Associate Professor John Hall

Research Program:

What are your research interests?

My research interest is in Global Health policy and how health systems in research-poor settings develop and implement health policy with limited resources. Whilst my research has focused mainly on Tuberculosis policy this research is relevant to communicable and non-communicable disease control, maternal and child health, environmental health and health promotion.

This research entails understanding how major global health actors, such as large donors, UN agencies, development banks etc, impact on health services provision in resource-limited settings by influencing health policy development and implementation.  

Why did you get into research?

As a young medical graduate I worked as a volunteer doctor in South Korea, Pakistan, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea. While enjoying clinical practice it became apparent that health outcomes (reduction in morbidity and mortality) are determined by guidelines and policies usually developed in other parts of the world and by groups who are not actually on the ground implementing the guidelines and policies. Often there is no improvement in health outcomes because the policies are not developed with an understanding of the context where they are going to be implemented.

My research aims to understand the processes by which health policy is developed, transfered and implemented within health systems with limited resources.

What would be the ultimate goal for your research?

The ultimate goal of this research is that we achieve a reduction in disease and death in resource-limited settings by involving local government health professionals in the policy process, and taking into consideration the context into which policy is to be implemented so that realistic and achievable policies and guidelines are developed for each developing country.


Associate Professor Hall is the Director of the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics and also convenes the Masters of Public Health Program. He has extensive experience in Public Health in Australia and globally, including teaching in Global Health, Health Systems and Policy, Primary Health Care, Environmental Health, and Maternal and Child Health.

He serves as a member of the World Health Organisation SEARO and WPRO Regional Advisory Panel (RAP) for the Department of Reproductive Health and Research (RHR). He also serves on the NSW Health Aboriginal Population Health Training Initiative Advisory Committee.

Associate Professor Hall was the Director of the Western NSW Public Health Unit from 1992-1994.This involved the delivery of Public Health Programs to the population of Western NSW. From 2008-2010, with a $6 million grant from the Australian Government, he played a central role in establishing the Human Resources for Health Knowledge Hub at the University of New South Wales.

The HRH Hub@UNSW is a knowledge Hub for gathering, synthesising and disseminating knowledge to inform policy with regard to the world crisis in human resources for health needed to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. As Principal Medical Officer, Community Health Services in Vanuatu 1990-1992, he was responsible for the day-to-day technical, financial, human resource and infrastructure needs of the Public Health Programs for the whole country, comprising Communicable Diseases (malaria/dengue, HIV/AIDS, TB/Leprosy), Non-Communicable Diseases, Maternal and Child Health (EPI, ARI/CDD, MCH/Family Planning), Health Promotion, and Health Information/Surveillance Systems.

Associate Professor Hall has worked in Pakistan (1986-1988), South Korea (1981) and the Solomon Islands (1990) as well as consultancy work for AusAID, WHO, USAID, ADB and ODA in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Kenya, Congo, and Zimbabwe.

Associate Professor Hall has received several awards including the Faculty of Medicine, The University of Sydney, Deans Teaching Award “For student Life-Cycle Support for culturally diverse cohorts” (Nov.2007); and the Faculty of Health, The University of Newcastle, International Collaborations Staff Excellence Award (Nov 2012).

Specialised / Technical Skills

  • Public Health Global Health researcher with an interest in development of global evidence based policy 


  • The Centre for Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics
  • HMRI Public Health Group
  • Research Centre for Gender Health and Aging
  • Member - WHO SEARO and WPRO Regional Advisory Panel (RAP) for the Department of Reproductive Health and Research (RHR)
  • Member - NSW Health Aboriginal Population Health Training Initiative Advisory Committee
  • Moi University, Kenya
  • The Aga Khan University, Nairobi, Kenya
  • The University of Botswana, Botswana
  • The University of Western Cape, South Africa
  • Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Priority Research Centre for Gender, Health & Ageing