Do you work with Pacific peoples and communities in New Zealand or other Pacific Island countries? Do you want to enhance your skills and capacity to work with Pacific peoples and communities?


Then the University of Otago’s new distance-taught postgraduate paper, ‘Introduction to Pacific Public Health’ is for you!


Supported by HPF the course, starting Sep 9, is taught by leading Pacific health practitioner and researcher, HPF’s Pacific Health Promotion Strategist and Research Fellow at the School of Public Health, Otago University, Dr Viliami Puloka.   

Guest lecturers from a range of areas will also feature.


The paper will enable you to:

  • – Learn about the factors determining and impacting the health of Pacific peoples, including current topics such as: the Pacific response to Covid-19, the link between infectious and non-communicable diseases, links with climate change and Pacific health.

  • – Apply Pacific health values and practices to improve, promote and protect the health of Pacific peoples.

  • – Understand the epidemiology and sociology of Pacific peoples, their models of health and frameworks for intervention.

  • – Critically reflect on what it means to be Pacific.


This paper can be taken as part of our Postgraduate Public Health programme

Or on its own as a Postgraduate Certificate of Proficiency

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