Advisor of Quality Enhancement Cell Dr. Shafqat Shehzad

 Title : Professor / Head of Health Economics Dept., Health Services Academy   A102(Ground Floor)

Disciplines   : Health Economics

  Research Areas: 
Health Economics, Health Policy, Economic Determinants of Health, Health Measurement Health Budgets, Maternal and Child Health, Economic Evaluations
Dr. Shafqat Shehzad has been a Commonwealth Scholar in the University of Sussex, England, from where she received PhD in Economics in the year 2000. The fully funded prestigious PhD scholarship was awarded to her based on her academic credentials and merit. Dr. Shehzad possess more than twenty-five years of experience in postgraduate/ undergraduate teaching, evidence-based research, technical proposal development, program and curriculum development, solicited and unsolicited policy advice, advocacy, networking, capacity development and mentoring of faculty and students. She has been involved in the training of trainers and mid-level professionals and applied economics research through financial support of the international development organizations. Dr. Shehzad designed and developed pioneering Master’s level Degree Program in Health Economics and Management for Pakistan’s Health Services Academy that awarded her a Gold Medal for the initiation of this Program. Dr. Shehzad has provided research services to various international organizations, such as WHO, WHO-EMRO, DFID, UNDP, RAF, TAMA, GRBI, IBP, UNICEF, UNFPA, Save the Children and others. Through these partner organizations, she received various small and large grants for the serving institutions. She has authored several publications in the journals of international repute including. The American Journal of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Social Indicators Research and the Journal of Development and Population Studies. She also contributed chapters in the books published by the Oxford University Press. Dr. Shehzad has supervised postgraduate/ undergraduate theses and co- authored a monograph on “Landscaping Health Care Financing Works in Pakistan”. She serves in the Board of Advisors, Centre for Public Policy and Governance, Foreman Christian College University, Lahore, fellow member of Mustashaar and Centre for Research on Economic and Social t ransformation, CREST. The notable contribution of Dr. Shehzad includes an emphasis on cross- disciplinary and inter-professional approaches in higher education and research. She has been the coordinator of Program Learning Outcomes/ Quality Assurance for the undergraduate and postgraduate programs of Public Health at Qatar University for more than four years and produced various technical reports on the ways to improve education delivery/ curriculum enhancement and skills development in line the policy priorities. This experience can be very useful for Pakistan’s higher education institutions where the focus on learning outcomes is lacking.
  • PhD (Economics)The University of Sussex at Brighton, England , March – 2000 
  • M.Phil (Economics) Quaid-I-Azam University, Islamabad, March –   1992 
  • M.Sc (Economics) Quaid-I-Azam University, Islamabad, September – 1986
Academic and Professional Positions
Advisor (Health and Population), Health and Population Think Tank (HPTT), Health Services Academy
(July 2020-Present).
-Also assuming additional responsibility of Professor of Health Economics to design MS Health Economics and
Management at HSA. (August-2020-Present).
- Head- Quality Enhancement Cell, Health Services Academy (Additional Charge)
- Member: Academic Council
- Member Syndicate of Health Services Academy
Associate Professor, (Public Health-Health Economics), College of Health Sciences, Department of Public
Health, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar (Aug. 2014 - 2020).
- Taught undergraduate, postgraduate courses in Health Policy, Health Management, Health Economics,
Leadership/ others
- MPH PLO Coordinator, DPH, CHS-QU(2017-2019)
- BSc. PH PLO Coordinator, DPH, CHS-QU (2015).
Professor: (Economics & Management), Department of Management Sciences Iqra University. (August 2013 -
August 2014).
Associate Professor and Program Director, Department of Health Economics and Management, Health
Services Academy, Islamabad. (February 2009 - March 2013).
Assistant Professor (Economics & Management), COMSATS- University, Department of Management
Sciences. (April 2008 - February 2009)./2
Assistant Professor (Economics), Department of Economics, Quaid-i-Azam University. (November 2001 -
January 2002).
Lecturer (Economics), Department of Economics, Quaid-i-Azam University. (May 1988 - November 2001).
Professional Experience
Research Fellow (Health Policy and Development), Sustainable Development Policy Institute. (October 2003 -
March 2008).

Research Areas
  • Health Economics
  • Health and Economic Development 
  • Economic Determinants of Health, Health Budgets, (Expenditures, Allocation, Transparency and Fiscal Space)
  •  Economic Evaluation of Health Care, Gender and Health 
  • Health Equity, Health Disparities
  1. S.Shehzad (2012) “Public Spending on Health, Fiscal Indicators and Strategies for Improving Resource Availability for Universal Health Care Coverage in Pakistan”, Paper submitted to South Asia Economic Journal; Institute of Policy Studies, Sri Lanka. 
  2. S.Shehzad (2012), “Strategic Directions to Improve Health Care Financing in Pakistan: Moving Towards Universal Coverage”, Paper submitted to Pakistan Economic and Social Review. ISSN 1011-002X (Print), 2224-4074 (Online). The University of Punjab, Pakistan.
  Book/ Book Chapters
  1. S.Shehzad; Z.Memon,and A. Hafeez (2012) “Pakistan’s MNCH Resource Allocations and Expenditure Analysis”; Book published by LAMBERT Academic Publishing, Germany. ISBN 978-3-659-27206-6,  
  2. S.Shehzad (2008) “Sustainability in Health as a Policy Issue in Pakistan” In “Better Health Care Through Telehealth”, Commission on Science and Technology for the Sustainable Development in the South, COMSATS Publications on Science and Technology Series, No.12 United Printers, pp. 1-23  
  3. S.Shehzad (2007) “State of Pakistan’s Population”. Lead Author for the Report written for the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA and NIPS, Islamabad.  
  4. S.Shehzad and K. Siegmann (2006), “Pakistan’s Water Challenges: A Human Development Perspective”. Background chapter written for Pakistan Country Water Resource Assistance Strategy: “Water Economy Running Dry”, World Bank Report No.34081 for South Asian Region and published by Oxford University Press, England.  
  5. S. Shehzad (2004), “Identified Roles of Information Technology in Pakistan’s Health and Health Care”. South-South and South-North Collaboration: Present Scenario and Future Prospects, Published by the Commission of Science and Technology for Sustainable Development.  
  6. S.Shehzad (2006), “Alternative Resource Mobilization Strategies for Pakistan’s Health Care”, In “Troubled Times: Sustainable Development and Governance in the Age of Extremes” SAMA Editorial and Publishing, ISBN 969-8784-40-3, pp. 483-504, Reprint: SDPI Working Paper Series # 103, Islamabad
  7. S. Shehzad (2005). “How Can Pakistan Reduce Infant and Child Mortality Rates? A Decomposition Analysis”, “Sustainable  Development: Bridging the Research Policy Gaps in Southern Contexts”, Social Policy: Vol. 2 , pp. 334-360, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-597998-2, , Reprint: Working Paper Series # 90, Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Islamabad
     Peer Reviewed Journal/Series Articles
  8. S. Sadruddin; S. Shehzad; A. Bari;A.Khan; I. Haque; A.Khan; S. Qazi, (2012) “Household Costs for Treatment of Severe Pneumonia in Pakistan”. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene; Vol. 87:137-143; doi:10.4269/ajtmh.2012.12-0242. 
  9. S.Shehzad (2009) “Pakistan’s Food Shortages and Implications for Health State and Policy”, Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies Journal. Volume, 30, No.2, 2009. , ISSN: 1010-9536 
  10. S.Shehzad (2006), “The Determinants of Child Health in Pakistan: An Economic Analysis” Journal of “Social Indicators Research”, Vol. 78: 531-556, Springer, the Netherlands. Also available online ISSN: 0303-8300 (Print) 1573-0921 
  11. S. Shehzad (2004), “A Measurement Model for Child Health: Latent Variables Approach” Journal of Health and Population in Developing Countries, University of North Carolina, USA. Reprint: in World Health and Population, Longwood Publications, USA, ISSN: 1095-8940.                                    
  12. S.Shehzad (2206). “Gender Aware Policy Appraisal for Health”, Report published by the Government of Pakistan, Ministry of Finance, United Nations Development Program and Gender Responsive Budget Initiative, GRBI Reprint: SDPI Working Paper Series No. 110
  13. S.Shehzad (2006), “Gender Aware Policy Appraisal: Policy Brief Series Published by the Government of Pakistan, Ministry of Finance and United Nations Development Program.
  14. S.Shehzad (2006). “Health Budget Analysis: Mid Term Review of the National Health Facility and Technical Assistance and Management Agency, TAMA”, SDPI Project Report Series No.2, Department for International Development and Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Islamabad. 
  15. S. Shehzad (2005), “Resource Mobilization Strategies for Pakistan’s Health Care: Myth or Reality? SDPI Policy Brief Series # 20, Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Islamabad. 
  16. S. Shehzad (2005), “An Extended Model of the Determinants of Child Survival in Pakistan”, SDPI Research Paper Series # 29, Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Islamabad. 
  17. S. Shehzad (2004), “(Ir) Relevance of Comparative Health Care Systems and Development for Pakistan”. In “Paaidar Taraqqi ” SDPI Quarterly Journal, Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Islamabad 
  18. S.Shehzad (2000) “The Determinants of Infant and Child Mortality: A Cross-Country Comparison” The International Association for Feminist Economics, (IAFFE) August 15-17, 2000, Bogazici University,Istanbul,Turkey,
     Project Report Series/ Book Review:
  19. S.Shehzad (2007) “Pakistan’s Demographic Dynamics and Implications for Health Care Financing Policy, The Network for Consumer Protection, Islamabad. 
  20. S. Shehzad (2007) “Emergency Obstetric Care (EMOC) as a Tool for Reducing Maternal Mortality in Pakistan”. Research Project Report written for the United Nations Children Fund, UNICEF. 
  21. S.Shehzad (2010) Economic Policy, Resource Allocation and Priority Setting for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in the Province of Punjab, Pakistan: Research work completed for the Population Council. 
  22. S.Shehzad and A. Hafeez (2011) Pakistan’s MNCH Resource Allocations and Expenditure Analysis. Policy Brief written for the Ministry of Health-Government of Pakistan
  23. S.Shehzad (2010) Book Review “Choked Pipes: Reforming Pakistan’s Mixed Health Systems”, in Friday Times, April 30th 2010.


  • Promoting Public Health in the Wake of Recent Reforms: Health Services Academy, Cabinet Division, Islamabad, December 2011, 
  • National MNCH and Family Planning Conference: Health Services Academy, Islamabad, December 2010, 
  • Academy for Global Business Advances (AGBA) Asia Chapter: Globalization and Change, SAICON, COMSATS University, PC Bhurbun, 2008 
  • Missing Links in Sustainable Development (SD): South Asian Perspectives. Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Best Western Hotel, December 2007, Islamabad, 
  • At the Cross Roads: South Asian Research, Policy and Development in a Globalized World, Sustainable Development Policy institute December 2006, 
  • Troubled Times: Sustainable Development and Governance in the Age of ExtremesDecember 2005, 
  • Sustainable Development: Bridging the Research and Policy Gap in Southern Context, December 2004,


  • S.Shehzad (2012), Participated in a workshop organized by the World Health Organization, on Health Care Finance and Social Protection Strategies, Geneva, Switzerland. 
  • Regional Alliance Building to Promote and Safeguard Reproductive Rights and Health for Poor Women in Conflict Areas: Society for International Development (SID) and South Asia Network (SAN) Khatmandu, Nepal , 17th November 2004 
  • Health Economics, International Health Economics Association, University of York, England July 19-27 2002 
  • Health Economics Research in the Developing Countries,  International Health Economics Association, University of York, England 
  • Feminist Economics, Bogazici University, The International Association for Feminist Economics, (IAFFE), Istanbul, Turkey 
  • International Health Economics Conference, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong
  • Economic Evaluation of Health Care Programmes, Supported by the World health Organization and conducted by Health Services Academy, December 29th 2009 until 2nd January 2010 
  • Workshop on National Health Accounts, Supported by WHO-EMRO and GTZ for Pakistan Health Economics Network (PHEN) on December 15th,2009  Marriott Hotel, Islamabad 
  • Economic Evaluation of Health Care Programmes, Supported by Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program-Pakistan, CDC   April 20th 23rd 2009, at Health Services Academy, Ministry of Health Islamabad. 
  • Health Policy Formulation, Evaluation and Implementation: Two days training conducted for the Parliamentarians, and Members of Senate, Islamabad, November 27th and 28th, 2007, at Sustainable Development Policy Institute.
  • Gender Aware Policy Appraisal for Health: In collaboration with the experts from the UNDP (Pakistan and South Africa), conducted trainings in Islamabad and Lahore for the health care professionals of the federal and provincial Ministries of Health and Finance to raise awareness about gender sensitive budgeting for health,   Dec. 14 and 19th 2005. 
  • Economic Evaluation of Health Care Programs, National workshop on Sustainable Development Policy Institute,  June  29th-30th, 2005 
  • Health Economics, Sustainable Development Policy Institute, 25-27th January, 2005, 
  • Health Care Finance and Delivery: 7th Sustainable Development Conference, SDPI, Islamabad.  December 8-10th, 2004, 
  • Macroeconomic Aspects of Health in collaboration with the Health Services Academy, Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization, April 2004
Program Development
Dr. Shehzad has recently developed a new Masters programme M.Sc in Health Economics and Management, (MSc-HEM) for the post graduate students of Health Services Academy. The Programme is approved by the   Quaid-i-Azam University for award of MSc degree.
  • Founding Member and Network Coordinator 
  • Pakistan Health Economics Network (PHEN) supported by WHO-EMRO and currently hosted by Health services Academy, Cabinet Division, Islamabad 
  • Executive Member: White Ribbon Alliance-Pakistan 
  • Member of the Alumni Association, East-West Centre, Hawaii, USA 
  • Member of the Alumni Association, University of Sussex, England 
  • Member of the Academic Staff Association, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, 1988-2002
  • Microeconomics 
  • Macroeconomics 
  • Public Finance and Policy 
  • Managerial Economics 
  • Business Economics 
  • Research Methods 
  • Basic Econometrics 
  • Health Economics 
  • Health Care Finance 
  • Economic Evaluation of Health Care Programs 
  • Development Economics 
  • Fiscal Policy 
  • Health Budgets
  • Throughout First Class Academic Record 
  • Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, Association of Commonwealth Universities, England, Fully funded Scholarship for Ph.D. in Economics, Oct-1994 – December 1997 
  • President’s Talent Scholarship for M.Sc. in Economics, 1984 -1986 
  • Merit scholarship in B.A.   Distinction in Economics in the Punjab university1980-1982 
  • Merit scholarships in F.A Distinction in Arabic Literature , 1978-80