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Public Policy and Health


Professor D J Hunter, Director of CPPH

Director and Professor of Health Policy & Management in the Centre for Public Policy & Health
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 40362
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 40361
Room number: F121, Wolfson Research Institute, Queen's Campus, Stockton on Tees, TS17 6BH
Member of Medicine and Health Postgraduate Programmes
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 40362

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David Hunter has been Professor of Health Policy and Management at Durham University since 2000 where he is director of the Centre for Public Policy and Health in the School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health and a Wolfson Fellow in the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing. He is Deputy Director of Fuse, the UKCRC Centre for Translational Research in Public Health, ( and lead investigator for its complex systems research programme. He is a member of the executive group for the NIHR School for Public health Research. He undertakes research on aspects of public health policy and practice, including partnership working and health system transformation. He is Programme Chair for a range of national and local leadership programmes including those offered under the title Leading Transformation of Health and Wellbeing. 

Among his previous posts, from 1989 to 1999, David was Professor of Health Policy and Management at the University of Leeds, and was Director of the Nuffield Institute for Health at Leeds for most of this time. Prior to that, he worked at the King's Fund Institute in London. 

David is an Honorary Member of the Faculty of Public Health, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. From 2004-2009, he was Chair of the UK Public Health Association.

Among his various responsibilities, David is a non-executive director of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) with particular responsibility for public health (since November 2009). He is a member of its Audit Committee. NICE was renamed the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence in April 2013. He is a member of the NIHR Health Services & Delivery Research Commissioning Board. Since June 2009 he has been an Appointed Governor of the South Tees NHS Hospitals Foundation Trust. 

David holds an advisory position with the WHO Regional Office for Europe and contributed to the development of WHO’s new health strategy and policy framework, Health 2020, and accompanying European Action Plan for Strengthening Public Health Capacities and Services. Former advisory positions include the Marmot Commission on health inequalities in England (2010) and the House of Commons Health Committee and Communities and Local Government Committee.

David lectures and publishes widely on health policy and management topics. His most recent book commissioned by The Policy Press, The Health Debate, was published in September 2008 and is a critical review of current health policy in the UK. He is co-author of a review of the public health system in England, The Public Health System in England, published in March 2010 by The Policy Press. His forthcoming book, co-written with Neil Perkins, Partnership Working in Public Health, will be published by Policy Press in early 2014.

David enjoys mountain bike riding and hill walking with his two dogs. Living in Swaledale in the Yorkshire Dales is an ideal location for both activities. He also enjoys listening to most forms of jazz although his days of playing drums in a group in Edinburgh are sadly over.

Research Groups

School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health

Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

Research Projects

Department of Geography

  • School for Public Health Research, £180,000

School of Education

  • NHS & Durham University: Spread and Embed: Investigating the adoption, transmission and evolution of healthcare processes

Research Interests

  • European health policy
  • Health care reform, UK and internationally
  • Public health management
  • UK health policy and management

Selected Publications

Articles: magazine

  • Hunter, D.J. & Goodwin, N. (2014). Context is everything in health leadership. Health service journal Feb: 16-17.
  • Hunter, DJ (2014). The Public Health Shift Is Not Simple. Health service journal 124(6410): 16.
  • Hunter, DJ (2013). To Market! To Market!.
  • Hunter, D.J. (2009). Be bold with the NHS - be inspired by Cuba. Public Servant 10-11.

Book chapters: online

Books: authored

Books: edited

  • Hunter, David J (2008). Perspectives on Joint Director of Public Health Appointments. london: Improvement and Development Foundation.
  • Hunter, David J (2007). Managing for Health. Routledge Health Management. Oxon: Routledge.
  • Griffiths, S & Hunter, David J (2007). New Perspectives in Public Health. Oxford: Radcliffe.
  • Hunter, D, Berg M, Jioks,am R & Ovretveit J (2005). Health Management Series. Routledge Business.

Books: reviews

Books: sections

  • Dooris, M & Hunter, David J (2007). Organisations and settings for promoting public health. In Policy and practice in promoting public health. Lloyd, C E, Handsley, S, Douglas, J, Earle, S & Spurr, S London: Sage Publications in association with The Open University. 95-125.
  • Hunter, David J (2007). Public Health Policy. In Public Health for the 21st Century: New Perspectives on Policy, Participation and Practice. Orme, Judy, Powell, Jane, Taylor, Pat & Grey, Melanie Maidenhead: Open University Press. 24-41.
  • Hunter, David J (2007). Public health: historical context and current agenda. In Public Health: social context and action. Scriven, A & Garman, S Maidenhead: Open University Press. 8-19.
  • Hunter, David J (2007). Values and Health Policy in the European Union. In Devolving Policy, Diverging Values? The Values of the United Kingdom's National Health Services. Greer, Scott L & Rowland, David London: The Nuffield Trust. 69-85.
  • Hunter, David J (2006). Efficiency. In Constructive Conversations about Health: Policy and Values. Marinker, M Oxford: Radcliffe.
  • Hunter, David J, Shishkin, S & Taroni, F (2005). Steering the purchaser, stewardship and government. In Purchasing to Improve Health Systems Performance. Figeuras, Josep, Robinson, Ray & Jakubowski, Elke Cambridge: Open University Press. 164-181.
  • P. Degeling, R. Iedema, M. Winters, S. Maxwell, B. Coyle, J. Kennedy & D.J. Hunter (2003). Leadership in the Context of Health Reform: An Australian Case Study. In Leading Health Care Organizations. Sue Dopson & A. L Mark Palgrave Macmillan. 113-133.
  • Hunter, David J (2003). Public Health Policy. In Public Health for the 21st Century: New perspectives on policy, participation and practice. Orme, J., Powell, J, Taylor, P, Harrison, T & Grey, M Maidenhead: Open University Press. 15-41.

Departmental working papers

Edited works: contributions

Essays in edited volumes

  • Wood,C, Hunter, DJ, Jeffreys, B, Britnell, M, Abrahams, D, Bambra, C, Wind-Cowie, M & Hudson, R (2013). Health in Austerity. In Demos.

Journal papers: academic

Journal papers: online

Journal papers: professional

  • Hunter, David J (2008). Viewpoints: Health needs more than health care: the need for a new paradigm. The European Journal of Public Health 18(3): 217-220.
  • Hunter, David J & Brown, J (2007). A review of health management research. European Journal of Public Health 17(supplement 1): 33-37.
  • Hunter, David J & Marks, Linda (2005). Speak Out. Health Service Journal 23: 23.
  • Hunter, David J & Goodwin, N. (2004). On public health. Health Service Journal 114: 17.
  • Hunter, David J & Goodwin, N (2004). Public Health - coming of age? Public Health News (24 May): 8-9.
  • Hunter, David J (2004). Public Health Policy: The Issues, The Future. IFMH Inform 15(3): 1-3.
  • Hunter, David J (2003). A different angle. Health Service Journal 113: 16-17.
  • Hunter, David J (2003). Foundation hospital: back to the future. Spectrum 3: 4-5.
  • Hunter, David J (2003). Inequality street. Health Service Journal 113: 16-17.


Other publications: research

Reports: official

Reports: technical

  • Hunter, David J (2007). Learning from Healthy Living Centres: The Changing Policy Context. Big Lottery Fund.

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