New qualifications in Public Health

Senior Lecturer in Public Health Dr Mona Jeffreys

New qualifications in public health are now available through the Wellington campus and the Research School of Public Health. They are taught extramurally and by block course.

Senior Lecturer in Public Health, Dr Mona Jeffreys says the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health (PGDipPH) will appeal to academics wanting a grounding in public health, and to those working in government health agencies such as District Health Boards, the Ministry of Health, ACC, OSH, and Land Transport New Zealand, as well as the non-government sector.

 We are responding to demand for a flexible qualification which offers opportunities for the practical experience of developing and conducting your own research, she says.

 What makes this programme distinctive is the inclusion of a compulsory, hand-on research component, and its emphasis on Mäori and Pacific health issues.

Dr Jeffreys says the field of public health is inherently multi-disciplinary and extends across the biological, quantitative, and social sciences, with a strong policy focus.

 We have students working in cervical cancer research, accident prevention, workplace safety, transport safety, and investigating attitudes among Mäori women towards alcohol use during pregnancy.

Preventing disease is at the heart of public health, so practitioners also study the social sciences to better understand health-related behaviours and their societal influences. These are critical elements in educating and empowering people to make healthier lifestyle choices.

The Master of Public Health degree will appeal to those who have completed the Diploma or equivalent. It is offered through all of the Centres of the Research School of Public Health (Centre for Public Health Research, Te Pumanawa Hauora, Sleep/Wake Research Centre, SHORE Centre and Whariki).

 The Masters degree gives students the opportunity to complete a more substantial piece of research, Dr Jeffreys says.

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