Professor Philip Hill holds qualifications as a medical practitioner, specialist public health physician, specialist infectious diseases physician, as well as a doctorate in the epidemiology of tuberculosis (MD). After completing specialty training he worked as a clinical epidemiologist at Medical Research Council (UK), on tuberculosis (TB) and pneumonia projects.
Professor Hill established the Otago International Health Research Network (renamed the Otago Global Health Institute and is currently Co-Director. He is the first holder of the McAuley Chair in International Health and the Founding Director and Co-Director of the Centre for International Health at the University of Otago.
Professor Hill is involved in research projects in Africa, Asia, Europe, South America and the Pacific. He has a special interest in training people from low- and middle-income countries at masters and PhD level, with a view to them becoming internationally competitive academic leaders back in their home country.