About the College

The College of Public Health, Medical & Veterinary Sciences (CPHMVS) promotes, fosters, supports and administers quality teaching, research and research translation across the disciplinary areas of biomedicine, public health, tropical medicine and veterinary science.

The College has key external advisory groups for each of its disciplines, whose members provide advice on the key requirements for working in these industries now, future directions for graduates and emerging themes for curriculum and research.  The CPHMVS academic and professional staff are office holders and advisors on several key industry, state and national government committees, international organisations and editorial committees providing evidence based advice to support understanding the needs of, developing new and improved approaches to and delivering services for the health and well being of humans and animals globally, especially in under served, rural and remote settings.

Our subjects range for bench to bedside and health services and systems, farm to fork and animal services and conservation, genome to animals (production, companion, wildlife; terrestrial and aquatic) and humans to policies and systems.  Work integrated learning and placements in local, state, national and international settings are available to our students to ensure both work readiness as well as real life experience.

The College has a dynamic Higher degree Research community, led by national and global leaders in their research fields, and with access to international class field, laboratory and other research facilities.  This world class research is built into the subjects taught through a range of courses to ensure that the basics and well as innovation and emerging fields are covered in the education programs we support.

The College hosts the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre on Vector Borne and Neglected Tropical Diseases. The Centre supports WHO capacity building priorities (including clinical, public health and social sciences) for effective control of vector-borne diseases (VBD) and neglected tropical diseases (NTD); the scale up and evaluation of WHO recommended vector control methods and other NTD control and elimination strategies; the development of innovative and sustainable NTD surveillance strategies and participate in collaborative operational research on  early detection, prevention and management of chronic morbidities and effective tools for vector control.

The College also is in a partnership with CSIRO in the Science Leader program in Emerging Infectious diseases launched in 2019.


Acting Dean - Dr David Simcock

The office of the Dean can be contacted through the team email deancphmvs@jcu.edu.au.


Learning and Teaching
Acting - Dr Nathan Dawes

The Associate Dean, Learning & Teaching is responsible for the development and promotion of a learning and teaching culture committed to excellence and innovation and a positive student experience across the College.


A/Prof Ulf Schmitz

The Associate Dean of Research is responsible for the strategic and regulatory leadership of research in the College.

Dr Zhanming Liang

Research Education
A/Prof Zhanming Liang

The Associate Dean Research Education (ADRE) is responsible for the regulatory leadership of research education in the College.

In conjunction with the College Dean, Associate Deans and the Manager College Operations, the Academic Head plays a key role within the College to provide academic leadership, direction and management of the College’s learning and teaching, research, research education and engagement activities, and to contribute to strategic planning and the achievement of priorities established in consultation with the College Dean within their disciplines.

Prof Sue Devine

Public Health and Tropical Medicine
A/Prof Sue Devine


Biomedical Sciences and Molecular Biology
Acting - Dr David Simcock

Dr Margaret Reilly

Veterinary Sciences
Professor Margaret Reilly