Rob Frank Griffiths, MA

Affiliate Associate Professor, Env. and Occ. Health Sciences (Primary department)
Affiliate Associate Professor, Env. and Occ. Health Sciences

Rob Griffiths trained in Bristol UK, where he graduated with Honors and the Gold Medal in 1978. After serving in the RAF, he became Chief Medical Officer at the New Zealand Ministry of Transport, where he established the occupational and aviation medicine program in 1987. He is dual Board certified in New Zealand in Occupational Medicine and Public Health Medicine, and holds a Master degree in Public Policy. His passion is distance education and heads a department which provides international distance learning worldwide in aerospace medicine, general occupational medicine, and aeromedical retrieval and transport. Rob is also the Foundations Program Director for the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) and developing an online program initiative. He is working in the School of Public Health as an affiliate professor as part of a collaboration between Otago University and the University of Washington to establish distance education and on-line Continuing Medical Education in the US. He also runs and online Continuing Medical Education program for the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.

Rob is also involved with the Rehabilitation Teaching and Research Unit teaching REHB706 - Work Rehabilitation.

Contact Information

University of Otago
Box: 7343
23A Mein Street
Newtown, Wellington, New Zealand -

Research Interests

  • Shift work

    Return to work

    Distance education

    Culture and participation in distance learning

    Aerospace medicine

    Airline cabin safety

    Cabin crew health

    Transport accident investigation

Teaching interests

Distance education


MA, Public Policy, Victoria University, 1994


Completion of drafting 3 CME Modules for online occupational medicine CME program

Project management of CME software development

Member, American College of Occupational Medicine, Council for Education and Academic Affairs

Coordinator for grant application LNI Safety &B Health Investment Project (SHIP) Award - Return to Work, in collaboration with the Washington State Building Trades Council.

Presentation to the NorthWest Association for Occupational & Environmental Medicine at their 2012 Annual Scientific Meeting

Completion of Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Otago, New Zealand and the University of Washington.

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