Pekka Jousilahti

Official title: Research Professor
Tel. +358 40 512 4353
E-mail: [email protected]


  • Health promotion and disease prevention
  • Epidemiological and medical research 
  • Health care managament
  • International health

Primary duties

  • Expert work: health promotion and non-communicable disease prevention
  • Research: non-communicable disease epidemiology and prevention (including cardiovascular diseases, cancer, type 2 diabetes, chronic respiratory diseases)
  • Monitoring of disease burden in Finland
  • International collaboration


  • 2002, Specialist in Health Care, University of Helsinki
  • 2002, Special Competence in Health Care Administration, University of Helsinki
  • 2001, Docent in Public Health, University of Helsinki
  • 1999, Special Competence in International Health Care, Finnish Medical Association
  • 1998, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Kuopio
  • 1990, Master of Health Care, University of Kuopio
  • 1987, Specialist in General Practice, National Health Board
  • 1979, Licentiate of Medicine (MD), University of Kuopio

Professional background

  • 2006–, Research Professor, THL
  • 2011–2012, Key NCD Expert, MCA-Mongolia Health Project, Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) (ten months), Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  • 2006–2010, Secretary General, International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI), Helsinki, Finland (part time)
  • 2003–2005, Professor of Epidemiology (act.), University of Helsinki
  • 2002–2003, Professor of Epidemiology (act.), University of Tampere
  • 2000–2001, Chief Physician, National Public Health Institute
  • 1999–2000, Senior Medical Adviser, Provincial State Office of Southern Finland
  • 1989–1990 and 1996–1999, Senior Researcher, National Public Health Institute
  • 1993–1995, Research Associate, Academy of Finland
  • 1990–1991, Scientific Secretary, XIV World Conference on Health Education, Helsinki, The Finnish Center for Health Education
  • 1987–1989, Associate Professional Officer, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, World Health Organization (WHO)
  • 1981–1984 and 1986–1987, Assistant/Department Physician in Hospital, Central Finland General Hospital, Jyväskylä, (pulmonology and allergology, oto-rhino-laryngology, pediatrics and psychiatry), Aurora Hospital, Helsinki, (medicine and pediatrics)
  • 1986, Junior Medical Officer, Pulau Bidong refugee camp, Malaysia, Red Cross
  • 1978–1981 and 1984–1986, General Practitioner in Health Centre, Kotka, Enköping/Sweden, Helsinki
  • 1977–1978, Assistant, Department of clinical microbiology (part time), University of Kuopio

Language skills

  • Finnish (native)
  • English (excellent)
  • Swedish (Good)

Professional memberships

  • 2016–, Nordic dimension public health and social welfare (NDPHS) non-communicable disease expert group
  • 2015–, Finnish Cancer Registry steering board
  • 2013–, Global Alliance against Chronic Respiratory Diseases (WHO/GARD)

Publications and research

Over 400 scientific publications in peer reviewed international journals and about 150 other publications.

Pekka Jousilahti's publications (PubMed)

International activities

  • 2019, Senior Expert, Support for Ukrainian Public Health Institute development, EU/THL (two weeks, remote working)
  • 2017, Public Health Expert, NCD prevention and control, IOM/THL (two weeks), Hargeisa, Somaliland
  • 2015, Short Term Expert, Development of Essential Public Health Assessment, Guidelines and Tool for WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region, World Health Organization/EMRO (four weeks) Cairo, Egypt
  • 2015, Short Term Expert, Revision of Latvian Health Promotion Plan, World Bank (four weeks) Riga, Latvia
  • 2014, Short Term Expert, Tobacco Control Policy in Serbia, European Union Belgrade, Serbia (Twinning project) (six weeks)
  • 2013–2014, Short Term Expert, NCD Prevention and Control, World Health Organization Phnom Penh, Cambodia (six months)
  • 2010–2013, Key NCD Expert, MCA-Mongolia Health Project, Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) (ten months), Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  • 2002, Planning of non-communicable disease risk factor survey, World Bank/Helsinki Consulting Group, Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina (three weeks)
  • 2002, Planning of non-communicable disease prevention program, World Health Organization/WPRO (one month) Manila, Philippines
  • 2001, Supervision of non-communicable disease risk factor survey, World Health Organization/EMRO (one week) Muscat, Oman
  • 2000, Planning of non-communicable disease prevention program, World Health Organization/WPRO (three months; including field visits in China, Philippines, Tonga and The Federal States of Micronesia) Manila, Philippines
  • 1999, Planning of non-communicable disease risk factor survey (one week), World Health Organization/EMRO, Muscat, Oman
  • 1998, Latvia Health Project planning meeting (three days), Stakes/HEDEC/World Bank
  • 1997, Appraisal of cardiovascular disease prevention program plan for Latvia (four weeks) Helsinki University Knowledge Services/Ministry for Foreign Affairs
  • 1990, Immunization and diarrhoeal disease survey, Egypt (four weeks), World Health Organization (WHO)