Judith McCool

University: University of Auckland

School/Department: Social and Community Health

Position: Senior Lecturer

Degrees: MPH, PhD.

Email:  j.mccool@auckland.ac.az

Health topics of expertise: Media, Communications, Youth, Tobacco, Trade, Pacific, NCDs

Geographical focus: Asia Pacific Rim (with emphasis on the Pacific Islands region)

Service Activities: 

  • Program leader, MPH Global Health programme, Faculty of Medical and Health Science, University of Auckland.
  • Consultant for WHO; Fred Hollows Foundation; Fiji National University for research and capacity development.

Recent related Consultancy/Grants/Collaborations:

  1. Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade – New Zealand Aid Programme (Developing an mCessation tool for the Pacific)
  2. WHO – Assessing diabetes management in the Pacific: a four country study.
  3. Fred Hollows Foundation: Embedded health messages in prime-time drama in Fiji

Recent related publications:

  1. McCool J, Freeman B and Tanielu H, Representations of tobacco use in Samoa media: adolescents perspectives. BMC Public Health (in press).
  2. Fa’alili-Fidow J, McCool J, Percival T.  Trade and health in the Pacific: views from the insiders.  BMC Public Health 2014, 14:309 (4 April 2014)
  3. Cha, R, McCool J and Bagg W. (2013) The overseas medical students elective: a precursor for global health action? International Journal of Modern Education Forum (IJMEF) Vol 2, Issue


Judith is Senior Lecturer in Global Health at the School of Population Health, University of Auckland. Judith completed her Master of Public Health 1997 (Otago University) and PhD (University of Auckland) in 2002.  Since this time she has been an active contributor to research in the field of health risk perceptions, tobacco control, media and global health.  Judith is both lead and co-investigator on numerous international and national research projects funded by HRC, Bloomberg Initiative, World University Network, Ministry of Health and an active collaborator research and capacity building initiatives on in partnership with WHO and Secretariat for the Pacific Communities. Since being appointed to senior lecturer in global health, Judith has developed networks in Asia Pacific region; Latin America and North America, where she has participated in country and regional forums for global health and tobacco control.  The Global Health Group, led by Judith, been awarded a Vice Chancellor’s Strategic Development Award (2009) and an International Research Team Development Award (2010) to enhance international global health collaboration.  She is the coordinator of Andrews Family fellowship initiative between the School of Population Health and the Fiji School of Medicine.  Her major research interests include assessment of the impact of trade on health outcomes (child health, NCDs), tobacco industry activity in the Pacific region, media interpretations and health behaviours.