • PSME 424 Pharmacotherapy of Addiction and Coexisting Disorders (30 points)
  • PSME 427 Interpersonal Psychotherapy (60 points)
  • PSME 432 An Introduction to Perinatal Psychiatry (30 points)
  • PSME 433 An Introduction to Infant Mental Health (30 points)
  • NURS 403 Mental Health Nursing Practice (30 points)
  • NURS 404 Advanced Mental Health Nursing (30 points)
  • NURS 409 Mental Health Nursing Practicum (30 points)
Note: Students may seek approval to undertake one 30 point paper which is not included in the above list
ii Approved research methods paper(s) (30 points)
Examples include:
  • PSME 406 Research Methods : Mental Health (30 points)
    Taught via on-campus blocks in Christchurch via the Department of Psychological Medicine
  • NURS 415 Nursing Research Methods (30 points)
  • PUBH 723 Survey Methods - taught on campus Christchurch (15 points) and
    PUBH 724 Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods - taught on campus Christchurch (15 points)
  • PHCY 506 Research Methods - distance taught via Dunedin School of Pharmacy (30 points)
  • HASC 417 Health Sciences Research Methods - distance taught via Wellington (30 points)
iii Research Pathway (120 points)
  • A thesis (120 points)
iii Coursework Pathway (120 points)
  • Two further approved 30 point papers (60 points)
  • A Dissertation (60 points)

Further information

Judith Stone
Department of Psychological Medicine
University of Otago, Christchurch
PO Box 4345, Christchurch, New Zealand
Tel +64 3 372 6704

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