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Make a difference - Public health postgraduate study

Study in Wellington, Christchurch, or Dunedin

Public health is a diverse and vital area, encompassing all aspects of our lives. It has been defined as the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting health through the organised efforts of society. Issues and knowledge in public health are constantly evolving.

Diagram showing interconnectedness of public health sub-disciplines.

Regardless of which aspect of public health interests you, it is a field in which you will really make a difference.

Ten reasons to study public health with us

  1. Build on an undergraduate degree in any discipline, not just public health.

  2. Study full-time or part-time; whatever suits. Papers are taught in half semester terms giving you flexibility to arrange study around other commitments.

  3. Choose your campus—Wellington, Christchurch, or Dunedin—where you will be provided with a supportive learning environment.

  4. A broad range of paper topics enable you to tailor your qualification to reflect your interests.

  5. Qualification staircase: You have the option to start with the Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health (PGCertPH), later adding papers to earn a diploma or master's qualification.

  6. Our qualifications provide personal and professional growth to increase your employment potential.

  7. Qualifications from the University of Otago are highly respected.

  8. Network with, and learn from, people with skills and knowledge in areas that can open up opportunities for you.

  9. Research-informed teaching from our lecturers represents a wide range of disciplines.

  10. Public health is exciting and challenging; dealing with complex impacts on population health.

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Build a career in public health

Public health opens up a number of career opportunities for graduates from health and non-health backgrounds:

  • Planning and analysis roles with district health boards
  • Researching and evaluating health services
  • Working in international, national, and regional health-related policy positions
  • Working in public health service teams, health promotion, and environmental health

Check out these links:

Working for a better future - Careers in public health

Public Health Workforce Development - Public health careers

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Hear from past students

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 2018 Public Health Postgraduate Prospectus

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Find out about our Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin Departments

Our postgraduate public health programmes can be undertaken at any of our three campuses; Wellington Christchurch and Dunedin.  To find out more about the teaching, research and staff at each campus please click below:

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