Postgraduate study in Health Projects

What can you study in Health Projects?

You can complete a Master of Engineering Project Management in Health Projects. Governments are investing capital in health infrastructure projects as the world population ages and population growth projections soar. The New Zealand Ministry of Health has allocated a substantial investment over the next 20 years to upgrade current facilities and meet regional demand.

The Auckland District Health Board will fund nine internships for University of Auckland students, which you can learn about here. Students will learn a comprehensive set of approaches to project in the health sector, including practical applications of project management methodology and theory. While the majority of the programme focuses on engineering projects delivery, it will be in the context of health management leadership and population health, as well as managing stakeholders in the healthcare industry. The programme will also address obligations to reduce health disparities by improving health outcomes for Māori and other population sectors. 

Entry requirements for the Master of Engineering Project Management, Health Projects Specialisation

Before applying for this programme, please ensure that you meet the entry requirements for the Master of Engineering Project Management.

You must have completed a Bachelor of Engineering or Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), with a GPA of 4.0 or higher in 120 points above Stage III.You must have completed one of the following:

  • A BE or BE(Hons)
  • An honours degree in a relevant discipline
  • A postgraduate diploma in a relevant discipline.

You will need a GPA of 4.0 or higher in 120 points above Stage III.

Relevant disciplines include, but are not limited to: applied science, architecture, commerce, construction, information technology, science and technology.You will also need at least two years’ relevant professional experience.

In some circumstances, we will consider you for entry if you have not completed a relevant bachelors degree but have a GPA of at least 4.0 and two years' relevant professional experience.

In exceptional circumstances, we will consider you for entry if you have not completed a bachelors degree, but have attained extensive practical, professional or scholarly experience in the engineering profession deemed equivalent to the entry requirements. An interview may be required.

Subject structure

There are two ways to complete a MEPM in Health Projects. Your selection will depend on your technical and educational background, and career goals. The MEPM in Health Projects is available with 120 and 180 point taught pathways.

A student who has to complete 120 points in the MEPM in Health Projects must satisfy the following requirements:

Taught Masters:

15 points:

  • ENGGEN 736 Research Implementation and Dissemination

45 points from:

  • CIVIL 703 Project Management
  • ENGGEN 730 Management Skills for Project Professionals
  • ENGGEN 731 Agile and Lean Project Management
  • Other approved 600 or 700 level courses in the Faculty of Engineering.

30 points from:

  • HLTHMGT 754 Health Leadership
  • POPLHLTH 722 Organisation of Health Systems
  • Other approved 600 or 700 level courses in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.

30 points:

  • ENGGEN 792 Research Project

Or

  • ENGGEN 794 Research Project

A student who has to complete 180 points in the MEPM in Health Projects must satisfy the following requirements:

15 points:

  • ENGGEN 736 Research Implementation and Dissemination

45 points from:

  • CIVIL 703 Project Management
  • ENGGEN 730 Management Skills for Project Professionals
  • ENGGEN 731 Agile and Lean Project Management
  • Other approved 600 or 700 level courses in the Faculty of Engineering.

30 points from:

  • HLTHMGT 754 Health Leadership
  • POPLHLTH 722 Organisation of Health Systems
  • Other approved 600 or 700 level courses in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.

60 points from:

  • CIVIL 708 Work Based Learning
  • CIVIL 709 Cost Engineering
  • CIVIL 716 Engineering Risk Management
  • ENGGEN 732 Systems Thinking and Project Business Case
  • ENGGEN 733 Strategy, Portfolios, Programmes and Projects
  • ENGGEN 734 Engineering Contracts for Project Managers
  • ENGGEN 735 Project Management Case Studies
  • HLTHMGT 721 Health Management
  • HLTHMGT 729 Strategic Health Management
  • POPLHLTH 724 Quality in Health Care
  • Other approved 600 or 700 level courses in the Faculty of Engineering.

30 points:

  • ENGGEN 792 Research Project or ENGGEN 794 Research Project
     

Where can postgraduate study in Health Projects take you?

The Auckland District Health Board will provide nine paid internships to students in this programme. The aim is to provide students with a well-rounded work experience in health infrastructure – one where they are supported, nurtured and challenged and able to use their health project management studies in a live environment. “We want to see these students thrive and ultimately pursue careers in an industry that ticks all the buttons when it comes to job satisfaction and making a difference,” says Allan Johns, Director of Facilities and Development at Auckland DHB.

Learn more about the internships.

Help and advice

For general student enquiries, please contact the Engineering Student Centre. If you would like further academic information, you can contact a postgraduate adviser.