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A postgraduate research opportunity at the University of Otago.


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Health Sciences, Humanities, Sciences
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Master's, PhD
Population Health (Christchurch)
Dr Rose Crossin


PhD candidates are being recruited to join the Department of Population Health, University of Otago, Christchurch.

Public health addresses some of the biggest challenges facing our society and tackles questions such as:

  • How do we promote equity and social justice in health outcomes?
  • What are the likely impacts of climate change on health and what can we do about them?
  • How can we address the high prevalence of preventable diseases such as heart disease and some cancers?
  • How can we enable equitable access to health care?
  • What does societal wellbeing mean and what does a healthy society look like?

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

Together, we can shape the future of Aotearoa, ensuring a healthy environment, people, and communities.

We are looking for enthusiastic and highly motivated students to do their PhD, or other postgraduate degree.

Potential topics include:

  • Assessing drug and alcohol harms using administrative data sets
  • Social and structural determinants of drug and alcohol‐related harms
  • Evaluating the impacts of drug policy

Applicants must be eligible for admission to the PhD programme at the University of Otago. View the entry requirements here.

Funding notes

Whether you are a domestic or an international student, the University of Otago has a range of Doctoral Scholarships available to you.

If you are a straight A student (GPA of 8 - 'A' grade) or higher, who has completed an Honours or Master's degree with an appropriate research component from a New Zealand university then you are likely to be guaranteed a University of Otago Doctoral Scholarship.

See other scholarship opportunities at the University of Otago.


In the first instance, applicants should contact Dr Rose Crossin by email to discuss a project. Further information may be sought from suitable candidates that will include:

  • a copy of your CV
  • a copy of your academic transcript
  • a pdf copy of your research thesis

Further information

The Department of Population Health has a number of potential topics and projects on offer, including PhD and Master of Public Health (MPH).

We welcome enquiries and encourage all prospective students to directly contact potential supervisors in their field of interest.


Dr Rose Crossin

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