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Mission statement of the Dunedin School of Medicine


The Dunedin School of Medicine exists to promote the extension, sharing and application of knowledge in the science and practice of medicine, public health, and allied disciplines.

As an integral part of the University of Otago, the Dunedin School of Medicine seeks to maintain a high national and international reputation in teaching, research, and community service.


  • To be acknowledged nationally and internationally as a centre of excellence for learning in the science and practice of medicine, public health and allied disciplines
  • To provide and contribute to research-informed undergraduate degree courses in medicine and other health sciences, of high international standard and quality, for the development and maintenance of a suitably qualified and competent work force in New Zealand
  • To undertake research of an international standard in health, biomedical sciences, and in related disciplines, and to aim to maintain a skilled research workforce in New Zealand
  • To meet the identified needs of health professionals for their vocational and continuing education, by providing courses of high quality, leading to certificates, diplomas, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in medicine, public health and the health sciences
  • To promote and assist the development of good health in the New Zealand community through clinical practice, advisory work and other community initiatives
  • To be committed to the Treaty of Waitangi and improving the health of Māori