John Frank

Emeritus Professor | Lead, Research and Evidence-Based Medicine Module


Professor John Frank 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 2018-2021, Professor Frank advised 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