Paul Campbell

Lecturer on Global Health

Department of Global Health and Population

Department of Health Policy and Management

665 Huntington Avenue
Building I Room 1206
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
Phone: 617.432.0681

Other Affiliations

Deputy Director, HSPH/GHP International Health Systems Program

Faculty Lead, MPH Program in Global Health


Dr. Paul Campbell has focused his professional work on the development of public health and health care systems in this country and abroad.   He has worked in many countries and regions of the world, including India, China, Poland, Zimbabwe, Morocco, the Eastern Caribbean and South Africa. In Eastern Europe, he led a HSPH faculty team from 1995 to 1999 providing technical assistance to Polish national and local health leaders as they guided their nation through large-scale social, political and economic change.  More recently he successfully developed a four-year leadership and management development project for the government of Post-Apartheid South Africa.  His research, technical assistance and training efforts overseas have been funded by unilateral government sponsors including the U.S. Agency for International Development, multilateral institutions like the World Bank, and private donors such as the Ford Foundation, the Hinduja Foundation (India) and Atlantic Philanthropies (South Africa).

Dr. Campbell’s work in this country has centered on primary care, primarily “safety net” organizations serving the poor.  He and colleague Dr. Robert Hoch have developed and run educational programs for community health center (CHC) leaders, primarily medical directors, for over 25 years.  He has also completed applied research projects and provided consultation for the Bureau of Primary Care in the federal Department of Health and Human Services as well as many individual provider organizations.  Drs Campbell and Hoch have extended the scope of their training for CHC leaders; it is now a four-level national program for CHC teams as well as individuals.  The health centers themselves have expanded rapidly throughout the U.S. due to support provided by the Accountable Care Act (“ObamaCare”) so that by the start of 2014 they were providing care for over 23 million largely low income and minority Americans.

At Harvard, in addition to his two faculty appointments Dr. Campbell serves as Deputy Director of the HSPH International Health Systems Program (IHSP), where he is responsible for education and training efforts.  He is also the faculty lead for the HSPH Master’s Program in Global Health.  He served for many years (until 2010) as a Co-Investigator of the Harvard SPH Center for Public Health Preparedness, a unit spawned by the tragedies of 9/11.  His responsibility on that grant was to lead the Center’s efforts in rural regions, in particular in Maine where he also served for five and a half years (until 2005) as President of the Maine Center for Public Health (MCPH).  During his tenure the MCPH addressed a variety of threats from bioterrorism to childhood obesity to chronic disease.  He also, for many years, represented the HSPH on a HRSA-funded project combining New England schools of public health and state governments to expand training for practicing professionals throughout the region.


D.Sc., 1987, Harvard School of Public Health