Professor Rod Jackson

BHSc Auck., MBChB Auck., Dip Obs Auck., Dip Com Hlth Otago, MHSc Auck., PhD Auck.


Rod Jackson is a professor of epidemiology in the Section of Epidemiology & Biostatistics at the School of Population Health, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland. He is also the director of EPIQ (, an in-house group undertaking teaching and research in Evidence-based Practice (EP), health Informatics (I) and Quality improvement (Q), for healthcare services. He is medically trained, has a PhD in Epidemiology and is a fellow of the New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine. He has published over 280 peer-reviewed papers. His main research interest for the last 35 years has been the epidemiology of chronic diseases, particularly cardiovascular diseases. He is one of the architects of New Zealand risk-based clinical guidelines for managing CVD risk and he leads the HRC-funded VIEW2020 (Vascular Informatics using Epidemiology & the Web 2020) research programme (see University of Auckland web page on the VIEW research programme).

Research | Current

Research interests

  • Cardiovascular epidemiology
  • Clinical epidemiology and Evidence-based healthcare
  • Electronic clinical decision support

Teaching | Current

He teaches the epidemiology module in Population Health, the introductory undergraduate POPHLTH111 course, he teaches evidence-based medicine to Year 4 medical students and teaches on Evidence for Best Practice, the postgraduate POPHLTH709 course on evidence based practice.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Shackleton, N., Darlington-Pollock, F., Norman, P., Jackson, R., & Exeter, D. J. (2018). Longitudinal deprivation trajectories and risk of cardiovascular disease in NewZealand. HEALTH & PLACE, 53, 34-42. 10.1016/j.healthplace.2018.07.10
  • Shackleton, N., Darlington-Pollock, F., Norman, P., Jackson, R., & Exeter, D. J. (2018). Longitudinal deprivation trajectories and risk of cardiovascular disease in New Zealand. Health and Place, 53, 34-42. 10.1016/j.healthplace.2018.07.010
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nichola Shackleton, Daniel Exeter
  • Zhao, J., Gibb, S., Jackson, R., Mehta, S., & Exeter, D. J. (2018). Constructing whole of population cohorts for health and social research using the New Zealand Integrated Data Infrastructure. Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, 42 (4), 382-388. 10.1111/1753-6405.12781
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jinfeng Zhao, Suneela Mehta, Daniel Exeter
  • Grey, C., Jackson, R., Wells, S., Wu, B., Poppe, K., Harwood, M., ... Kerr, A. J. (2018). Trends in ischaemic heart disease: patterns of hospitalisation and mortality rates differ by ethnicity (ANZACS-QI 21). NEW ZEALAND MEDICAL JOURNAL, 131 (1478), 21-31.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Corina Grey, Susan Wells, Katrina Poppe, Matire Harwood, Gerhard Sundborn, Billy Wu
  • Rabanal, K. S., Meyer, H. E., Pylypchuk, R., Mehta, S., Selmer, R. M., & Jackson, R. T. (2018). Performance of a Framingham cardiovascular risk model among Indians and Europeans in New Zealand and the role of body mass index and social deprivation. Open Heart, 5 (2), e000821-e000821. 10.1136/openhrt-2018-000821
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Suneela Mehta
  • Gnatiuc, L., Herrington, W. G., Halsey, J., Tuomilehto, J., Fang, X., Kim, H. C., ... Jacobs, D. R. (2018). Sex-specific relevance of diabetes to occlusive vascular and other mortality: a collaborative meta-analysis of individual data from 980 793 adults from 68 prospective studies. The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, 6 (7), 538-546. 10.1016/S2213-8587(18)30079-2
  • Zhou, B., Bentham, J., Di Cesare, M., Bixby, H., Danaei, G., Hajifathalian, K., ... Khatibzadeh, S. (2018). Contributions of mean and shape of blood pressure distribution to worldwide trends and variations in raised blood pressure: a pooled analysis of 1018 population-based measurement studies with 88.6 million participants. International Journal of Epidemiology, 47 (3), 872-883i. 10.1093/ije/dyy016
  • Selak, V., Kerr, A., Poppe, K., Wu, B., Harwood, M., Grey, C., ... Wells, S. (2018). Annual Risk of Major Bleeding Among Persons Without Cardiovascular Disease Not Receiving Antiplatelet Therapy. JAMA, 319 (24), 2507-2520. 10.1001/jama.2018.8194
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Matire Harwood, Vanessa Selak, Katrina Poppe, Susan Wells, Billy Wu, Corina Grey


Contact details

Primary office location

TAMAKI BUILDING 730 - Bldg 730
Level 4, Room 442
New Zealand

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