Harry Campbell

Professor of Genetic Epidemiology and Public Health


Current roles

  • Professor of Genetic Epidemiology and Public Health

  • Honorary consultant in public health medicine, NHS Lothian

  • Deputy Director, Usher Institute

  • Joint-Director, WHO Collaborating Centre Population Health Research & Training

  • Joint-Director, Centre for Global Health Research

  • Joint-Director, NIHR Global Health Unit on Respiratory Health

  • Editor, Journal of Global Health

Previous roles

  • UK training posts in paediatrics and infectious diseases
  • Experience working in Africa (MRC Gambia), Asia and the Pacific (Solomon Islands)
  • Medical officer / deputy programme manager [CDR – child health]; WHO Geneva
  • NHS Consultant in Public Health


  • BMedSci Hons (1st; Pharmacology; Edinburgh)
  • MBChB (Edinburgh); MD (Edinburgh)
  • MSc (distinction; LSHTM)

Undergraduate teaching

Professor Campbell co-directs the social sciences and public health vertical programme in the MBChB course. He teaches in years 1, 2 and 5 and takes part in assessments in years 1, 2, 5 and 6. Professor Campbell acts as a personal tutor to 10 students. He supervises 1-2 BMedSci (Hons) students each year.

Postgraduate teaching


Professor Campbell runs a course on global health epidemiology, teaches on 2 other courses and supervises 1-2 students per year as part of the MPH course. He has acted as the chair of recent Board of Examiners meetings. He teaches on other post-graduate courses. Professor Campbell acts as external examiner at Imperial College London and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

Postgraduate Research

Professor Campbell supervises 7 PhD students currently either as first or second supervisor – global (child) health, colorectal cancer (genetic) epidemiology and genetic epidemiology. He acts as mentor to several (currently 4) Chancellors Fellows and other early career researchers and to one senior professorial staff member.  

Research summary

Harry Campbell has a number of research interests:

Long standing experience in many aspects of global child health with a particular long term interest in many aspects of childhood respiratory infections. Recent and current projects have explored global burden of disease, disease surveillance, use of linked routine heath datasets, risk factors, careseeking, case management guidelines. Two major grants include a new EU IMI programme (led by the University of Edinburgh) focusing on RSV disease in children and adults and and an NIHR Global Health Unit on Respiratory Health.

Professor Campbell has had a long term interest in colorectal cancer genetics and epidemiology. He has held a CRUK Programme grant continuously from 2003 – 2020 with Malcolm Dunlop, Susan Farrington and Evi Theodoratou (current Programme Grant value £3.4 million).

Professor Campbell has established population-based studies and biobanks in several genetic isolate populations in work supported by MRC through Programme Grants (QTL in Health and Disease) from 2000 – 2017 with Alan Wright, Igor Rudan, Nick Hastie, Chris Haley, Jim Wilson, Caroline Hayward and Vernoique Vitart (Programme Grant value ~£6 million over 5 years). This programme has been renewed for a further 5 years from 2018 and is led by Professors Jim Wilson, Chris Haley and Caroline Hayward. He has taken part in many GWAS consortia.

He has been listed on www.highlycited.com since 2014.