John Cairns MA MPhil

Professor of Health Economics


John Cairns graduated MA(Hons) in Economic Science from the University of Aberdeen. After a year of graduate study at the University of York he spent two years as a research fellow in the Institute for Social and Economic Research. This was followed by a return to the University of Aberdeen where he spent eleven years as a lecturer in the Department of Economics. In 1989 he took up a post as senior research fellow in the Health Economics Research Unit and was appointed director in 1993. He was awarded a personal chair in 2002. He took up his current post in May 2004. He has been a member of the NICE technology appraisal committee since 2003. 




In 2016-17 lecturer on MSc Public Health modules Economic Evaluation and Economic Analysis for Health Policy. Lecturer on the certificate in Pharmacoepidemiology. Seminar leader for Economic Analysis for Health Policy. Deputy module co-ordinator on the distance learning module Economic Evaluation.

Research areas

  • Economic evaluation
  • Health technology assessment


  • Economics
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