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McAuley Professor of International Health
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International health


Professor Philip Hill holds separate qualifications as a medical practitioner (MBChB), specialist public health physician (MPH; FAFPHM; FNZCPHM), specialist infectious diseases physician (FRACP), as well as a doctorate in the epidemiology of tuberculosis in The Gambia (MD). He is a fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand (FRSNZ). After completing specialty training in New Zealand, he spent 6 years working as a clinical epidemiologist at the Medical Research Council (UK) research unit in The Gambia, working on tuberculosis (TB) and pneumonia projects.

Professor Hill is the first holder of the McAuley Chair in International Health and is Founding Director and Co-Director of the Centre for International Health at the University of Otago. He is involved in research projects in Africa, Asia, Europe, South America and the Pacific. He is also Adjunct Professor in the new Communicable Diseases Research Centre at the Fiji National University, spending 20% of his time helping to build the new Centre. His major collaboration is in TB research with the TB-HIV research centre of the University of Padjadjaran, Bandung, Indonesia. This collaboration is focusing on moving from observational studies to intervention trials, with a number intervention projects now underway.

Professor Hill has published around 250 articles in peer reviewed journals. His research interests include studies of Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection and disease, Streptococcus pneumoniae carriage, disease and vaccination. Professor Hill has been a Lead or Co-Investigator on grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, MRC (UK), European Commission, DFID (UK), The Canadian Institutes of Health Research, The European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership, the New Zealand Health Research Council, the Marsden Fund (Royal Society of New Zealand), The National Health and Medical Research Council (Australia), the Department for Foreign Affaris and Trade (Australia) and the Global Fund.

In 2008 Professor Hill established the Otago International Health Research Network of over 100 researchers across all four divisions of the University, with an interest in health research in low-and middle-income countries. This Network has been renamed the Otago Global Health Institute and is now one of 12 flagship research centres of the University. He is currently Co-Director of the Institute.

Professor Hill has a special interest in training people from low resource settings at masters’ and PhD level, with a view to them becoming internationally competitive academic leaders back in their home country. He has supervised over 30 masters’ and PhD students, who have had a very high completion and publication rate. He welcomes new enquiries from prospective students.


Lestari, B. W., Hadisoemarto, P. F., Afifah, N., McAllister, S., Fattah, D., Salindri, A. D., … Hill, P. C., & Alisjahbana, B. (2024). Tuberculosis care provided by private practitioners in an urban setting in Indonesia: Findings from a standardized patient study. PLOS Global Public Health, 4(6), e0003311. doi: 10.1371/journal.pgph.0003311 Journal - Research Article

Bates, G., Hill, P. C., Koroituku, I., Wilson, D., Reddy, M., & Kama, M. (2024). A tuberculosis elimination-focused geospatial approach to optimising access to diagnostic GeneXpert machines in Fiji. Tropical Medicine & International Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/tmi.14023 Journal - Research Article

Hill, P. C. (2024). The New Zealand public health response to COVID-19 and international implications for managing future pandemic threats. In R. G. Patman, P. Grace, B. Kiglics & D. Wesselbaum (Eds.), New Zealand's foreign policy under the Jacinda Ardern Government: Facing the challenge of a disrupted world. (pp. 99-129). Singapore: World Scientific. doi: 10.1142/9789811285165_0005 Chapter in Book - Research

Apriani, L., McAllister, S., Sharples, K., Aini, I. N., Nurhasanah, H., Ratnaningsih, D. F., … Hill, P. C. (2024). Tuberculin skin test and Interferon-gamma release assay agreement, and associated factors with latent tuberculosis infection, in medical and nursing students in Bandung, Indonesia. PLoS ONE, 19(3), e0299874. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0299874 Journal - Research Article

Mackenzie, G. A., Hossain, I., Salaudeen, R., Badji, H., Manjang, A., Usuf, E., … Hill, P. C. (2024). Impact of pneumococcal conjugate vaccination on pneumococcal nasopharyngeal carriage in the Gambia: Population-based cross-sectional surveys. Vaccine, 42, 2680-2686. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2024.02.066 Journal - Research Article

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