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Department of Public Health

The Department of Public Health, University of Otago Wellington (UOW) focuses on the study and prevention of disease, prolonging life and promoting health at a population level. We teach undergraduate and postgraduate public health papers, courses and programmes, and run a successful summer school programme each year. The Department works closely with Public Health agencies throughout New Zealand and our researchers are leaders in the field who carry out innovative research which makes a real difference to the health of people in New Zealand.

Our people

A comprehensive staff and student contact list of the Department of Public Health.


A list of the research groups within the Department of Public Health. The Department carries out a range of research on critical public health issues that include cancer and screening, healthy eating, health services research and prioritisation, housing, sustainability and the environment, inequalities, infectious diseases, Māori health and tobacco. 

Undergraduate teaching

Public Health is an important component of the fourth year medical curriculum. 

Postgraduate programmes

The Department of Public Health offers a range of postgraduate study programmes for graduates wishing to embark on a career in the Public Health field. Our postgraduate qualifications include Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health (PGCertPH), Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health (DPH), Master of Public Health (MPH), and a PhD based in the Department of Public Health.

Public Health Summer School

Every year in February, we run summer school courses. We offer short, practical courses to anyone who wants to develop their public health skills.

Publications and presentations

A collection of publications, presentations, reports, podcasts and submissions, as well as a Research database for staff.

Media releases

A list of media releases from the Department of Public Health.