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Postgraduate research opportunities in the Department of Public Health

We invite those interested in PhD and Masters study to consider the outstanding opportunities available through the Department of Public Health at the Wellington campus of the University of Otago. Contact details for our research groups are shown below together with some of the many current opportunities.

Current PhD and MPH thesis opportunities


A new opportunity to undertake a PhD in any one of a very wide range of tobacco-related fields is available.


PhD  - Interested in epidemiological modelling around youth obesity and/or use of sugar-sweetened beverages?
MSc/MPH - Interested in dietary patterns of sugar intake in NZ adults?

As of mid-2016 we have four (at least) PhD and three masters thesis topic areas we invite inquiries about. To find out more please view BODE3 opportunities

Research Group contact details for prospective postgraduate students

Below is a list of the research groups within the Department of Public Health, along with research group directors’ information and contact details.

Please contact the research group directors if you have any questions regarding postgraduate study within their research groups or if you need ideas for possible research topics.

Research group Research directors
ASPIRE2025 Professor Richard Edwards
Burden of Disease Epidemiology, Equity and Cost-Effectiveness Programme (BODE³) Professor Tony Blakely
Cancer and Chronic Conditions (C3) research groupProfessor Diana Sarfati
Health Environment and Infection Research Unit (HEIRU) Professor Michael Baker
Health Promotion and Public Health Policy Research Unit (HePPRU) Associate Professor Louise Signal
New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman
He Kainga Oranga/Housing and Health Research Programme Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman
Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora A Eru Pōmare Bridget Robson