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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

 Current PhD students

  • Pasang Devi Tamang- Quality of healthcare in federal structure of Nepal
  • Manisha Singh- Exploring maternal depression and its association with malnutrition in children under 5: A case control study
  • Bindu Sapkota- Experience of domestic violence among Nepalese women in UK
  • Anju Vaidya- Federalization and health system research in Nepal
  • Sapana Bista Basnet- Experience of disable people during earthquake in Nepal
  • Bhakta Gurung- Health and Social Care for Ex-GURKHAS in England
  • Laxmi Bhatta Timalsina- Health and social needs of older people in Nepal
  • Khadka Katawal- Road Traffic Injuries (RTIs) in Nepal
  • Setaruzzaman Shahin- Women empowerment and its impacts on health in Bangladesh
  • Surendra Basnet: Impacts of remittances on livelihood and healthcare utilization in Nepal

Students who completed PhD

  • Sumitra Singh- Health status and health needs of orphaned children of Nepal
  • Om Kurmi- Indoor air quality (IAQ) study and health in rural and urban Nepal
  • Pramod Regmi- Sexual health behaviour and sexual culture among young people in Nepal
  • Saradha P Wasti- Adherence to Anti- Retroviral Treatment in Nepal
  • Sejlo Koshoedo- Physical activity among BME young people in Scotland, UK
  • Dilip Upreti- Nutrition status among people living with HIV and AIDS in Nepal
  • AK Narayan Paudel- HIV Treatment and its impact on household in Nepal
  • Yagya Murti Bhurtyal- Impacts of migration on left behind in Nepal
  • Sheetal Sharma- Evaluation of comprehensive health promotion project in Nepal
  • Jiban Karki- NGO and government partnership for primary health in Nepal
  • Sarita Pandey- Role of Female Community Health Volunteers Maternal Healthcare in Nepal
  • Dr Zubairu Iliyasu Sexual and reproductive behaviour of men in Northern Nigeria
  • Kim Ozano- Mobilization of Community Health Workers in Cambodia
  • Preeti Mahato- Quality of care of maternal and neonatal health services in Nepal
  • Aina Olujimi Olusola- Pattern and use of herbal medicine in Nigeria




Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Southampton


Master, Brunel University


Research Expertise and Interests

  • Global Health
  • Health System Research
  • Migration and Health
  • 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

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Research Output

The Impact of Spousal Migration on the Mental Health of Nepali Women: A Cross-Sectional Study

Aryal, N., Regmi, P. R., van Teijlingen, E., Trenoweth, S., Adhikary, P. & Simkhada, P., 17 Feb 2020, In : International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 17, 4, 10 p., 1292.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • Adolescents left behind by migrant workers: a call for community-based mental health interventions in Nepal

    Aryal, N., Regmi, P. R., van Teijlingen, E., Simkhada, P. & Mahat, P., 4 Apr 2019, In : WHO South-East Asia journal of public health. 8, 1, p. 38-41 4 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 4 Citations (Scopus)

    Factors Affecting the Uptake of Institutional Delivery, Antenatal and Postnatal Care in Nawalparasi District, Nepal

    Pradhan, S., van Teijlingen, E., Simkhada, P. P., Dhungel, A., Silwal, R. C., Fanning, P. & Wasti, S. P., 1 Jul 2019, In : Kathmandu University Medical Journal. 17, 67, p. 206-211 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Nepali Migrant Workers and the Need for Pre-departure Training on Mental Health: A Qualitative Study

    Regmi, P. R., Aryal, N., van Teijlingen, E., Simkhada, P. & Adhikary, P., 18 Dec 2019, In : Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access