NZCPHM Careers

Careers in Public Health

Doctors who practice public health medicine in Aotearoa New Zealand contribute to the overall health of our population rather than focusing on individual health needs. The medical specialty of public health focuses on finding practical solutions for public health issues, addressing the determinants of health, and working to achieve health equity.  The training programme includes a focus on epidemiology, public policy, environmental health, health protection promotion and medical research. 

A career in public health may include influencing public policy, working to address health inequalities, improving living conditions and ensuring the good health of the next generation.

Graduates of the NZCPHM Training Programme usually work in the following roles:

Medical Officer of Health

Medical Officers of Health are based in regional offices of the National Public Health Service. They work as part of a team alongside other public health professionals to protect and promote the health of that community. This role includes regulatory functions.

Other National Public Health Service roles

These roles may include working in areas such as information and analysis, 'health in all policies' and health promotion.

Funding and Planning

These roles are based within Te Whatu Ora and are focussed on needs assessment, population health input to plans and processes, prioritisation and allocative decision making.

Policy and Advice

Public Health Medicine Specialists work in a variety of advisory roles, including providing advice on regulatory and health policies, service development and planning of programmes.

Leadership and Management

Public Health Medicine Specialists hold senior leadership roles in the health sector, including leading programmes in Ministry of Health and other health organisations.  

Academic Public Health, including epidemiology

Many Public Health Medicine Specialists work as medical academics.  These research and teaching roles require a high level of academic expertise.


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