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Undergraduate study in the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine

Minor in Public Health

An undergraduate Minor in Public Health is available to students enrolled in a Bachelor of Science or Arts degree at the University of Otago. This Minor accreditation requires the completion of five PUBH papers:

  • PUBH 192 Foundations of Epidemiology* (HSFY)
  • PUBH 202 Health Promotion*
  • PUBH 203 Health Policy and Politics*
  • PUBH 211 Epidemiology of Major Health Problems*
  • PUBH 311 Research Methods for Public Health*

* Previously HEAL paper codes in Health Studies.


Dr Helen Harcombe helen.harcombe

Major in Public Health

Public Health practitioners work in a range of areas in the wider health sector including in government and non-government organisations. Front line practitioners include policy analysts, health promoters, community health workers and staff working in environmental protection. A number of Public Health major graduates will decide to pursue post-graduate qualifications such as the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health (DPH) and Master of Public Health (MPH), and further careers in public health research.


Dr Rachael McLean

Medical undergraduate

The Department of Preventive and Social Medicine contributes to the teaching of medical students during all six years of study (including PUBH 192 Foundations of Epidemiology during Health Sciences First Year).

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