Julian Fisher


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E-Mail:        julian.fisher@zerowaterday.org

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Research areas

  • Health in all policies and intersectoral action  
  • Environmental and social determinants of health
  • Health security and capacity development
  • Education for Sustainable Development



1985:   Bachelor of Dental Surgery BDS, Birmingham University, United Kingdom

2002:   Master of Science MSc (Oral Medicine), Stellenbosch University, South Africa

2003:   Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Public Health, Charité University, Germany

2006:   Master of International Health MIH, Charité University, Germany

2018:   World Health Organization Health in All Policies Trainer

2019:   United Nations CC:Learn / UNITAR / EduCCate Global climate change teacher

2020:   United Nations Systems Staff College certificate for policy coherence for sustainable development



Julian Fisher is a policy advisor and educator with focused expertise in social and environmental determinants of health, health in all policies and intersectoral action, health security and capacity development.

His research focuses on translating science for better health emergency preparedness and strengthening evidence-based decision-making to generate and provide community-driven solutions to address systems and sector wide challenges.

He is Director of German based non-governmental organization Zero Water Day Partnership (ZWDP). ZWDP is a member of the UN Mountain Partnership where Julian is a member of Mountain Partnership Secretariat Scientific Committee. ZWDP is a co-sponsor of the Children’s Call to Action to protect mountain areas from the impact of climate change launched at COP 26 Climate Conference in 2021, and cooperation partner with the International Federation of Mountain Guide Associations. ZWDP was accredited to host an official virtual side event at UN Water Conference 2023 and published a report of the meeting.

Julian is also Director of Oral and Planetary Health and Adjunct Faculty at the Center for Integrative Global Oral Health University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in a part-time capacity. He holds adjunct teaching positions; Research Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine (SUNY Upstate Medical University, New York, USA), and Research Assistant Professor, School of Health Sciences and Public Health (University of Georgia, Tbilisi, Georgia).

Julian’s work experience covers a diverse range of professional domains including international public health policy and advocacy (consultancies for UN agencies including WHO, UNESCO & UNEP), health profession (federation) management, health workforce undergraduate and post graduate education, both classroom and web based. He also works closely with the UN Mountain Partnership on policy and advocacy, and capacity building projects.

His work has been based in geographical locations, including Europe, Africa (Tanzania, South Africa), Saudi Arabia, Falkland Islands and Antarctica within various sectors and organizations. 



Integrating the social determinants of health into health workforce education and training. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2023. Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO

Fisher J, Kalin RM , Krebs J , Buijs G, Roy A, Wille C, Buse K. Zero Water Day: seizing the opportunity from a public health perspective. November 30, 2022. Public Health Forum https://doi.org/10.1515/pubhef-2022-0081

Fisher J, Couper I, Middleton L. The production and development of a health workforce in support of UHC. Strengthening the collection, analysis and use of health workforce data and information: a handbook. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2022. Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO.

Hogenbirk J, Woolley T, Ross S, Moody-Corbett P, Larkins S, Cristobal F, Siega-Sur, Guingona J, Fisher J, Johnston K, Björg Pálsdóttir B .Where do graduates go? Developing a graduate tracking system: the 53 experience of THEnet. Strengthening the collection, analysis and use of health workforce data and information: a handbook. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2022. Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO.

Fisher, J., R. Berman, K. Buse, B. Doll. M. Glick, J. Metzl, and R. Touger-Decker. 2023. Achieving Oral Health for All through Public Health Approaches, Interprofessional, and Transdisciplinary Education. NAM Perspectives. Discussion Paper, National Academy of Medicine, Washington, DC. https://doi.org/10.31478/202302b

Nicole Valentine, Onyema Ajuebor, Julian Fisher, Patrick Bodenmann, Fran Baum, Kumanan Rasanathan, Planetary health benefits from strengthening health workforce education on the social determinants of health, Health Promotion International, Volume 37, Issue 3, June 2022, daac086, https://doi.org/10.1093/heapro/daac086

Fisher J, Cuff P, Couper I, von Pressentin K, Strasser S, Green-Thompson L et al. (2022). The social determinants of lifelong learning. In: Scrimshaw SC, Lane SD, Rubinstein RA, Fisher J, editors. The SAGE handbook of social studies in health and medicine. London: Sage.