PROF Jodie McVernon

PROF Jodie McVernon


  • Epidemiology (Mathematical Modelling, Vaccine Preventable Disease)



  • Jodie McVernon is a Monash University Medical Graduate with subspecialty training in Paediatrics, Public Health and Vaccinology. She has extensive expertise in clinical vaccine trials, epidemiologic studies and mathematical modelling of infectious diseases, gained at the University of Oxford, Health Protection Agency London and University of Melbourne. She is Professor and Director of Doherty Epidemiology at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, and heads the Modelling and Simulation Group within the Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. Her research group uses mathematical and computational models to synthesise insights gained from basic biology, epidemiological data and sociological research. These models advance understanding of the observed epidemiology of influenza and other infections in populations and inform predictions of the likely success of interventions to limit transmission and disease.   


Member of

  • World Health Organisation Pandemic Special Studies Group. Member 2019 -
  • Global Research Collaboration for Infectious Disease Preparedness (GLOPID-R). Scientific Advisory Board 2017 -
  • Chair, Scientific Advisory Committee, National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance of Vaccine Preventable Diseases. Committee Member 2011 -
  • Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation. Committee Member 2012 - 2020
  • Scientific Committee, Influenza Specialist Group. Committee Member 2011 - 2014


Selected publications


Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

    Career Development Fellowship (Level 2) • McVernon J. Ensuring local capability in complex systems methodology to inform infectious disease policy (2014-17) NHMRC – Project Grants • McVernon J, Nolan T, McCaw J, Kedzierska K. Understanding the likely population impact of new and improved influenza vaccines. Funding: $346,299, Jan 2011-Dec 2013. ARC - Discovery Projects • McVernon J, Korb K, Glass K, McCaw J, McBryde E. Development of an ‘ageing household’ model for assessing medium to long-term vaccine impact in populations. Funding: $364,771, Jul 2011-Jun 2014. ARC - Linkage Projects • McVernon J, Pattison P, Nolan T, Bentley R, Warr D, Mouat C, McCaw J. Networks, neighbourhoods and newborns: defining household and local area influences on social connectedness, to understand pathways to health. Funding: $265,000. February 2012-February 2015. Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN) – Call for Demonstrator Projects for Incorporation into the AURIN e-Infrastructure • McVernon J, Robins G, McCaw J, Rolls D, Geard N. Characterising networks in geographical and social ‘space’ – integrating tools for network analysis. Funding: $138,201, 2012-13. 

    Melbourne School of Government Incubator Grants McVernon J, Geard N, McCaw J, Duckham M, Bleisch S, Martin-Sanchez MJ, Lopez-Campos G, Ross J, Firman J. A user centered design approach to communicating complexity and uncertainty for the formation of infectious diseases health policy. Funding: $19,000, 2013. Carlton Connect Initiatives Fund McVernon J, Badland H, Bekessy S, Cubis J, Day J, Geard N, Mavoa S, McCaw J, Mouat C, Prawer S, Robins G, Rolls D, Sturup S, Tomko M, Warr D, Winter S, Moodie R. Building an evidence base to support planning for socially connected, equitable communit   


Education and training

  • Vaccinologist, Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board 2008
  • PhD, The Open University 2004
  • MBBS (Hons), Monash University 1994
  • BMedSc, Monash University 1994

Awards and honors

  • Fellow of the Australian Faculty of Public Health Medicine, 2009



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I presently supervise both PhD and Masters students undertaking projects in infectious diseases modelling, epidemiology, and the interface between animal and human health