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Research in the Department of Population Health

A stack of Public Health literature

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
  • Public health economics
  • 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

Current Research

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

Epidemiology Services to Perioperative Mortality Review Committee
Dr Phil Hider

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

People, pleasures and public health: a pilot study
2017–2018
Dr Lee Thompson

The graduate entry Master of Nursing Science: learning, teaching and practising
2017–2022
Dr Lee Thompson