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The Master of Public Health is a research-focused qualification where you will be able to do your own research under the supervision of experienced public health researchers.
The programme emphasises applied research and practical experience. You will be able to conduct research relevant to your public health work, interests and experiences, building on the knowledge learned through your Postgraduate Diploma of Public Health.
With the Master of Public Health, you will be able to demonstrate a critical awareness of the public health research literature, reason and act independently in your professional life, and undertake collaborative research within interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral environments.
You will learn to reason and act independently as a professional working in public health. You will be able to contribute to policy development at local and national levels, and to public health knowledge through scholarly inquiry and publication. You will also be able to apply your cutting-edge knowledge to solving public health challenges.
You will receive a high-quality, comprehensive education and training in public health that will benefit you, your employer, and the health of New Zealanders in general.
“I chose to study at Massey because of the high calibre of supervisors in the Master of Public Health programme…”
My decision proved to be right as I had a supervisor who had the knowledge and expertise to effectively support my academic journey. We had a great working relationship, which to me was immensely helpful in getting through the challenges of research. I was treated as a colleague and always encouraged to persevere, to find new things that could contribute to public health.
Undertaking a research study towards a Master of Public Health helped enhance my critical and independent thinking skills. It also gave me the chance to pursue an area of interest that I would like to make a difference in – help address inequalities and improve Māori health.
At Massey, I received the advice and guidance that I needed to use a Māori centred approach to research. As non-Māori, I took away so much valuable learnings, professionally and personally.
A graduate with the Master of Public Health (MPH) will be able to demonstrate a critical awareness of the public health research literature, reason and act independently as a professional working in public health, and undertake collaborative public health research within interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral environments.
Graduates make contributions to public health policy development at local and national levels and contribute to public health knowledge through scholarly inquiry and publication. They also demonstrate competence in planning and conducting research in public health.
Many of our graduates go on to an academic career in teaching and research.
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