- Dr Sarah Hill
- Senior Lecturer, Global Health Policy Unit
- 2.07 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
- +44 (0)131 650 3884
- Research Interests
- Health inequalities and the social determinants of health, tobacco and health, structural drivers of health inequities including historical and institutional discrimination, role of commercial actors in non-communicable disease epidemics
Sarah's research interests include health inequalities and the social determinants of health; the impacts on health and health policy of tobacco and other unhealthy commodity producers; and global health. She is particularly interested in the structural drivers of health inequities including historical and institutional discrimination and the role of commercial actors in non-communicable disease epidemics.
Teaching and Supervision
Sarah is currently on research leave. She normally leads the specialist semester 2 course in Social Determinants of Health and Public Policy (which is convened by Dr Kat Smith in 2018) and is programme organiser for the intercalated Bachelor of Medical Sciences with Honours in Global Health Policy (for which Dr Kat Smith and Dr Sudeepa Abeysinghe are acting programme organisers in 2018).
Sarah joined the University of Edinburgh in 2009 having previously worked in public health, medicine and research in New Zealand, the USA, New Zealand, West Africa and Glasgow.
MBChB, MPH, PhD (University of Otago)
FAFPHM (New Zealand)
- Collin J, Hill SE, Eltanani MK, Plotnikova E, Ralston R, Smith KE (2017). Can public health reconcile profits and pandemics? An analysis of attitudes to commercial sector engagement in health policy and research. PloS One 12(9): e0182612.
- Smith K, Hill S, Bambra C (Eds) (2016). Health Inequalities: Critical Perspectives. Oxford: Oxford University Press
- Collin J, Hill S (2016). Industrial epidemics and inequalities: The commercial sector as a structural driver of inequalities in non-communicable diseases. In Smith K, Hill S, Bambra C (Eds). Health Inequalities: Critical Perspectives. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Hill S (2016). Axes of health inequalities and intersectionality. In Smith K, Hill S, Bambra C (Eds). Health Inequalities: Critical Perspectives. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Leppold C, Tsubokura M, Ozaki A, Nomura S, Shimada Y, Morita T, Ochi S, Tanimoto T, Kami M, Kanazawa Y, Oikawa T, Hill S (2016). Sociodemographic patterning of long-term diabetes mellitus control following Japan's 3.11 triple disaster: a retrospective cohort study. BMJ Open 6:e011455 doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-011455
- Shortt NK, Tisch C, Pearce J, Mitchell R, Richardson EA, Hill S, Collin J (2015). A cross-sectional analysis of the relationship between tobacco and alcohol outlet density and neighbourhood deprivation. BMC Public Health 15: 1014 doi:10.1186/s12889-015-2321-1
- Richardson EA, Hill SE, Mitchell R, Pearce J, Shortt NK (2015). Is local alcohol outlet density related to alcohol-related morbidity and mortality in Scottish cities? Health & Place 33, 172-180.
- Collin J, Hill SE, Smith KE (2015). Merging alcohol giants threaten global health. BMJ 351: h6087 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h6087
- Hogg S, Hill S, Collin J (2015). State-ownership of tobacco industry: a “fundamental conflict of interest” or a “tremendous opportunity” for tobacco control? Tobacco Control online first, doi:10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2014-052114.
- Kapilashrami A, Hill S, Meer N (2015). What can health inequalities researchers learn from an intersectionality perspective? Understanding social dynamics with an inter-categorical approach. Social Theory & Health 13 (Special Issue): 288–307.
- Clifford D, Hill S, Collin J (2014). Seeking out ‘easy targets’? Tobacco companies, health inequalities and public policy. Tobacco Control 23(6): 479-483.
- Hill S, Amos A, Clifford D, Platt S (2014). Impact of tobacco control interventions on socioeconomic inequalities in smoking: review of the evidence. Tobacco Control 23(e2): e89-e97.
- Collin J, Johnson E, Hill S. (2014). Government support for alcohol industry: promoting exports, jeopardising global health? British Medical Journal 348: g3648 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g3648
- Plotnikova E, Hill SE, Collin J (2014). The 'diverse, dynamic new world of global tobacco control'. An analysis of participation in the Conference of the Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, Tobacco Control 23(2): 126-132.
- Collin J, Hill S. (2013). Corporate involvement in public health policy is being obscured. BMJ 346:f3429.
- Clifford D, Hill S, Collin J (2013). Seeking out ‘easy targets’? Tobacco companies, health inequalities and public policy. Tobacco Control doi:10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2013-051050
- Hill SE, Sarfati D, Robson B, Blakely (2013), 'Indigenous inequalities in cancer - what role for health care?', Australian & New Zealand Journal of Surgery, 83(1): 36-41.
- Plotnikova E, Hill SE, Collin J (2012), 'The 'diverse, dynamic new world of global tobacco control'. An analysis of participation in the Conference of the Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control', Tobacco Control, doi:10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2012-050849.
- Hill SE, Sarfati D, Blakely T, Robson B, Purdie G, Dennett E, Cormack D, Dew K, Ayanian JZ, Kawachi I.(2010), 'Ethnicity and Management of Colon Cancer in New Zealand: Do Indigenous Patients Get a Worse Deal?', Cancer, 116(13): 3205-3214, doi:10.1002/cncr.25127.
- Hill SE, Sarfati D, Blakely T, Robson B, Purdie G, Chen J, Dennett E, Cormack D, Dew K, McCreanor T, Kawachi I. (2010), 'Survival disparities in Indigenous and non-Indigenous New Zealanders with colon cancer: the role of patient comorbidity, treatment and health service factors', Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 64(2): 117-123, doi:10.1136/jech.2008.083816.
- Howie SRC, Hill SE, Ebonyi A, Krishnan G, Njie O, Sanneh M, Jallow M, Stevens W, Taylor K, Weber MW, Collier Njai P,Tapgun M, Corrah T, Mulholland K, Peel D, Njie M, Hill PC, Adegbola RA (2009), 'Meeting oxygen needs in Africa: an options analysis from the Gambia', Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 87: 763-771.
- Hill SE, Njie O, Sanneh M, Jallow M, Peel D, Njie M, Weber M, Hill PC, Adegbola RA, Howie SR (2009), 'Oxygen for severe pneumonia in The Gambia, West Africa: a situational analysis', International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, 13(5): 587-93.
- Cunningham R, Sarfati D, Hill SE, Dennett E, O'Donnell A (2009), 'Colon cancer management in New Zealand: 1996-2003', New Zealand Medical Journal, 122(1294): 51-60.
- Sarfati D, Hill SE, Blakely T, Robson B, Purdie G, Dennett E, Cormack D, Dew K (2009), 'The effect of comorbidity on the use of adjuvant chemotherapy and survival from colon cancer: a retrospective cohort study'. BMC Cancer, 9: 116, doi:10.1186/1471-2407-9-116.
- Hill SE (2008), 'Socioeconomic inequalities in health'. In Dew K, Matheson A (eds) Understanding Health Inequalities in Aotearoa New Zealand, Dunedin: Otago University Press, chapter 3.
- Cunningham R, Sarfati D, Hill SE, Kenwright D (2008), 'An Audit of colon cancer data on the New Zealand Cancer Registry', New Zealand Medical Journal, 121(1279): 46-56
- Howie SR, Hill SE, Peel D, Sanneh M, Njie M, Hill PC, Mulholland K, Adegbola RA (2008), 'Beyond good intentions: lessons on equipment donation from an African hospital', Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 86(1): 52-6.
- Hill SE, Blakely T, Kawachi I, Woodward A (2007), 'Mortality among lifelong nonsmokers exposed to secondhand smoke at home: cohort data and sensitivity analyses', American Journal of Epidemiology, 165(5): 530-40.
- Hill SE, Blakely TA, Fawcett JM, Howden-Chapman P (2005), 'Could mainstream antismoking programmes increase inequalities in tobacco use? New Zealand data from 1981-1996'. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 29: 279-84.
- Shaw C, Blakely T, Sarfati D, Fawcett J, Hill SE, 'Varying evolution of the New Zealand lung cancer epidemic by ethnicity and socio-economic position (1981-1999)', New Zealand Medical Journal, 118(1213): 1-14.
- Hill PC, Stevens W, Hill SE, Bah J, Donkor SA, Jallow A, Leinhardt C (2005), 'Risk factors for defaulting from tuberculosis treatment: a prospective cohort study of 301 cases in The Gambia', International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, 9(12): 1349-54.
- Hill SE, Blakely TA, Kawachi I, Woodward A (2004), 'Mortality among "never smokers" living with smokers: two cohort studies, 1981-4 and 1996-9', British Medical Journal, 328: 988-9.
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