PROF Benjamin Cowie

PROF Benjamin Cowie


  • Epidemiology (viral hepatitis)
  • Infectious Diseases (viral hepatitis)
  • Public Health (viral hepatitis)
  • Viral hepatitis (hepatitis B virus)



  • Professor Benjamin Cowie is an infectious diseases physician and epidemiologist, holding appointments with the Victorian Infectious Diseases Service, Royal Melbourne Hospital, and the Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity. In addition, Ben is a medical epidemiologist with Communicable Disease Epidemiology and Surveillance, Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, and is a Professorial Fellow in the Department of Medicine at the University of Melbourne. He serves on a range of communicable disease, clinical and public health committees at state, national and international levels.

    Since completing his PhD studies, Ben has built a broad research agenda in the epidemiology and control of communicable diseases, with a focus on viral hepatitis. He has supervised a number of Masters and PhD students in this area and has been awarded several grants for both public health research and innovative program development in relation to viral hepatitis. Ben has been involved in the development of healthy public policy in relation to viral hepatitis in Australia and internationally, and in 2015 was named the inaugural Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Viral Hepatitis at the Doherty Institute.   


Member of

  • Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver. Member 2010 -
  • European Association for the Study of the Liver. Corresponding Member 2010 -
  • Public Health Association of Australia. Member 2009 -
  • The John Snow Society. Life Member 2006 -
  • Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases. Member 2005 -
  • Australasian Society for HIV Medicine. Member, and Director 2003 -


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • HEP-LOGIC - A partnership approach to preventing liver cancer: tackling viral hepatitis in primary care

    Surveillance for Hepatitis B Indicators - Blood-borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections surveillance and research program

    National Viral Hepatitis Mapping Project

    Liver cancer prevention - linking viral hepatitis diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes

    Improving equity of hepatitis B treatment access and outcomes by informing spatial targeting of resources

    Victorian Enhanced Viral Hepatitis Surveillance Project   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2010
  • GradDipClinEpi, Monash University 2005
  • MBBS, Monash University 1996

Awards and honors

  • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, 2004



Available for supervision

  • Y