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Research in the Department of Population Health

A stack of Public Health literature

Research in our Department draws from a broad range of disciplines, all of which are essential to addressing public health issues.

Embracing the significant overlap and synergy between the three broad groupings represented in the Department; Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Environment and Health, Social Science, Humanities and Health, our researchers focus on areas such as:

  • The marginalisation of vulnerable populations
  • Public health economics
  • Quality and safety in health care
  • Infectious disease
  • Surveillance and management
  • Food environments
  • Hauora Māori
  • Health professionals
  • Health promotion
  • Public health pedagogy 

Methodological expertise spans:

  • Epidemiology and biostatistics
  • Kaupapa Māori
  • A range of qualitative methods

Current Research

Work practices and safety of internet-based sex work in New Zealand
Funded by Internet NZ
July 2017-June 2018
Associate Prof Gillian Abel

Street-based sex workers in the Community: exploring community tensions, and experiences of violence and coercion
Funded by Lotteries Grants Board
July 2017-June 2019
Associate Prof Gillian Abel

Epidemiology Services to Perioperative Mortality Review Committee
Dr Phil Hider

General practitioners, patients and conversations about chronic pain
Funded by a University of Otago Research Grant
January 2017-March 2018
Dr Lee Thompson

People, pleasures and public health: a pilot study
2017-2018
Dr Lee Thompson

The graduate entry Master of Nursing Science: learning, teaching and practising
2017-2022
Dr Lee Thompson