Department of Preventive and Social Medicine
Welcome to the website for the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine. This Department is one of the oldest of its kind in the world. The first Lecturer in Medical Jurisprudence and Public Health took up his post in 1886. The Department has expanded greatly over the last 20 years, and now contains over 100 staff.
Many of these people are full time research workers, and the Department constitutes one of the strongest centres for public health research in Australasia. Major research groups within the Department include:
The Department also contains two groups whose main role is a service one, and these two groups are:
The Department teaches medical students, and also offers undergraduate papers in Epidemiology and Health Promotion for students in other faculties. There is a major postgraduate teaching programme involving candidates for the following qualifications:
The Department teaches many postgraduate papers in public health, occupational health, and research methods. More than 20 postgraduate students are involved in research for Master's or PhD degrees.
"To improve and protect public health, locally and globally, through excellence in teaching, research and service"
Many staff in the Department have a significant advisory role with bodies such as the New Zealand Ministries of Health and of Research, Science and Technology - as well as international bodies such as the World Health Organization and the International Agency for Research on Cancer.