Professor Rod Jackson

Professor Rod Jackson is a professor of epidemiology in the Section of Epidemiology & Biostatistics at the School of Population Health, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland. He is medically trained, has a PhD in Epidemiology and is a member of the New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine. He has published over 230 peer-reviewed papers.

His main teaching interest is to make epidemiology and its uses more accessible at both undergraduate and postgraduate / professional levels. To achieve this he has spent about 20 years developing a ‘Graphic Approach To Epidemiology’ (GATE) which he and his colleagues use as the basis for courses in epidemiology and in evidence-based practice / critical appraisal (

His main research interest for the last 30 years has been the epidemiology of cardiovascular diseases. He is one of the architects of New Zealand risk-based clinical guidelines for managing CVD risk. His current research is based around PREDICT – a web-based decision support system being used to help primary and secondary care practitioners across New Zealand systematically manage CVD and diabetes risk at the ‘moment of care’ for their practice populations. PREDICT simultaneously generates a CVD research cohort that has grown to over 150,000 people.