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Friday 7 March 2014 12:25pm

Prof Peter Crampton
Professor Peter Crampton
Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Division of Health Sciences

Whaia te Iti Kahurangi – hāpaitia te hauora ke te kāinga, ki te ao.

Achieving Excellence – advancing health at home and around the world.

Studying a postgraduate qualification can change lives, not only yours, but for many Health Sciences postgraduate students their study will give them the skills and knowledge to make a difference in the lives of numerous others.

We know that if you work in a health care setting you are making a very important contribution to a community.

It is the same for over 800 postgraduate students in the Division of Health Sciences who are committed to improving their knowledge and skills so they can advance health care, improve outcomes for all people especially vulnerable sections of our community, and reduce health inequities.

Māori and Pacific health are a specific and important focus for the Division and there are a number of options available to students to study with and learn from staff who are passionate leaders in these areas.

As with many of our students, you may be interested in studying qualifications to assist with your professional development, ensuring that New Zealand's health care professionals are world-class. A large number of our students are already respected health care professionals, who are continuing to improve their skills and knowledge in areas as diverse as Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport to Physiotherapy to Women's Health.

Others build on their biological or biomedical science undergraduate qualifications and begin postgraduate research. Like these research students, you may be looking to embark on an academic pathway of discovery working towards that one significant finding that makes a difference.

Some look to make a difference in health outcomes for populations through the study of public health and others pursue study in the area of ethics. These areas of study are available to not only health care professionals but also to those who come from other backgrounds.

For those who have an interest in health policy areas, in the planning and analysis of health programmes, or the researching and evaluating of health issues, interventions and outcomes, there is a wealth of opportunity to study and research with our internationally renowned public health specialists.

Contributing to the health, health care, and well being of our communities ensures that you make a positive and real difference to those around you and further afield. Being able to make such tangible impacts is both a privilege and rewarding.

Otago is proud to be able to offer you a range of opportunities and we warmly welcome you to contact us and discuss your future plans.

Professor Peter Crampton
Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Division of Health Sciences

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