Professor Charles Gilks

Head of School & HIV/STI Prof Chair

School of Public Health
Faculty of Medicine

Affiliate Professor Level E

UQ Poche Centre for Indigenous Health
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
+61 7 336 55280


Charles Gilks is an International Public Health specialist and Clinical Academic.

He is Dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Queensland (UQ), ranked 18th in the world (Shanghai 2018 global rankings). He has worked on Global Public Health, HIV/AIDS and other BBVs, Sexual Health and Health Systems strengthening, as a clinical researcher, providing technical assistance and in planning and policy development. His clinical research started with describing a new disease, HIV/AIDS, in Africa in a series of pivotal cross-sectional and cohort studies. He then led a series of multicentre clinical trials of HIV-related disease prevention and ART (Antiretroviral therapy).

He was Professor of Tropical Medicine at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine then moved to the World Health Organisation. He was in WHO from 2001-2010, as Director of HIV Prevention, Care and Treatment scale-up. He led ART scale-up (including “3by5”); he pioneered the Public Health approach to HIV, and edited all the Prevention and Treatment guidelines that set the global norms and standards for HIV programming; his team also developed the concept of Treatment as Prevention. In 2014, he was appointed as the first Queensland Professorial Chair in HIV and STI. He has published over 240 peer-reviewed papers and his Google H-index is 66.

With a 30-year background in lecturing, presenting and more recently interacting with the media, he has learnt to communicate simply, clearly and concisely.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Oxf.
  • Master of Science, University of London
  • Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery w/Hons, University of Cambridge
  • Master of Arts, University of Cambridge
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Cambridge


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Book Chapter

  • Piwowarczyk, Linda, Crosby, Sondra, Kerr, Denali and Grodin, Michael A. (2013). Torture and public health. Health and Human Rights in a Changing World. (pp. 278-288) edited by Michael Grodin, Daniel Tarantola, George Annas and Sofia Gruskin.New York, NY, United States: Taylor and Francis. doi:10.4324/9780203576298-31

  • Grodin, Michael A. (2010). Mad, bad, or evil: how physician healers turn to torture and murder. Medicine after the Holocaust: from the Master Race to the human genome and beyond. (pp. 49-67) edited by Sheldon Rubenfeld.New York, NY USA: Palgrave Macmillan. doi:10.1057/9780230102293

  • Piwowarczyk, L., Crosby, S., Kerr, D. and Grodin, M. (2008). Torture and public health. International Encyclopedia of Public Health. (pp. 341-348) edited by . Elsevier Inc.. doi:10.1016/B978-012373960-5.00397-X

  • Gilks, Charles F. (1997). Acute bacterial infections. AIDS and respiratory medicine. (pp. 235-250) edited by .Boston, MA, United States: Springer Nature. doi:10.1007/978-1-4899-3446-8_14

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

  • Gouda, Hebe N., Hodge, Nicola, Aumua, Audrey, Gilks, Charles, Rampatige, Rasika, Lopez, Alan D., Mikkelsen, Lene, Carla AbouZahr, Carla AbouZahr,, Beaglehole, Robert, Bonita, Ruth, Percival, Teuila, Swinburn, Boyd, Bell, Colin, Benson, Amanda, Durand, A. Mark, Hoy, Damian, Neal, Bruce, Roberts, Graham and Waqanivalu, Temo (2013). Strengthening health information systems for preventing and controlling non-communicable diseases in the Pacific Region. Working Paper Series. 33. School of Population Health, University of Queensland.

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision