Professor Jeremy Hawker


Professor Jeremy Hawker has worked at local, regional and national levels in health protection and at local level in ‘general’ public health. He is currently Consultant Epidemiologist in the Field Epidemiology Service at Public Health England.


Jeremy qualified in medicine from Birmingham University in 1985 and trained in public health in the West Midlands. He then worked as CCDC in Birmingham from 1992-6 (initially also as a Consultant in Public Health) and then was appointed by the Public Health Laboratory Service as Regional Epidemiologist, where he set up the new Regional Epidemiology Unit. At the formation of the Health Protection Agency in 2003, he was appointed Deputy Director of the Local and Regional Services Division, the largest division of the HPA, which was to integrate approximately 100 separate units and laboratories inherited from the NHS, PHLS, Civil Service and others into a comprehensive and coherent national service. After 3 years in this role, he became Head of Public Health Development for the HPA until December 2009.


Jeremy was elected Registrar of the UK Faculty of Public Health for two terms from 2008-2013. He has also played a significant role in public health workforce and training developments, particularly in relation to the developing field of health protection. He was previously a Board member of the UK Public Health Register from 2005-9, where he was involved in the creation of the defined specialist role and the draft practitioner standards, and the Environmental Health Registration Board (2009-10). He also led the development of the first National Occupational Standards for health protection.

Jeremy is an author of the Communicable Disease Control Handbook and has a particular interest in evidence based health protection, including leading a major review of evidence for 56 infections for the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. He also has a research interest in inequalities in communicable disease.


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