Photo of Amudha Poobalan

Amudha Poobalan

Lecturer in Public Health, Dr

    • 2772 Citations

    Research output per year

    If you made any changes in Pure these will be visible here soon.

    Personal profile

    Research Overview:

    I am a Medical doctor by background with over 15 years of experience as a Public Health researcher and educator. I specialise in Obesity epidemiology, specifically in lifestyle behaviour modification for management of Obesity and related morbidities. My research interests include Young adult obesity in transition periods (adolescence to young adults), Maternal obesity, Infertility among obese women and ‘Double burden’ of over and under nutrition in transition countries (with economic and demographic shifts). I have expertise in Systematic Reviewing of the literature and Mixed method study design (combining quantitative and qualitative methods). I apply ‘Behavioural change theories’ and ‘Participatory action research’ in developing lifestyle interventions.

    Teaching Overview

    I also have extensive experience in Teaching and Learning. I coordinate and teach on several undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and courses, both subject related and methodological. I teach on obesity epidemiology, double burden of under and over nutrition, evidence based health, mixed methods study design and qualitative research methods. I conduct CPD workshops for academics and health care professionals on cutting edge research methods. My pedagogical approaches strives to develop and improve course curriculum, improve student learning outcomes and improve the efficiency of student assessments.


    I have international Teaching and Research collaborations with

    Manipal University, Karnataka, South India

    Chrsitian Medical College, Vellore, South India

    Madras Diabetes Researh Foundation, Chennai, South India

    National Institute of Nutrition, Telengana, South India

    Samarth NGO, Tamilnadu, South India

    Harward School of Public Health, Harward University, USA  

    Sydney School of  Pubblic Health, Sydney, Australia,

     Prof Friday Okonufua, University of Benin,  Nigeria

    Tribuvan University,  Kathmandu, Nepal.

    Indicators of Esteem

    I have done consultancy work for WHO to develop guidelines for prevention and Treatment for Leprosy

    Education/Academic qualification


    Award Date: 21 Nov 2011

    Masters Degree

    Award Date: 23 Nov 2000

    Doctoral Degree, Christian Medical College, Vellore, India

    Award Date: 21 Feb 1991

    External positions

    External Examiner for MPH, University of Glasgow

    1 Sep 201731 Aug 2021

    Fingerprint Dive into the research topics where Amudha Poobalan is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    • 8 Similar Profiles

    Network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.

    Research Output

    Pooled versus individual nucleic acid amplification testing for detection of active SARS-CoV-2 infection (Protocol)

    Hijazi, K., Lawes, T., Okoliegbe, I., Gupta, E., Wilson, B., El-Sakka, N., Nebot, C., Okpo, E., Osman, M., Niu, C., Imoesi, P., Poobalan, A., Gould, I. & Brazzelli, M., 10 Sep 2020, (Accepted/In press)

    Research output: Other contribution

    Open Access
  • Are young adults appreciating the health promotion messages on diet and exercise?

    Berry, E., Aucott, L. & Poobalan, A., Dec 2018, In : Journal of Public Health. 26, 6, p. 687-696 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 4 Citations (Scopus)
    9 Downloads (Pure)

    Guidelines for the Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention of Leprosy

    Guidelines Development Group, External Review Group & WHO Steering Group, 20 Aug 2018, New Delhi: World Health Organization . 106 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned Report

    Open Access
    33 Downloads (Pure)

    Health consequences of sex trafficking: A Systematic Review

    Simkhada, P., Van Teijlingen, E., Sharma, A., Bissell, P., Poobalan, A. & Wasti, P. S., 23 Sep 2018, In : Journal of Manmohan Memorial Institute of Health Sciences. 4, 1, p. 130-150 21 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 14 Downloads (Pure)


    • 1 Public Lecture/debate/seminar

    Cancer...buckle with fear or increase awareness!

    Amudha Poobalan (Speaker)

    14 Sep 2019

    Activity: Talk, presentation, public lecture, public engagement, outreach and knowledge exchangePublic Lecture/debate/seminar


    Principal’s Teaching Excellence Award

    Poobalan, Amudha (Recipient), 2019

    Prize: Awards, Distinctions, Medals, and Prizes