Alistair Woodward has been Head of School since 2004. His first degree was
in medicine and he undertook his postgraduate training in public health in
the UK. He has a PhD in epidemiology from the University of Adelaide. Prior
to taking up his post at The University of Auckland he was Professor of
Public Health at the University of Otago Wellington.
In 1902 William Osler wrote about the achievements of medicine. He said
“The average sum of human suffering has been reduced in a way to make the angels
rejoice. Diseases familiar to our fathers and grandfathers have disappeared, the death rate
from others is falling to the vanishing point, and public health measures have lessened the
sorrows and brightened the lives of millions.”
Osler's age was a hundred years ago, but he captures accurately what population health is striving
for still. We have made great progress towards achieving Osler’s vision. But there is more to be done.
The School of Population Health is home to a wide range of exciting research and teaching.
In this way the University makes a significant contribution to "lessening sorrows" and "brightening lives".
I encourage you to find out more about the School by exploring the links on this website.
More information about Alistair can be found
on his profile