Professor Hunter qualified in medicine and specialised in Medical Microbiology and Communicable Disease Control. After working for the UK Public Health Laboratory Service, he was appointed Professor of Health Protection in the Norwich Medical School in 2001. His primary interests are in the emerging infectious diseases especially those transmitted through food, water or the environment. As well as work in the UK, he has also conducted research in many other countries and has worked with international agencies and NGOs.
Professor Hunter has been a member various national and international expert working groups, including WHO, OECD, ECDC and US EPA. Most recently he has been heavily involved in working with the WHO group producing guidance on Water and Sanitation Issues around the Ebola epidemic and a member of the WHO group on antimicrobial resistance and the environment. He also currently leads the Research and Evidence Team of the WHO/UNICEF global action plan on WASH in health care facilities.
Professor Hunter has written or edited 6 books, 31 chapters in books and over 250 articles in the peer-reviewed literature.