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)

  • Selak, V., Jackson, R., Poppe, K., Kerr, A., & Wells, S. (2018). Are the benefits of aspirin likely to exceed the risk of major bleeds among people in whom aspirin is recommended for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease?. The New Zealand medical journal, 131 (1484), 19-25.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Vanessa Selak, Katrina Poppe, Susan Wells
  • Mehta, S., Jackson, R., Pylypchuk, R., Poppe, K., Wells, S., & Kerr, A. J. (2018). Development and validation of alternative cardiovascular risk prediction equations for population health planning: a routine health data linkage study of 1.7 million New Zealanders. International journal of epidemiology, 47 (5), 1571-1584. 10.1093/ije/dyy137
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Susan Wells, Suneela Mehta, Katrina Poppe
  • 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
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Daniel Exeter
  • 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 & 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. (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
  • Prospective Studies Collaboration and Asia Pacific Cohort Studies Collaboration (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


Contact details

Primary office location

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

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