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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 Oral Health:
Open: 1 August
Close: 15 September

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. The number of domestic students admitted to the Bachelor of Oral Health programme is limited to the number determined by the Council annually on the basis of available resources. Some additional places may be available to International students.
    2. Applications for admission by domestic students may be made by those eligible under the following categories:
      1. Secondary School (see 1(i))
      2. One Year of University Study (see 1(k))
      3. Two or More Years of University Study (see 1(n))
      4. Graduate (see 1(q))
      5. Alternative (see 1(t))
    3. Applications must be made by the due dates specified for each category as part of the Guidelines for Admission into the Health Sciences Professional Programmes published at www.otago.ac.nz/healthsciences (“the Guidelines”).
    4. Selection of eligible students for admission to the programme shall be made by the Oral Health Admissions Committee (“the Committee”) whose terms of reference shall be established by the Division of Health Sciences and approved by the Senate.
    5. Subject to these regulations and the Selection Criteria established by the Committee and approved by the Senate from time to time and published as part of the Guidelines, selection for admission shall be in the discretion of the Committee.
    6. Without limitation, the Selection Criteria may include:
      1. academic performance;
      2. demonstration of appropriate attributes for admission into the programme.

    7. The Division of Health Sciences’ Te Kauae Parāoa policy promotes and facilitates equity for Māori students and students from other under-represented groups. In accordance with this policy, the Selection Criteria may provide for applicants in the following equity groups to be given preference for selection:
      • Māori
      • Resident Indigenous Pacific
      • Rural
      • Socioeconomic Equity
      • Refugee Background

    8. Recognition for inclusion in the Māori and Resident Indigenous Pacific equity groups shall be through demonstration of ancestry in accordance with the University’s Ancestry Verification Procedures for Māori and Pacific Students and any other criteria the Senate may determine. Criteria for inclusion in the Rural, Socioeconomic Equity and Refugee Background equity groups shall be established by the Academic Board of the Division of Health Sciences and approved by the Senate. Criteria approved by the Senate shall be published as part of the Guidelines.
    9. Secondary School Category

    10. To be eligible for selection for admission under the Secondary School category, an applicant must have attained the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3 Biology (or equivalent).
    11. An applicant may be required to attend an interview.
    12. One Year of University Study

    13. To be eligible for selection for admission under the One Year of University Study category applicants must have completed within the last five years one year of relevant university study in New Zealand, to a standard determined by the Committee and published as part of the Selection Criteria.
    14. An applicant may be required to attend an interview.
    15. Applicants offered a place under the One Year of University Study category may be required to pass prescribed papers, to a standard determined by the Committee, before being admitted to the programme.
    16. Two or More Years of University Study

    17. To be eligible for selection for admission under the Two or More Years of University Study category applicants must not be a finalist, but must have completed within the last five years two or more years of relevant university study in New Zealand, comprising at least three papers at 200-level, to a standard determined by the Committee.
    18. An applicant may be required to attend an interview.
    19. Applicants offered a place under the Two or More Years of University Study category may be required to pass prescribed papers, to a standard determined by the Committee, before being admitted to the programme.
    20. Graduate Category

    21. To be eligible for selection for admission under the Graduate category, an applicant must have completed as their first degree, within three years prior to the date of application, and in the minimum academic time, at least one of the following qualifications awarded by a university in New Zealand:
      1. a bachelor's degree; or
      2. undergraduate bachelor's honours degree; or
      3. bachelor's degree, followed by a postgraduate diploma or postgraduate honours year.
    22. An applicant may be required to attend an interview.
    23. Applicants offered a place under the Graduate category may be required to pass prescribed papers, to a standard determined by the Committee, before being admitted to the programme.
    24. Alternative Category

    25. To be eligible to be considered for admission under the Alternative category, an applicant must be a domestic student and:
      1. hold a degree from a New Zealand university, and no longer be eligible under the Graduate category; or
      2. have completed a degree at an overseas university at a standard of at least NZQF Level 7; or
      3. hold a master’s or doctoral degree; or
      4. demonstrate health-related professional experience in a relevant field to a standard acceptable to the Committee.
    26. An applicant may be required to attend an interview.
    27. Applicants offered a place under the Alternative category may be required to pass prescribed papers, to a standard determined by the Committee, before being admitted to the programme.
    28. International Admissions

    29. The Committee may offer a limited number of places in the programme to international students who meet all the requirements determined by the Committee.
    30. Exceptional Circumstances

    31. Notwithstanding any of the above provisions, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) shall have discretion to approve a recommendation from the Committee concerning any applicant who, not having satisfied these regulations in a particular aspect, in the Committee’s view warrants admission to the programme for exceptional reasons.
    32. Declining of Admission

    33. Any applicant who
      1. is, or who has been, the subject of criminal charges; or
      2. is, or who 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 (y)(i)-(iii),

      may be declined admission to the programme by the 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.

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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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