Peter Murray is a medical doctor who is currently undertaking his specialist training with the New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine.
Prior to pursuing his training in public health he worked in the hospital setting, mainly in emergency medicine. Early into his medical training, however, Peter had developed a keen interest in public health and an appreciation for the impact of public health interventions. This interest only grew during his law degree, which helped illuminate the interaction between law and health.
As a result of this, Peter has pursued a career in public health, and the University of Otago was the ideal institution to further his education in this field. Last year he completed the Diploma in Public Health (DPH).
“This programme not only allowed me to develop my core knowledge in public health, but also afforded me the opportunities to engage with some of New Zealand’s leading public health experts. Being taught by these experts was incredible and demonstrated the real world impacts and scope of public health practice in New Zealand. In addition, the smaller class sizes and interactive teaching methods allowed me to learn from fellow students who came from a variety backgrounds.”
Having completed the DPH, Peter is now studying for a Master of Public Health, exploring the evidence for echocardiography screening for rheumatic health disease in children.
"The knowledge and skills I have taken from the DPH have been invaluable for my master’s research. Furthermore, they have given me a solid foundation for my future public health medicine training and practice".