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Associate Professor; TRRHAEP, BODE³

Teaches PUBH711 Principles of Epidemiology

Contact details  

Tel +64 4 918 6144
Fax +64 4 389 5319

Research interests and activities  

Melissa McLeod (Ngāi Tahu) is a public health physician and Associate Professor working at Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare, University of Otago, Wellington.

Melissa is a fellow of the New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine and a member of Te ORA (Māori Medical Practitioners Association).

Melissa's research interests include Māori health, epidemiology and the investigation and elimination of ethnic health inequalities in Aotearoa/New Zealand.


Curtis, E., Jaung, R., Paine, S.-J., McLeod, M., Tamatea, J., Atkinson, J., … Robson, B., Reid, P., & Harris, R. B. (2024). Examining the impact of COVID-19 on Māori:non-Māori health inequities in Aotearoa, New Zealand: An observational study protocol. BMJ Open, 14, e083564. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2023-083564 Journal - Research Other

Gage, R., Mizdrak, A., Richards, J., Bauman, A., McLeod, M., Jones, R., … Shaw, C. (2023). The epidemiology of domain-specific physical activity in New Zealand adults: A nationally representative cross-sectional survey. Journal of Physical Activity & Health, 20, 909-920. doi: 10.1123/jpah.2022-0156 Journal - Research Article

Randle, J., Rogan, A., Lockett, J., McLeod, M., Balm, M., & Peckler, B. (2023). Evolving swabbing practices for COVID-19 in a New Zealand emergency department during the early stages of an emerging pandemic. Emergency Medicine Australasia, 35, 812-820. doi: 10.1111/1742-6723.14237 Journal - Research Article

McLeod, M., & Harris, R. (2023). Action plan for achieving high quality ethnicity data in the health and disability sector. Commissioned by Te Aka Whai Ora: Māori Health Authority. 25p. Commissioned Report for External Body

King, P. T., Cormack, D., Harris, R., Paine, S.-J., & McLeod, M. (2023). ‘Never-ending beginnings’: A qualitative literature review of Māori temporal ontologies. Kōtuitui, 18(3), 252-267. doi: 10.1080/1177083X.2022.2138467 Journal - Research Article

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