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Departments at the University of Otago, Christchurch


We strive to be at the forefront of knowledge and best practice in this discipline and to maintain an active research programme to complement this

Centre for Postgraduate Nursing Studies

We offer a range of clinically focused programmes leading to masters’ and PhD qualifications and focus exclusively on postgraduate nursing education and research.

General Practice

We provide a focus for undergraduate medical education in General Practice.

Staff are involved in a wide range of clinical research and collectively provide a major contribution to interdisciplinary continuing primary care education and both local and national health service development.

Māori Indigenous Health Institute (MIHI)

Māori-focused teaching and research at the University of Otago, Christchurch.


We play a key role in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, underpinned by internationally renowned research.

Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Obstetrics and Gynaecology has very active research and teaching programmes. Our teaching has been awarded student prizes. Our international research uses both clinical and laboratory approaches, and we have collaborations and interdisciplinary links.

Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Medicine

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Medicine is unique in New Zealand in that both the Academic and Service Departments combine the surgical and medical components of musculoskeletal diseases and injuries into one department.


Our teaching programme has been developed to provide undergraduate (Med V and VI) and postgraduate (Diploma of Child Health) education in Neonatology, Paediatric Medicine, Paediatric Surgery (section of paediatric surgery), Community Paediatrics and Child Health, and subspecialty areas of Neurology, Genetics and Child Cancer.


The Department of Pathology is involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, combined with internationally renowned research.

Population Health

Public health is the study and practice of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting the health of entire populations and population sub-groups.
A key goal in Aotearoa New Zealand is the reduction of health inequalities.

Psychological Medicine

The Department continues to be actively involved in the teaching of Psychological Medicine to medical students. The Department is also responsible for the academic programme for Christchurch’s successful psychiatric registrar training programme.


The University Department of Surgery is embedded within Christchurch Hospital and is closely related to the units delivering clinical services.