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 300 peer-reviewed papers. His main research interest for the last 38 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)

  • Barnes, L. A., Eng, A., Corbin, M., Denison, H. J., 't Mannetje A, Haslett, S., ... Douwes, J. (2020). The Prevalence of Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Different Occupational Groups in New Zealand. Annals of work exposures and health, 64 (6), 645-658. 10.1093/annweh/wxaa040
  • Wells, S., Pylypchuk, R., Mehta, S., Kerr, A., Selak, V., Poppe, K., ... Jackson, R. (2020). Performance of CVD risk equations for older patients assessed in general practice: a cohort study. New Zealand Medical Journal, 133 (1517), 32-55. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Susan Wells, Suneela Mehta, Katrina Poppe, Vanessa Selak
  • Thar, C.-M., Jackson, R., Swinburn, B., & Mhurchu, C. N. (2020). A review of the uses and reliability of food balance sheets in health research. Nutrition reviews10.1093/nutrit/nuaa023
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Boyd Swinburn, Cliona Ni Mhurchu
  • NCD Risk Factor Collaboration (NCD-RisC) (2020). Repositioning of the global epicentre of non-optimal cholesterol. Nature, 582 (7810), 73-77. 10.1038/s41586-020-2338-1
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Patricia Metcalf
  • Mehta, S., Jackson, R., Poppe, K., Kerr, A. J., Pylypchuk, R., & Wells, S. (2020). How do cardiovascular risk prediction equations developed among 30-74 year olds perform in older age groups? A validation study in 125 000 people aged 75-89 years. Journal of epidemiology and community health, 74 (6), 527-533. 10.1136/jech-2019-213466
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Suneela Mehta, Katrina Poppe, Susan Wells
  • Poppe, K. K., Doughty, R. N., Wells, S., Wu, B., Earle, N. J., Richards, A. M., ... Kerr, A. J. (2020). Development and validation of a cardiovascular risk score for patients in the community after acute coronary syndrome. Heart (British Cardiac Society), 106 (7), 506-511. 10.1136/heartjnl-2019-315809
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Katrina Poppe, Susan Wells, Billy Wu, Nikki Earle, Rob Doughty
  • Nunan, D., Jackson, R., & Heneghan, C. (2020). What next for education in evidence-based healthcare? A call for submissions. BMJ evidence-based medicine, 25 (2), 1-2. 10.1136/bmjebm-2019-111301
  • Herrett, E., Jackson, R., & Smeeth, L. (2020). Managing cardiovascular disease risk in hypertension - Authors' reply. Lancet (London, England), 395 (10227)10.1016/s0140-6736(20)30056-8


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M&HS BUILDING 507 - Bldg 507
Level 1, Room 1080
New Zealand

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