Welcome to the networking site for the Population/Public Health group of the U21 HSG!


Ideally projects involve a partnership between academics and international managers/coordinators, with academics focusing more on exploring directions and opportunities and the managers/coordinators enabling processes that make things happen. The following lists the key contacts, recognizing that there will be other people in each location who would wish to be involved.

University of Auckland
Academic contact: Peter Adams
Manager/coordinator contact: Karen Dorrian

University of Melbourne
Academic contact: Rosemary McKenzie
Manager/coordinator contact: Russell Smith

Lund University
Academic contact: Martin Stafström
Manager/coordinator contact: Martin Stafström

Korea University
Academic contact: Haejoo Chung
Manager/coordinator contact: Jiyeon Park

Tecnologico de Monterrey
Academic contact: Jesús Santos
Manager/coordinator contact:

University of Johannesburg
Academic contact: Charlotte Mokoatle
Manager/coordinator contact:


Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
Academic contact: Paula Bedregal
Manager/coordinator contact: Alejandra Vives

Fudan University
Academic contact: He Na
Manager/coordinator contact: Wang Xi

University of British Columbia
Academic contact:
Manager/coordinator contact: Janice DeSouza-Vas

University College Dublin
Academic contact: Patricia Fitzpatrick
Manager/coordinator contact:

University of Birmingham
Academic contact: Paul Fisher
Manager/coordinator contact: David Round


The following lists four areas of strength in population/public health that students and staff might wish to consider for placements, exchanges and other joint activities.

University of Auckland

  • Ageing and quality of life: We have several teams researching health challenges for our aging population
  • Addiction research and harm reduction: Our Centre for Addiction Research (CFAR) conducts cross disciplinary research on tobacco, alcohol, other drugs & gambling
  • Longitudinal birth cohort research: We have a major child cohort study with 7000 children now aged five years
  • Community oriented health promotion: Our School has a strong tradition in community capacity building and health promotion

Lund University

  • Social epidemiology
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Global sustainable development and health

Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

  • Chronic disease epidemiology: Research in cancer and cardiovascular disease, and early origins of health and disease. National health surveys (design and development); adult cohort study
  • Social epidemiology: Research in epidemiology of employment, cities and health inequalities. Early child development and social determinants-oriented policy design and evaluation.
  • Environmental epidemiology: Natural and human-borne contaminants, especially air pollution and occupational agricultural exposures. Also, environmental parasitic diseases transmission and neglected tropical diseases
  • Health Assessments and health economics: Design, implementation, results and impact of interventions, programs, systems and health policies. Health systems research. Health systems financing, Health technology assessment and decision making. Also, evaluation of services and interventions in integrative medicine.
  • Mental health: Adult, child and adolescent mental health: depression, addictions, autism, human development, psychosocial well- being.

Fudan University

  • Environmental health sciences: We have strong research teams on risk assessmentof air pollution and water pollution
  • Research on infectious diseases: Our school has a long-term tradition and reputation in research and control practice of infectious diseases (TB, hepatitis, influenza, HIV and viral co-infections, schistosomiasis, pneumonia, etc. ) including epidemiological research and development of national and regional policies.
  • Health assessment, management and economics: We also take a national disciplinary lead in research on health assessment, management and health economics. We have a WHO Collaboration Centre for Health Assessment and a Key Lab of Health Assessment of China MOH

University of British Columbia

  • Occupational & environmental health: With a strong focus on air pollution impacts in global health
  • Health in special populations: With particular foci in child development at population level, indigenous health, maternal-child health
  • Infectious disease epidemiology: With foci in HIV, rapid response research and genomic epidemiology
  • Health services & policy research: Especially with respect to pharmaceutical drug policy

Korea University

  • Multi-disciplinary public health research: we have secured funding (800K USD/yr for 7 yrs) from the Ministry of Education to educate graduate students and to support multi-disciplinary public health research, from neurons to neighborhoods. The team is consist of 17 faculty members and near 100 graduate students, loosely coordinated, ranging from epigenetics, epidemiology, environmental health, food & nutrition, and health policy & management
  • Labour market & health studies: we have several researchers working on issues from risk assessment in occupational health, ergonomics, occupational epidemiology, and labour market policies’ impact on health
  • Poverty & health/community health promotion in urban slums: we have been working on a precarious housing neighborhood in Seoul, for a participatory health promotion program, focusing on poverty, housing, and social security for the last 3 years

University of Melbourne

  • Disparities, disadvantage and effective health care: reducing the gap in health and wellbeing due to disadvantage through evidence-based policy and health care.
  • Prevention and management of non-communicable diseases (including cancer), and promotion of mental health: evidence-based research and programs which contribute to preventing and alleviating some of the world's most common, debilitating and burdensome health issues.
  • Data science, health metrics and disease modeling: combining the power of advanced computation, data linkage and biological discovery to reduce the impact of current and burgeoning disease.
  • Screening and early detection of disease: finding and treating diseases and disorders early to reduce their impact on health

Tecnologico de Monterrey

  • Public health education research: the ESMaestras Cohort study, (The Mexican Teachers' Cohort) the largest in Latin América (115,000 teachers), start in 2006, www.ESMaestras.org, In collaboration with the National Institute of Public Health. Dr. Luis Espinosa, luisespinosa@itesm.mx is an associated researcher
  • Stroke risk epidemiology: the RIESGO (Mexican Registry of Stroke Risk factors), in collaboration with the Mexican Academy of Neurology. Dr. Luis Espinosa, luisespinosa@itesm.mx is the research project leader.
  • Global Health
  • Health projects in Mexican communities with high levels of marginalization

University of Birmingham

  • Child and maternal health
  • Chronic disease epidemiology
  • Biostatics
  • Clinical trials