Professor John Frank

Lead, Research and Evidence-Based Medicine Module


Prof John Frank Director of Knowledge Exchange and Research Impact, Usher Institute, University of Edinburgh, is a physician-epidemiologist with 44 years of primary care/ public health practice, research, teaching and consulting, in four countries.  He has led three new start-up non-profit Institutes/Centres for applied public health research, in Canada and Scotland, since 1991. His special area of expertise is health inequalities by socio-economic status, a topic of clear relevance to policy options being considered by many COVID-19-affected nations, as they seek to exit various forms of lock-down without worsening population health or inequalities.


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Responsibilities & affiliations

Honorary Public Health Consultant, Public Health Scotland (2018-)

Undergraduate teaching

Lead, REBM Module for HCP-Med Programme (2020-)

Postgraduate teaching

Lecturer, MPH Programme, University of Edinburgh

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Past PhD students supervised

More than 50 graduate students since 1985 – list available on request.

Research summary

Clinical and Public Health Epidemiology; Social Determinants of Health; Health Inequalities; Disease Prevention

Past research interests

Infectious Disease, Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology

Knowledge exchange

As Director of Knowledge Exchange and Research Impact for the Usher Institute since 2018, Prof Frank advises faculty members and the Usher Board on how to achieve more policy and practice applications of their research, including Early Career Researchers

Project activity

As a semi-retired professor since 2018, I now focus on teaching more than research

Current project grants

Children’s Data Collaborative/UNICEF: Prediction of Late-Childhood Obesity for Population Screening at School Entry (2020-21: £62,000)

Past project grants

More than £30,000.000 of research grants in Canada, the USA and the UK since 1985 – details available on request