Where is the Public Health Summer School held and how do I get there?

The in-person courses will either be held at a downtown Wellington venue or at our Mein Street, Newtown campus. Venues are currently being finalised – please check the webpage for each course. Participants will be sent specific details re course location and directions to get there in advance of the course.

Course venues

University of Otago, Wellington – Newtown campus

23a Mein Street, Newtown, Wellington. (Entrance off Owen St, behind Te Hopai Hospital and Resthome)

University of Otago, Wellington – City campus

Level 4, 29 Brandon St, Wellington City

Te Wharewaka o Pōneke

Taranaki Street wharf, Wellington

Who is the Public Health Summer School for?

These short courses are ideally suited for those working in:

  • Hospital, primary and community health services
  • Government departments
  • Local authorities
  • Non-governmental organisations

Or also for:

  • Anyone who requires an understanding of public health concepts in their work
  • Anyone considering postgraduate studies in the public health area

What do Public Health Summer School courses cost?

Most courses cost $300 early bird, $400 after 21 December 2022, per day.

Most online courses cost $225 earlybird, $300 after 21 December 2022, per day.

A 50 per cent discount is also available to full-time students, those unwaged and University of Otago staff.

Can I get a full refund for my course, if needed?

Yes, we are offering full refunds of applicable course fee up until the day of the course (for any reason).

Are any courses available online?

Yes, there are four online courses in our 2023 programme. All other courses are held in-person in Wellington. Please check the website page for each course.

Can I zoom into an in-person course?

No. We have found in the past that it is not as good an experience for participants or for those presenting, when a course is run in-person and online at the same time.

What are the payment options?

If you are a staff member of the University of Otago:

University of Otago staff must use “University Account Code” as their payment option, unless payment is from a personal fund.

If you are not University of Otago staff:

You can choose to pay your registration fee either by “Credit card” or “Invoice”.

  • Credit card – this is the easiest and fastest way to pay, and you get your registration confirmation/tax invoice/receipt in minutes.
  • Invoice – select this option if you wish to pay by internet banking. Your registration invoice will be sent to the email address provided. All invoice payments must be received prior to the course start date.
  • If you choose the “Invoice" payment option, you will be asked to provide your billing information such as organisation name (legal entity), address and phone number. At this point you can also indicate a purchase order number and/or a person to attention the invoice to. If neither of these are required please tick N/A. Any additional information relating to the payment can be submitted in the “comments” box.

What is the daily schedule?

All courses begin at 9:00am and finish no later than 5:00pm. There is up to an hour for lunch and short breaks during the morning and afternoon.

Is lunch provided?

Lunch, morning and afternoon tea is provided for all full-day in person courses. All food is vegetarian (as part of the Department of Public Health's commitment to promoting health and sustainability).

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How do I register?

To register for a course please use this button Register now


Kerry Hurley
Summer School Manager
Department of Public Health
University of Otago, Wellington
PO Box 7343
Wellington South 6242
New Zealand
Tel +64 4 832 3029
Email kerry.hurley@otago.ac.nz

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