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Study Psychological Medicine at Otago

    Psychological Medicine at Otago


    Psychological Medicine applies the study of human behaviour to understanding health and well-being.

    At undergraduate level, PSME 201 Human Sexuality and Health can be studied as a part of most degree programmes.  An understanding of sexuality and its relationship to health and well-being is vital for students from a variety of backgrounds. It will be particularly valuable for students interested in psychology, public health, social work, education, sociology and gender studies, anthropology, law, reproductive health, and physical education.

    Psychological Medicine papers are also requirements for many postgraduate medicine and health sciences programmes.


    See the full list of Psychological Medicine (PSME) papers.


    PSME papers

    Paper Code Year Title Points Teaching period
    PSME201 2024 Human Sexuality and Health 18 Semester 1
    PSME401 2024 Nature, Extent and Assessment of Mental Disorders 30 Semester 1
    PSME404 2024 Addiction Assessment 30 Semester 1
    PSME405 2024 Contemporary Approaches to Mental Health Practice 30 Semester 2
    PSME406 2024 Research Methods: Mental Health 30 Semester 2
    PSME407 2024 Forensic Psychiatry 30 Semester 2
    PSME422 2024 Addiction Treatment 30 Semester 2
    PSME424 2024 Addiction Pharmacotherapy 30 Not offered in 2024
    PSME428 2024 Psycho-oncology 30 Not offered in 2024
    PSME432 2024 Introduction to Perinatal Psychiatry 30 Semester 2
    PSME433 2024 Introduction to Infant Mental Health 30 Not offered in 2024
    PSME436 2024 Principles of Family and Systems Theory 30 Not offered, expected to be offered in 2025
    PSME437 2024 Applied Systems Theory 30 Not offered, expected to be offered in 2025
    PSME439 2024 Intellectual Disability: Theory into Practice 30 Semester 1
    PSME449 2024 Introduction to Suicidology and Suicide Prevention 30 Not offered, expected to be offered in 2025
    PSME455 2024 Special Topic: Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing I 30 Full Year
    PSME456 2024 Special topic: Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing II 30 Full Year
    PSME580 2024 Dissertation 60 Semester 1, Semester 2, 1st Non standard period, 2nd Non standard period

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    Dr Charlene Rapsey
    Undergraduate Programme Coordinator
    Department of Psychological Medicine
    Otago Medical School
    University of Otago
    PO Box 56
    Dunedin 9054
    Tel +64 3 474 0999 ext 7368

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