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Study Public Health at Otago

Wellington campus

Overview

Public Health is available as a major subject within the Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHealSc), and as a subject of study for the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health (DPH) and the Master of Public Health (MPH) degrees.

Public Health focuses on preventing disease and promoting the health of the population through the organised efforts of society. This differentiates it from the practice of personal healthcare, as it involves collective action across sectors and disciplines, with a focus on populations and communities. It has a strong focus on health equity, and reducing ethnic and socioeconomic inequalities in health.

Graduates of the BHealSc majoring in public health will have the skills to work in a range of areas in the wider health sector, including government and non-government organisations.

The DPH is designed to develop public health skills at the postgraduate level. Candidates are required to hold a degree or to have appropriate professional qualifications and experience.

This programme is taught as an internal (on campus) programme in the University's three medical schools which are situated in Christchurch, Dunedin and Wellington. It consists of eight 15-point papers, four of which are compulsory and four others selected from sixteen options.

Candidates for the degree of MPH will have completed the DPH, or an equivalent qualification, at an acceptable level of attainment. The course of study will consist of either a thesis, or four DPH papers (not already completed) plus a dissertation.

View further information on postgraduate studies in Public Health.

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Contact details

Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHealSc)
Division of Health Sciences
Email bhealsc@otago.ac.nz

Postgraduate

University of Otago, Christchurch
Postgraduate Programme Administrator
Department of Population Health
Email publichealth.christchurch@otago.ac.nz

Dunedin School of Medicine
Debbie Payne
Administrative Assistant
Department of Preventive and Social Medicine
Email postgrad.publichealthdunedin@otago.ac.nz

University of Otago, Wellington
Postgraduate Coordinator
Department of Public Health
Email publichealth.uow@otago.ac.nz

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Qualifications

Papers

See the full list of Public Health (PUBH) papers.

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Programme Requirements

Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHealSc) majoring in Public Health

Level Papers Points
100-level

HUBS 191  Human Body Systems 1

HUBS 192  Human Body Systems 2

PUBH 192  Foundations of Epidemiology  or  POPH 192  Population Health

18

18

18

200-level

PUBH 202  Health Promotion

PUBH 204  Hauora Māori: Challenges and Opportunities

PUBH 211  Epidemiology of Global Health Conditions

at least three of
ANTH 210  Translating Culture  or  ANTH 211  Contemporary Ethnographic Research
CMHC 201  Human Health Across the Lifespan
GEOG 210  Social Geography
PACH 201  Pacific Health: New Zealand and the Pacific Region
PUBH 203  Health Policy and Politics
SOCI 205  Social Inequality
SOWK 236  The Treaty and Social Services

18

18

18

54

300-level

PUBH 303  Public and Global Health: Current Issues

PUBH 304  Rangahau Hauora Māori - Māori Health Research   or  PUBH 311  Public Health Research

at least two of
ANTH 322  Conceiving Reproduction or ANTH 323  Anthropology of Health
CMHC 301  Applied Aspects of Human Health
GEOG 381  Social Geography
PACH 301  Pacific Health: Advanced Applied Knowledge
PUBH 304  Rangahau Hauora Māori - Māori Health Research
PUBH 311  Public Health Research
SOCI 306  Public Sociology
SOWK 304  Kaupapa Māori, and Indigenous Approaches to Social Work

18

18

 

36

Plus

126 further points

The following papers are suggested: BSNS 113, EDUC 105, ECON 112, HIST 107, MAOR 102, MAOR 110, PACI 103, PHIL 105, SOWK 111, STAT 115; ECON 201, HIST 223, MAOH 201, MAOR 202, MAOR 204, MFCO 222, POLS 202, PSME 201, STAT 210, SPEX 205, SPEX 206, STAT 241; ECON 306, ENVI 312, HIST 306, INDV 301, POLS 303, STAT 310

126
Total   360

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Minor Subject Requirements

Public Health as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc or BASc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHealSc) or Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) degree

Level Papers Points
100-level

POPH 192  Population Health  or  PUBH 192  Foundations of Epidemiology

18

200-level

PUBH 211  Epidemiology of Global Health Conditions

18

300-level

PUBH 303  Public and Global Health: Current Issues*

18
Plus

Two further 200- or 300-level PUBH papers

Note: Students who first enrolled for this minor in or before 2017 may complete the requirements for this minor by passing the following papers: PUBH 192, 202, 203, 211, 311.

36

Total   90

Note: This minor subject is not available to students majoring in Pacific and Global Health.

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