Undergraduate students’ awareness and understanding of life course opportunities for noncommunicable disease risk reduction

Project Code: 10428971

Faculty: Liggins Institute

Department: Liggins Institute

Main Supervisor: Dr Jacquie Bay (jbay005)

Co supervisors: Dr Gigi Lim (akho002)

Application open date: 01 Jun 2018

Application deadline:

Enrolment information: NZ Citizens, NZ Permanent Residents, International


The field of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) has demonstrated significant associations between nutritional and non-nutritional exposures in early life (even before birth) and later life health outcomes. Science communication and knowledge translation offers an important avenue to enable communities to explore and act on this evidence. However, before knowledge translation interventions can be developed and their effects measured, it is important to understand baseline awareness and knowledge of populations and potential stakeholders. Undergraduate students represent an important stakeholder group (a) because many will likely become future parents and (b) because for those working in fields related to health, education and social services DOHaD evidence should inform their future professional practice. 

This project sits wilthin a wider DOHaD knowledge translation programme within the Liggins Institute. Prospective postgraduate students should meet with the supervisors to discuss how they might refine this broad topic to link to their career aspirations and research interests

What we are looking for in a successful applicant

The applicant should have a background in social or health sciences and a strong interest in science communication and knowledge translation associated with health and wellbeing in communities. 


This project aims to examine undergraduate students’ awareness, knowledge and understanding of life course determinants of risk factors associated with noncommunicable diseases.

The candidate will be required to refine this broad obejective in order to identify a more specific research question. 

Other information

Capability Development 


The project will support the candidate to develop capabilities associated with:

  • understanding of knowledge translation science
  • quantitative and qualitative (mixed) methodologies 
  • collection of data via survey-based tools and focus groups 
  • processing and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data
  • research writing and dissemination 

Scholarships and Funding 


This project is not funded. However, the University of Auckland offers a number of scholarships for postgraduate students. Search the database of scholarships.

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