About Us
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The Centre for Public Health Research (CPHR) is a multi- disciplinary team of researchers based on the Massey University Wellington campus. It is part of the Massey University College of Health, together with the Research Centre for Māori Health & Development, the Sleep/Wake Research Centre, the Social and Health Outcomes Research and Evaluation (SHORE) Centre and Te Röpū Whāriki.

CPHR recognises the importance of the Treaty of Waitangi and its relevance to our work. We have a long history of involvement with Māori research and policy development including the Māori Asthma Review, the Wairarapa Māori Asthma Project, and the Hauora Tamariki project. Much of our Māori health research is done in collaboration with the Research Centre for Māori Health & Development. We are also committed to employing and training Māori health researchers.

The Centre is based in the College of Health, but we also work with researchers at other Massey Colleges and campuses, including the Veterinary Epicentre, and the Institute of Food, Nutrition and Human Health (IFNHH).


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Director Jeroen Douwes

The mission of the Centre for Public Health Research is to provide high quality training and conduct world-class research in epidemiology and public health. The broad aims of the Centre are to prevent disease and promote and protect health and wellbeing of populations, communities and individuals. Our primary focus is to produce and disseminate new knowledge related to non-communicable disease (respiratory disease, cancer, dermatitis, birth defects, neurodevelopmental conditions, motor neuron disease etc.), Māori health, Pacific health, occupational health, environmental health, socioeconomic determinants of health and health surveillance. To fulfil our mission, we collaborate with basic and clinical scientists, health professionals, community groups, and national and international government and non-governmental agencies.


  • Please contact us:
  • Phone: +64 4 979 3106
  • Fax: +64 4 802-7120
  • Email: CPHR@massey.ac.nz