Walter Ricciardi is a professor of hygiene and public health at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Rome, where he is also director of the Department of Public Health and deputy head of the Faculty of Medicine. Before that, Prof Ricciardi was president of the Italian Institute of Health, the country’s top health research organization.

As one of Europe’s most renowned epidemiologists, Prof Ricciardi holds several advisory roles within EU and global decision makers. Prof Ricciardi is president of the Mission Board for Cancer of the European Commission, president elect of the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA), Italian representative in the Executive Board of the World Health Organization and scientific advisor to the Italian Minister of Health for the coronavirus pandemic. 

In addition to contributing to over 300 academic papers, primarily in the fields of Epidemiology, Health Services Research and Public Health Genomics, he is also Editor of the European Journal of Public Health, of the Oxford Handbook of Public Health Practice, and Founding Editor of the Italian Journal of Public Health.

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