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Bachelor of Oral Health (BOH)

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Overview

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 2022
Open: 1 August 2021
Close: 15 September 2021

Information regarding the guidelines for admission can be found at Division of Health Sciences

This programme is subject to limitations on enrolment numbers. Qualified domestic students are given first preference, but places are likely to be available for international students who meet all the requirements.

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Subject area

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Programme requirements

Bachelor of Oral Health (BOH)

YearPapersPoints
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

15

15

15

57

18

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

14

35

35

18

18

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

15

45

45

15

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

  1. Admission to the Programme

    1. Admission to the programme shall be determined by the Oral Health Admissions Committee.
    2. Admission to the programme is limited to a number of domestic students determined annually. See regulation 1(j) regarding International students.
    3. Note: ‘Domestic student’ is defined in the Admission to University Statute 2011, clause 3.3.

    4. Applications for admission may be made under the following categories:
      1. Secondary School (see 1(e))
      2. One Year of University Study (see 1(f))
      3. Two or More Years of University Study (see 1(g))
      4. Graduate (see 1(h))
      5. Alternative (see 1(i))

      Note: Application for admission to the Bachelor of Oral Health Programme is based on the most recent academic achievement, that is, Secondary School or University study.

    5. The University of Otago is committed to promoting and facilitating academic equity for Māori students, and for students from other underrepresented groups, who have the potential to succeed academically.
      Applicants in any category (see regulations 1(c)) who have fulfilled the criteria as described in the Mirror on Society Policy and associated admissions entry requirements, may be considered in one or more of the Mirror on Society Category Groups.

    6. To be considered for admission under the Secondary School category, an applicant must
      1. have attained, within the last five years, a minimum of 14 credits in National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3 Biology or equivalent; and
      2. have provided a statement of interest and a current curriculum vitae.

      Selection of applicants who have met these criteria will be based on academic merit, a personal statement and a possible interview. Final admission is subject to the fulfilment of the University’s entrance requirements and confirmation of satisfactory NCEA Level 3 results (or equivalent).

      Note: Applicants who have not yet completed NCEA Level 3 (or equivalent) are initially considered on the basis of their NCEA Level 2 (or equivalent) performance and Biology taken for NCEA Level 2 (or equivalent). Applicants must have completed (or be completing) NCEA Level 3 Biology (or equivalent) within the last five years. Admission from Secondary School will be based on a scoring process similar to that used for Managed Enrolment.

    7. To be considered for admission under the One Year of University Study category, an applicant must
      1. have completed, within the last five years, the equivalent of one year full-time of relevant study at a university in New Zealand to a standard determined by the Oral Health Admissions Committee; and
      2. have provided a personal statement and a current curriculum vitae.

      Selection of applicants who have met these criteria will be based on academic merit, a personal statement and a possible interview.

      Note: For guidance on how average grades are calculated, and the definition of ‘relevant study’, see Application for Admission into Dental Technology and Oral Health at http://www.otago.ac.nz/healthsciences/students/professional/otago034836.html

    8. To be considered for admission under the Two or More Years of Tertiary Study category, an applicant must
      1. not be a finalist but must have completed, within the last five years, two or more years of relevant study at a university in New Zealand, comprising at least three papers at 200-level, to a standard determined by the Oral Health Admissions Committee; and
      2. have provided a personal statement and a current curriculum vitae.

      Selection of applicants who have met these criteria will be based on academic merit, a personal statement and a possible interview.

      Note: For guidance on how average grades are calculated, and the definition of ‘relevant study’, see Application for Admission into Dental Technology and Oral Health at www.otago.ac.nz/ healthsciences/students/professional/otago034836.html

    9. To be considered for admission under the Graduate category, an applicant must
      1. have completed, normally in the minimum academic time, at least one of the following qualifications awarded by a university in New Zealand:
        • a bachelor's degree; or
        • a bachelor's honours degree; or
        • a bachelor's degree followed by a postgraduate diploma; or
        • a bachelor's degree followed by an honours degree
      2. have provided a personal statement and a current curriculum vitae.
      3. Notes:
        (i) The qualifying degree for the Graduate category will be the first university degree awarded to the applicant.
        (ii) The grades obtained in a bachelor’s honours degree (if separate from the qualifying degree) or postgraduate diploma will be included in the GPA calculation, along with the qualifying degree.

        Applications must be received within three years of completion of the qualifying degree. Normally, the date of completion will be taken as the end of the teaching period in which the final paper or papers included in the programme are undertaken. Repeat applications within the eligibility period are allowed.

        Selection of applicants who have met these criteria will be based on academic merit, a personal statement and a possible interview.

        Notes:
        (i) For guidance on how average grades are calculated, see Application for Admission into Dental Technology and Oral Health at www.otago.ac.nz/healthsciences/students/professional/ otago034836.html
        (ii) Applicants offered a place under the Graduate category may be required to pass relevant papers, to a standard determined by the Oral Health Admissions Committee, before being admitted.

    10. To be considered for admission under the Alternative category a candidate must
      either
      hold a relevant degree from a New Zealand university, and no longer be eligible under the Graduate category
      or
      have completed a relevant degree at an overseas university at a standard of at least NZQF Level 7;
      or
      hold a relevant master’s or doctoral degree;
      or
      have relevant study acceptable to the Oral Health Admissions Committee;
      or
      have relevant health-related experience as determined by the Oral Health Admissions Committee
      and
      have provided a personal statement and a current curriculum vitae.

      All applicants applying for admission under the Alternative category will be required to have achieved a minimum academic standard to be determined by the Oral Health Admissions Committee.

      Selection of applicants who have met these criteria will be based on academic merit, a personal statement and a possible interview.

    11. The Oral Health Admissions Committee shall have discretion to offer a limited number of places in first year to International students who meet all the requirements determined by the Oral Health Admissions Committee. (See Note (i) below.)
    12. Notwithstanding any of the above provisions, the Oral Health Admissions Committee shall have discretion to admit any applicant who, not having satisfied these regulations in a particular aspect, warrants admission to the programme for exceptional reasons.
    13. Any applicant who
      1. is, or who has been, the subject of criminal charges; or
      2. is, or has been, subject to disciplinary proceedings of a tertiary institution or professional body; or
      3. has been found to have an issue (whether in connection with their mental or physical health, or their professional attributes or conduct, or otherwise) that compromises or is likely to compromise their fitness to practise; or
      4. is found to have failed to declare a matter covered by (l)(i)-(iii),

      may be declined admission to the programme by the Oral Health Admissions Committee on the recommendation of the Health and Conduct Review Group. Any offer of admission made before responses to medical tests or requests for information regarding an applicant’s health status or past conduct have been received is conditional on the information received confirming the applicant’s suitability for admission.

      Notes:
      (i) See Application for Admission into Dental Technology and Oral Health at http://www.otago.ac.nz/healthsciences/students/professional/otago034836.html
      (ii) The due date for applications for enrolment in the first year of the programme is 15 September in the year before admission. Late applications may be considered.

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  2. Structure of the Programme

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

  3. Credits

    The Faculty of Dentistry may grant such credits as it deems appropriate for work done previously by a student.

  4. Duration of the Programme

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

  5. Assessment

    1. Assessment for the various papers is formative and summative.
    2. Assessment may use a variety of oral, practical, clinical and written examinations as required by examiners.
    3. For clinical papers, students are required to pass the theoretical and clinical components of the paper.
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  6. Special Examinations

    1. If a paper is failed, on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners and with the approval of the Board of Studies for Dentistry, a student may be given the opportunity to progress by undertaking remedial activity before being reassessed in a special examination.
    2. Special examinations may use a variety of oral, practical, clinical and written examinations as required by examiners.
    3. Where a student sits a special examination and passes, they will have met the requirements to pass the paper. The maximum mark that can be gained in a special examination is the original mark or a pass mark, whichever is higher.
    4. A student who fails a special examination is required to repeat the whole paper.
    5. A student who has achieved an E grade in a paper or failed clinical and theoretical parts of a paper, or has failed multiple papers in any year, shall not normally be offered a special examination.
    6. Where a paper is repeated the whole paper must be repeated.

  7. Withdrawal from the Programme

    1. Deferral of admission to first year classes
      1. In limited circumstances, the Oral Health Admissions Committee may allow a student to defer admission to the first year classes for one year. Any application for deferral must be made no later than the end of the third week of classes in the original year of admission. Where deferral is granted the right of re-entry to first year classes remains subject to confirmation by the Oral Health Admissions Committee.
      2. Applications for deferral and for confirmation of the right to re-entry will be determined by the Oral Health Admissions Committee in accordance with the criteria and procedures set out in the Admissions Guidelines.
    2. Temporary withdrawal from programme
      1. A student who wishes to withdraw from the programme on a temporary basis must apply to withdraw and obtain the prior approval of the Board of Studies for Dentistry. Where temporary withdrawal is approved, readmission to the programme remains subject to the approval of the Board of Studies for Dentistry. Any application for approval for readmission needs to be made no later than 1 October in the year prior to that for which readmission is sought.
      2. Applications for temporary withdrawal and for readmission will be determined by the Board of Studies for Dentistry in accordance with the criteria and procedures set out in the Withdrawal and Readmission Guidelines.
    3. Permanent withdrawal from programme
      Students who withdraw permanently (including students who withdraw without prior approval and students who fail to communicate their intentions within 12 months of when they were last enrolled) will not normally be considered for readmission.
  8. Exclusion from the Programme

    1. A student may be excluded from the Bachelor of Oral Health programme by the Academic Board for the Division of Health Sciences on the recommendation of the Board of Studies for Dentistry on the basis of repeated academic failure and/or other grounds as detailed in regulation 8(c).
    2. A student who fails to complete the requirements for any year of the programme (other than Health Sciences First Year) may enrol again, but this concession may normally be granted only once in the programme.
    3. A student may be excluded from the programme who, during the course of their studies, is
      1. subject to criminal charges;
      2. subject to disciplinary proceedings of the University or of a professional body; or
      3. found to have an issue (whether in connection with their mental or physical health, or their professional attributes or conduct, or otherwise) that compromises or is likely to compromise their fitness to practise; or
      4. found to have failed to declare a matter covered by (c)(i)-(iii),

  9. 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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