Global Health Academy

Professor Igor Rudan

Igor Rudan is affiliated with the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Edinburgh and is Director of the Croatian Centre for Global Health.

Professor Rudan graduated from the University of Zagreb Medical School, Croatia, in 1995. He then also obtained an MSc in Anthropology (1997) and PhD in Epidemiology (1998) from Zagreb University.

He then earned an MPH from the University of Pavia, Italy (1999) and a second PhD in genetics at the University of Edinburgh, UK (2005).

He is as a consultant to:

  • the World Health Organization
  • the Department for International Development (UK)
  • the Child Health and Nutrition Research Initiative
  • the Harvard Initiative for Global Health
  • The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation


Professor Rudan has been (co)principal investigator on 17 research grants totalling £8.5 million.

He has published seven books/monographs and more than 130 papers, and has been awarded 15 national and international awards.

In 2007, Professor Rudan was the researcher with the greatest increase in the number of citations in the world in the field of general social sciences (including public health and health policy), according to Institute for Scientific Information/Thomson.

His discovery that the SLC2A9 gene causes gout disease (2008) was declared the third most significant contribution of Croatian scientists to global scientific heritage by the leading Croatian weekly magazine, The Globe.

More information about Professor Rudan is available from the Community Health Sciences website.