Dr John Imrie is the Director of Health Programmes at Wits RHI. He holds an MA in South African Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, a Postgraduate Diploma and MSc in Health Promotion and Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and a PhD in HIV Prevention from the University College London. He is a senior programme implementation specialist and public health researcher with nearly 30 years of international experience working in Canada, the UK, South Africa, Australia and the South Pacific. His research interests are across the broad fields of sexual health, HIV and health promotion science.
Dr Imrie is recognised internationally for his research in HIV prevention, sexual health, health promotion and sexual health service development, specifically with vulnerable populations, including men-who-have-sex-with-men (MSM), adolescent girls and young women, in-school and out-of-school youth, men, sex workers and transgender persons. He is the principal investigator on Wits RHI’s PEPFAR-funded Operation Gophelega – a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) District Support Partnership award that supports two metropolitan municipalities in Gauteng, South Africa: Tshwane and Ekurhuleni.