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Why study Public Health?

Public Health is such a diverse and vital area, encompassing all aspects of our lives. Public health has been defined as the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting health through the organised efforts of society. The issues which influence Public Health are often changing and knowledge is constantly evolving.

There has been a resurgence of interest in Public Health in recent years. Reasons for this include the increasing value being placed upon health by individuals and communities, a shift towards health status outcomes as goals for health services, increasing environmental awareness, an increasing focus on Māori health, concerns about inequities in health, inequality in access to care and issues in the provision, distribution, and financing of health services.

The postgraduate certificate, diploma, and masters' programmes that we offer continue to be a major step forward in the development of Public Health skills.

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Postgraduate research opportunities database

Our tool enables postgraduates to search for research opportunities. You can view opportunities available across our campuses in Dunedin, Wellington and Christchurch, and select on fields to tailor your search.

Postgraduate scholarships

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