- About us
The School of Population Health aims to improve the health of populations through excellence in teaching, research and strategic partnerships.
Making a difference to the world's health
Established in 2001, the School of Population Health engages in research that is focused on making a real impact on some of the world‟s most pressing population and public health challenges. Recent benchmarking by the Australian Research Council ranked our health research as amongst the world's best.
Over the past decade, the School has established a reputation for research that is comprehensive and influential. Current priorities includehealth behaviours and health promotion; mental health; etiology and treatment; burden of disease; health services evaluation; substance use/abuse; epidemiology and biostatistics; infectious disease modelling; environmental health; women, children and adolescent health; and the health of specific population groups.
Research is undertaken by leaders in their fields and supported by competitive grants awarded by some of Australia and the world‟s most prestigious funding bodies. Our researchers maintain collaborations with high-profile partners in academia and industry and engage with global policy makers. Their results inform health policy and practice both at home and around the world.
Excellence in research and teaching is reflected in an outstanding academic program which covers all fields of population and public health. Our student body is diverse and drawn from many countries of the world. The University of Queensland has won more awards for teaching, and conducts world class research in more fields, than any other Australian university.
- More than $16M annual income for research and AusAID initiatives
- More than 800 students
- 100 academic staff from all fields of public and population health
- Our research is supported by national and international funding from prestigious competitive schemes including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome Trust, The National Health and Medical Research Council and The Australian Research Council
- Seven Centres based within the School conduct research in cancer prevention; alcohol, tobacco and other drugs; burden of disease and cost-effectiveness; international and tropical health; linked health data; longitudinal lifecourse research; and clinical trials and biostatistics
- More than 100 research higher degree students
- High-level partnerships with the Queensland Government, the Department of Health and Ageing, Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR)
International collaborators include the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, Harvard University, the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, the University of California at San Francisco, the World Health Organization Health Metrics Network and several ministries of health, particularly in South East Asia
Professor Charles Gilks
Professor Charles Gilks became Head of the School of Population Health on 1 February 2013.
Professor Gilks has extensive experience and expertise in tropical medicine, HIV and health systems. Before joining the School, he was the United Nations AIDS Country Co-ordinator for India and was one of the chief architects of the WHO’s successful ‘3 by 5’ initiative on access to HIV medications in resource-poor countries. Professor Gilks was also principal investigator for the DART trial, a Uganda and Zimbabwe-based multi-country treatment trial — the largest in Africa. Trained as an infectious disease physician with a DPhil in malaria, Professor Gilks has held professorships at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and Imperial College London, and has also worked at the World Health Organization in Geneva.
Position: Head of School
Phone: +61 7 336 55280
Position: Executive Assistant to Professor Charles Gilks, Head of School
Phone: + 61 7 336 55280