Amudha Poobalan

Amudha Poobalan

Senior Lecturer in Public Health, Dr

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    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

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

    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


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