Professor Puska has, internationally and domestically, been involved in a number of scientific, expert and public health functions, WHO’s work, multinational projects etc. He has over 500 scientific publications. Professor Puska has served as a Member of the National Parliament of Finland. In his current position as Director General of THL Professor Puska has a central position in Finnish public health work and in health & social policy issues. He is also the Chancellor of the University of Turku.
Internationally, Professor Puska is the immediate Past-President of World Heart Federation and the Vice-President of the International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI) and also the Chair of the Governing Council of the WHO International Agency for Cancer Research (IARC).
Professor Puska has M.D and M.Pol.Sc. degrees and PhD in epidemiology and public health. Among several honours are Honorary Doctorate at St. Andrew’s University (Scotland) and Academician of Russian Academy of Natural Sciences. He has received, among other things, WHO’s annual Health Education Award in 1990, WHO Tobacco Free World Award in 1999, the Nordic Award for Public Health in 2005, and the Rank Prize in 2008.