The science of epidemiology underpins public health policy, dental science and health services research, and employs a large number of researchers around the world.
Biostatistics is the science of collecting, analysing, presenting and drawing inferences from data for research in medicine and health. Understanding of context is vitally important as methods developed in one area of statistics can be misleading when unthinkingly applied elsewhere.
The MSc in Epidemiology and Biostatistics has been developed to meet the growing need for the research community to possess excellence in biostatistical analysis, especially for the analysis of observational data.
You’ll learn a wide range of contemporary statistical methods and, most importantly, when and where they should be applied.
Graduates of this course have a wide range of career options, and are in demand in universities, government, national health services, non-government organisations and industry.
You'll be part of a world-renowned School and will be taught by internationally recognised scholars.
You can also study this programme part time over 24 months.
You’ll study modules totalling 180 credits. If you study this programme part time you will study fewer modules in each year.
You’ll take common core (compulsory) modules, including our innovative Professional Spine module, designed to give you the skills and experience to work effectively in research, public health or health services research. It includes, for example, ethics, academic writing for publication, consultancy, management and leadership skills.
You focus on one of these specialist themes, selecting up to three modules within it:
Statistical Epidemiology – you specialise in the advanced statistical methods that play a crucial part in modern epidemiological research. This includes latent variable methods (allowing models to vary across different subgroups of the patient population and multilevel techniques) taking into account the complex hierarchy of patients treated by clinical teams within hospitals.
Non-communicable Disease Epidemiology – you specialise in the epidemiology of diseases such as coronary heart disease, diabetes, cancer and congenital anomalies that are a leading cause of death worldwide. As well as understanding the biology, causes and trends of these diseases, you will also explore exposures (such as diet, chemicals, radiation, toxicology and lifestyle factors) including measurement, validation and study design.
The programme culminates in your research project, supervised by leading researchers in their field. In collaboration with the teaching team, you’ll choose, design, conduct and write your research project, tailored to your chosen specialism. You, can design a project yourself or can choose from a range designed by the supervisors.
The final outcome will be to write up a paper, suitable for journal publication. We’ll encourage you to submit the article, using our experience and reputation to help you.
We blend face-to-face teaching with technology to enhance your learning experience. Self-directed online learning lets you study at a pace that suits you, whilst face-to-face support allows you to explore individual areas of difficulty and extend your understanding.
You’re likely to experience:
We understand the importance of assessment and feedback in your learning. We provide assessment in as many modules as possible so that you can gauge your understanding of the key concepts.
You’ll get feedback in a variety of ways: through informal discussion with tutors, written feedback from formative assessments, marks obtained in both formative and summative assessments and peer-review from presenting projects and data.
Each module contains a summative assessment component (a more formal evaluation). Some of these will be done via continuous in-course assessment, and some as end-of-module assessment.
Our assessment and feedback will use a number of methods:
The MSc in Medical Statistics combines in-depth training in mainstream advanced statistical modelling with a specialisation in medical applications.
This flexible degree programme allows you to blend theoretical and applied statistical disciplines, ideal for training in medical statistics. It combines compulsory and optional modules allowing you to train in a range of statistical techniques (and transferable skills) suitable for either careers in medical statistics and research-related professions, or for further academic research.
Options within the course vary from mainstream topics in statistical methodology to more specialised areas such as epidemiology and biostatistics.
You can also study this programme part time over 24 months.
If you do not meet the full academic entry requirements then you may wish to consider the Graduate Diploma in Mathematics. This course is aimed at students who would like to study for a mathematics related MSc course but do not currently meet the entry requirements. Upon completion of the Graduate Diploma, students who meet the required performance level will be eligible for entry onto a number of related MSc courses, in the following academic year.
The Master in Aviation Medicine (MAvMed) programme is a fully distance-taught that actively encourages international student enrolment.
The University of Otago is a world leader in terms of offering aviation medicine training and professional development for the aviation medicine industry and has 100+ students studying in the Middle East, North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. This is the only aviation medicine programme in the world to offer distance education. It is supported by academic staff and alumni with strong links to the aviation industry.
Graduates of the programme will meet internationally recognised ‘best practice’ standards for aviation medicine practitioners and are frequently employed by airlines including Cathay Pacific, Emirates, and Qantas.
The Master of Aviation Medicine (MAvMed) is available through Distance Learning.
The programme shall consist of papers to the value of 240 points (normally eight 30-point papers) which shall normally comprise:
At least 180 points selected from
The programme of study shall consist of papers to the value of 240 points.
At least 180 points must be from papers selected from AVME 711, AVME 712, AVME 713, AVME 714, AVME 715, AVME 716, AVME 717, AVME 718, AVME 719, AVME 720, AVME 721, AVME 722, AVME 723, AVME 724, AVME 726, AVME 780, AVME 785, AVME 801, AVME 802, AVME 803, AVME 804.
Subject to the approval of the Dean of the Otago Medical School, papers which have been completed at the University of Otago, another university, or an approved examining body may be credited to the programme and/or used as the basis for exemption from the requirements of (b) above, provided that this previous study is directly relevant to the candidate's proposed and approved programme of study, to a maximum of 120 points.
A candidate who has completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport, Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Medicine, Postgraduate Certificate in Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport, or Postgraduate Certificate in Occupational Medicine may be exempted from one or more papers in the programme for the degree to a maximum of 120 points.
We are pleased to announce that after an intensive two year review of the MPH core subject curriculum that we have made some exciting new changes to the MPH core subjects. Within the review we consulted with employers and staff, reviewed graduate student feedback and benchmarked against MPH offerings around the world. As a result of the review we have developed an novel new core subject, ‘Planning and Priortising in Public Health’, that is focused on practical public health workplace skills. We have also made minor changes to other core subjects with the aim of having an increased focus on the drivers of public health problems, the skills required by all public health practitioners, and planning and managing public health projects and programs. These curriculum and structural changes will enable the ability of the School to continue to produce high quality graduates equipped with relevant knowledge and skills for a breadth of careers within the public health workforce.
Students commencing the Master of Public Health in 2017 and beyond will have the opportunity to complete ‘Planning and Prioritising in Public Health’. Existing students will also have the opportunity to take this subject as an elective from 2017 onwards. These changes will increase the breadth of skills and knowledge gained by students within their MPH experience.
The Master of Public Health has three components: