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The 2020 Public Health Summer School (Wellington)


February 2020


Department of Public Health, University of Otago, Wellington

Organising team

Professor Michael Baker, Dr Moira Smith, James Stanley, Fran Wright, Ms Kerry Hurley


The Public Health Summer School offers a programme of short courses and symposiums (mostly one-day duration) aimed at building participants research skills and knowledge across a wide range of topics related to health. It provides an environment where participants can learn for the first time about basic principles of public health, or where those with public health experience can further develop their knowledge and skills. Courses are ideally suited to those working in district health boards, government departments, NGOs, primary healthcare, local authorities and health service organisations. The programme also provides a good introduction to public health for people considering postgraduate studies in the area.

Programme outline

The School’s modularised design enables interest-specific enrolment in a wide range of courses. Each year’s programme typically includes 30 one-day courses.

Venues and times

Courses will be held at the University of Otago, Wellington (School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Mein Street, Newtown). All courses run from 0900 to around 1700, with an hour for lunch. Lunch, morning tea and afternoon tea are provided.


As a guide most courses cost from $300-400 (2020 fees not yet finalised). A small number of subsidised courses are offered at lower rates, as marked on the registration form and course descriptions.  A 50% discount is also available to full-time students, those unwaged and University of Otago staff.


Maximum enrolment limits apply to some of the courses. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Further information and online registration