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Padam Simkhada is Professor of Global Health and Associate Dean International at the School of Human and Health Sciences. Padam is interested in different aspects of global health particularly in public health problems in developing countries. He has keen interest on internationalization of higher education. His current research are on health system research, maternal health, reproductive and sexual health including HIV/AIDS and migration. He has methodological expertise particularly in systematic review, evidence synthesis and mixed methods. He has published a wide range of peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters related to his research field. He has published over 150 research articles in international peer-reviewed journals. He has supervised many PhD students. Currently 9 PhD students are working with him under his supervision. He is internationally known in public health field. He has received many prestigious awards of public health field such as Global Health Award 2013. He has experience of working many countries.

Prof Simkhada has completed M.Sc. in Public Health and Health Promotion from Brunel University and PhD from Southampton University, UK. Before he moved Huddersfield University, he was Professor of International Health at Liverpool John Moores University (2014-2019), Senior Lecturer in International Health at Sheffield University (2010-2014) and Programme Co-ordinator and Lecturer in International Health at the University of Aberdeen (2002-2010).  Previously, he worked for Save the Children (UK) and Ministry of Health in Nepal.

Padam is a Visiting Professor in Nepal, Visiting Professor in Bournemouth University and Liverpool John Moores University and Adjunct Faculty at Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences Nagpur, India.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Health System Research in LMICs particularly in Nepal
  • Health promotion in developing countries
  • Health and Wellbeing of migrant workers and impact of migration on left behind families
  • Sexual behaviour, sexual and reproductive health including HIV/AIDS
  • Systematic Review, Evidence synthesis and evidence-based policy

Research Degree Supervision

1. Exploring the challenges and opportunities towards the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in a federalized governance structure in Nepal.

2. Effects of Migration on left-behind family in South Asia.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Global Health
  • Health System Research
  • Migration and Health
  • Covid-19
  • Reproductive and Sexual Health
  • Sex Trafficking
  • Systematic Reviews
  • Evidence based practice
  • Internationalization of Higher Education
  • Maternal Health
  • Mental Health
  • Nepal
  • India
  • Bangladesh
  • Nigeria
  • Public Health
  • Health Promotion
  • Community based intervientions
  • HIV and AIDS

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Research Output

Association between wasting and food insecurity among children under five years: findings from Nepal demographic health survey 2016

Nepali, S., Simkhada, P. & Davies, I. G., 29 Jun 2020, In : BMC Public Health. 20, 1, 7 p., 1027.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • COVID-19 Pandemic: Public Health Implications in Nepal

    Asim, M., Sathian, B., van Teijlingen, E., Mekkodathil, A., Subramanya, S. H. & Simkhada, P., 30 Mar 2020, In : Nepal Journal of Epidemiology. 10, 1, p. 817-820 4 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

    Open Access
  • Evaluation of a health promotion intervention associated with birthing centres in rural Nepal

    Mahato, P., Van Teijlingen, E., Simkhada, P., Angell, C. & Hundley, V., 22 May 2020, In : PLoS One. 15, 5, 14 p., e0233607.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • The Availability of Emergency Obstetric Care in Birthing Centres in Rural Nepal: A Cross‑sectional Survey

    Banstola, A., Simkhada, P., van Teijlingen, E., Bhatta, S., Lama, S., Adhikari, A. & Banstola, A., 1 Jun 2020, In : Maternal and Child Health Journal. 24, 6, p. 806–816 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle