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Public Health at the University of Otago

Public Health is available as a major subject within the Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHealSc) degree, taught on on our Dunedin campus.

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, because Public Health 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.

Public health study aims to understand:

  • Why some people are healthy and some are not
  • How to prevent illness and injury
  • How people's health can be improved through working with communities
  • How political systems and health organisations affect 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. Our postgraduate public health qualifications may also be of interest to BHealSc graduates.

Further information about studying Public Health

Email bhealsc@otago.ac.nz for undergraduate enquiries or see Study Public Health contacts for postgraduate contact information.

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