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Welcome to the Public Health Seminar Series at University of Canterbury wiki.

Purpose of this site:

  • To post information about upcoming and past public health lectures in this series
  • To post information about the speakers, including contact details and CVs
  • To post a calendar of events, including lectures and related events such as journal club meetings
  • To post video files of past lectures and any additional materials

In brief, this site provides a location for information on the public health research at the University of Canterbury and beyond.


Upcoming Event

Spatial Microsimulation: What is it and Why do it?

Speaker: Dr Malcolm Campbell

4 PM - 27 November 2012

Room 406, Department of Geography

Spatial microsimulation is a technique that can be used to create a‘new’ synthetic population that is as close as possible to the real population with a geographical element. The seminar will show how spatial microsimulation can potentially be used to estimate the socio-economic and spatial impacts of ‘what-if’ policy scenarios on both places and people. Several ‘what-if’ policy scenarios (both present and future) and the implications for social and spatial inequalities are then considered and discussed. The spatial microdata created, provides a wealth of information which can be examined and explored. The seminar will conclude by exploring possibilities for such analysis in New Zealand. 




Previous Events:


(To view a larger image, and read the contents of the poster, click on it)

Title: " The Ugly, the Bad, and the Good - Perceptions v epidemiology NZ case studies on the causes of birth defects"

 Date: 29 May 2012

 Time: 4:00pm


Presented by Assoc. Prof. Barry Borman, Centre for Public Health Research, Massey University. Barry Borman has over 20 years of experience in applied epidemiology and environmental and occupational health, and has been directly responsible for or involved in the development, operation and evaluation of numerous health surveillance systems. From 2000 to 2008 he managed Public Health Intelligence (PHI), the epidemiology group of the Ministry of Health, New Zealand, which was disestablished in 2008.


Since 1987 he has been the director of the NZ Birth Defects Monitoring Programme (NZBDMP) and a member of the International Clearinghouse for Birth Defects Surveillance and Research (ICBDSR).



 Lecture Title: "Geographical variations and trends in infant mortality in New-Zealand (1980-2008)"

 Speaker: Professor Philippe Apparicio

 Philippe is a Professor at the Institut national de la recherché scientifique (INRS) in Montreal, Canada. He works in the Urbanization, Culture and Society Centre. His main interests are Spatial analysis, GIS, remote sensing, spatial data fusion, dynamic and interactive mapping, quality of life within the city, environmental injustice and inequity, urban poverty, residential segregation.

Date/Time: 17 April 2012, 4:00pm


 Location: Waimairi Building, Dovedale Avenue Campus, College of Education Room Number: Room 219

Recent Events:

Lecture Title: "Integrating Environmental Epidemiological Study Results in Health Services - Arsenic in West Bengal"
Speaker: Dr Arin Basu
Date/Time: 20 March 2012, 4:30pm
Location: Geography Building, Room 406
Please feel free to download the lecture by clicking on the link below.

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