Harry Campbell

Professor of Genetic Epidemiology and Public Health


  • Professor of Genetic Epidemiology and Public Health
  • Honorary consultant in public health medicine, NHS Lothian
  • Co-Director of the Centre for Global Health Research, Edinburgh University
  • Co-Director, WHO Collaborating Centre Population Health Research & Training
  • Co-editor in Chief, Journal of Global Health

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 4 and takes part in assessments in years 1, 2, 4 and the finals viva examination. 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 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. A major new project focuses on RSV disease in children and adults.

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 (due for renewal application in 2017) (current Programme Grant value £6 million). Professor Campbell led a European project on the genetics of complex disease in genetic isolates population leading to more than 100 publications. He has taken part in many GWAS consortia.