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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
  • 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


On demand delivery of unhealthy commodities in New Zealand
Funded by Lottery Health and a University of Otago Research Grant
Dr Rose Crossin
Dr Angela Curl
Dr Christina McKerchar

ESRC: Understanding sexual violence in sex working populations: Law, legal consciousness and legal practice in four countries
Funded by Economic and Social Research Council (UK)
July 2021–December 2023
Professor Gillian Abel

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

Epidemiology Services to Perioperative Mortality Review Committee
Associate Professor Phil Hider

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

People, pleasures and public health: a pilot study
Associate Professor Lee Thompson

The graduate entry Master of Nursing Science: learning, teaching and practising
Associate Professor Lee Thompson

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