Dr. Muhammad Naseem Khan


Title : Professor In Public Health     A-114 (First Floor)
Disciplines:  Public Mental Health, MNCH, Nutrition, Health Systems, Epidemiology & Biostatistics .
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Research Areas:  Maternal and Child mental health and development, Protection of the Healthcare workers from violence, community interventions in the field of mental and nutritional health, Health system monitoring and evaluation.     +92-51-9255591
  drnasim@hsa.edu.pk

Dr. Muhammad Naseem Khan is a leading public health specialist with experience spanning almost 20 years. During these years he has worked in various positions within the district, provincial and federal levels. He completed his PhD from the University of Liverpool in 2014 after securing Higher Education Commission scholarship award in 2010. After completion of his PhD, he worked for almost six years at Khyber Medical University, Peshawar and was the Director Institute of Public Health & Social Sciences for the last 2 years. He has joined Health Services Academy, Islamabad as Professor of Public Health in November 2020.Dr. Naseem Khan is a medical graduate of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad in 2002. He was initially involved with the Polio Eradication Initiative of the World Health Organization in district Swat from October 2003 till September 2006. He did his Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) at the Health Services Academy, Islamabad Pakistan in 2009. After completing his PhD in 2014, Dr. Naseem Khan was involved within a collaborative research for his Post Doc from the University of Liverpool. This was a cluster Randomised Controlled Trial (cRCT) for evaluation of a community intervention to improve maternal mental health based on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). He was the site Principal Investigator (PI) of this large research trial and led to peer reviewed publications. Following this Dr. Naseem Khan secured another research project with the World Food Program for evaluating the effectiveness of Ready to Use Supplementary Foods for the prevention of stunting in children under five years. This was a three-year project and pregnant women were followed till their children age 2 years among other groups for evaluating the impact of the Ready to Use Supplements on their height, weight and early childhood developments.

  • Ph.D

  • MBBS

  • MSPH

  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics 

  • Maternal and Child Health 

  • Early Childhood Development 

  • Health Systems 

  • Research methods 

  • Nutrition

  • Professor of Public Health, Health Services Academy, Islamabad (Nov 2020, till date) 

  • Director Institute of Public Health & Social Sciences, Khyber Medical University, Peshawar (Dec 2018 till Nov 2020)

  •  Associate Professor, Institute of Public Health & Social Sciences, Khyber Medical University, Peshawar (May 2018 till Nov 2020) 

  • Assistant Professor, Institute of Public Health & Social Sciences, Khyber Medical University, Peshawar (Oct 2014 till May 2018) 

  • Research Associate at Health Services Academy, Islamabad (May 2010 till Oct 2010) 

  • District Support Officer in Polio Eradication Initiative by WHO in District Swat.

  • Site PI (Swat, Pakistan): Group Problem Management Plus (PM+ Group) in the treatment of women with common mental disorders in Swat, Pakistan. Funded by ELRHA through R2HC and the collaborating partners were Khyber Medical University; Lady Reading Hospital, Peshawar; Human Development Research Foundation; Rawalpindi Medical College; University of New South Wales; Vrije Universiteit. The research project aimed to test the efficacy of an innovative, simplified psychological intervention named Problem Management Plus (PM+). PM+ is a short programme delivered by paraprofessionals, which is transdiagnostic (i.e. geared to a number of conditions) and designed for people in low-income communities affected by adversity. Naseem Khan was the site PI and the total project grant was £349,718 (2014-2016).

  •  Co PI: Stunting prevention through preventive Food based approaches and proportional contributing effects of other Multi-Sectoral approaches in District Kurrum. This operational research was funded by the World Food Program (WFP) where a blanket intervention in the shape of Ready to Use Supplements were given to pregnant, lactating women and children 6-59 months of age. This research was aimed to evaluate its effectiveness through a cluster-controlled trial regarding stunting prevention in children. Dr. Naseem Khan was Co-PI in the project worth 80 Million PKR (2017-2020). 

  • Co-PI: Strengthening the capacities of Health Managers of the merged areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. This was project was fund by the GiZ and was aimed to strengthen the capacities of the health managers, Medical Officers (MOs) and paramedics in the management and planning of their daily tasks at the healthcare centres. The total worth of the project was 283,364 euros (2019-2020).

  • PI: Health Care in Danger (HCiD) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: This project was funded by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Through this initiative Dr. Naseem Khan led many research studies in Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Pakistan with partner organization to determine the prevalence and associated factors of violence against healthcare personnel in Pakistan.

  • Site PI: Using Behavioural Science Approaches to Reduce Violence in Hospitals in Pakistan. This was joint research project with the Indus Hospital Research Centre and Policy Analytics Switzerland. Through this study we aimed to develop, and pilot test a behavioural intervention to reduce violence in the emergency settings of hospitals (Feb 2019 till date).

  • PI: Efficacy and cost-effectiveness evaluation of PM+ plus Treatment as Usual (TAU) versus Treatment as Usual (TAU) in the management of common mental disorders in a post conflict settings of a tertiary healthcare facility in Swat, Pakistan: a single blind Randomized Control Trial (RCT). This research study was funded by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan through the National Research Program for Universities (NRPU) (Jan 2019- Jul 2020).

  • PI: Short Term Technical Assistance, Palladium Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd: The main focus of this consultancy was to revive village health committees and enable them for citizen feedback specifically regarding the maternal and child health indicators (Dec 2019- Jan 2020).

  • Consultant Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP), UNFPA Pakistan: The main deliverable was localization of the MISP training manual according to the local context, case studies and Pakistan specific data (Oct-Nov 2016).

  • PI: Short Term Technical Assistance, Palladium Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd: This was an implementation research in the community settings in 5 Union Councils to improve Chief Minister Initiative, vocalise citizen’s voices and demands, citizen’s feedback and strengthen linkages between Lady Health Workers and Community Midwifes to identify marginalized and vulnerable segments of the population (Feb-Apr 2016, Oct 2016-June 2017)

  1. Chiumento, A., Khan, M. N., Rahman, A. and Frith, L (2015). Managing ethical challenges to mental health research in post-conflict settings. Developing World Bioethics ISSN 1471-8731 (print); 1471-8847 (online). 

  2. Khan, M. N., Chiumento, A., Dherani, M., Bristow, K., Sikander, S., and Rahman, A (2015). Psychological distress and its associations with past events in pregnant women affected by armed conflict in Swat, Pakistan: a cross sectional study. Conflict and Health. 2015; 9(1). 

  3. Chiumento, A., Hamdani, S. U., Khan, M. N., Dawson, K., Bryant, R. A., Sijbrandij, M., Nazir, H., Akhtar, P., Masood, A., Wang, D., van Ommeren, M. & Rahman, A. (2017). Evaluating effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a group psychological intervention using cognitive behavioural strategies for women with common mental disorders in conflict-affected rural Pakistan: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials 18, 190. 

  4. KHAN, M. N, HAMDANI, S., CHIUMENTO, A., DAWSON, K., BRYANT, R., SIJBRANDIJ, M., NAZIR, H., AKHTAR, P., MASOOD, A. & WANG, D. 2017. Evaluating feasibility and acceptability of a group WHO trans-diagnostic intervention for women with common mental disorders in rural Pakistan: A cluster randomised controlled feasibility trial. Epidemiology and psychiatric sciences, 1-11. 

  5. Khan, M. N., Dherani, M., Chiumento, A., Atif, N., Bristow, K., Sikander, S., and Rahman, A (2017). Evaluating feasibility and acceptability of a local psycho- educational intervention for pregnant women with common mental problems affected by armed conflict in Swat, Pakistan: A parallel randomized controlled feasibility trial. International Journal of Social Psychiatry 2017. 

  6. Khan, O., Haroon, M. Z., Rashid, M. A., Khan M. N., & Khan, D. (2017). Left hand thumb imprint patterns among medical students. Journal of Ayub Medical College Abbottabad 29(3), 466-467. 

  7. Maqsood, S., Khan, M. N., Hayat, U., Ajmal, S., Mushtaq, M., Khan, M. N., Shah, S. F. & Khan, H. N. (2017). Depression in myocardial infarction patients at ayub teaching hospital abbottabad. Journal of Ayub Medical College Abbottabad 29(4). 

  8. Muhammad, D., Aurangzeb, M., Khan, M. N., Darain, H., Ali, S. & Iqbal, Z. (2017) Knowledge, attitude and practice regarding household waste management among residents of rural Peshawar, Pakistan. Journal of Saidu Medical College Swat,7(2).

  9. Muhammad, D., Ahmad, I. W., Khan, M. N., Ali, F. & Muhammad, G. (2017) Knowledge, attitude and practices of Nurses regarding pressure ulcers prevention at a tertiary care hospital of Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. JKCD 7 (2). 

  10. ALI, A., AHMAD, M., JAVEED, N., IJAZ, M., KHAN, M. M., KHATTAK, R., KHAN, M., DAUD, S. A. H., FAYYAZ, A. & KHAN, M. N. (2017) Clinical and Histopathological Parameters of the Patients with Breast Cancer from North West Pakistani Population. JIIMC 12(4). 

  11. DARAIN, H., ARSH, A., ZEB, A., ILYAS, S. M., MUHAMMAD, D. & KHAN, M. N. 2018. Epidemiology, Clinical Features and Consequences of Spinal Cord Injury in Children. J Coll Physicians Surg Pak, 28, 532-535. 

  12. Roghani A, Khan, M. N., Shah I, Khan S, Taj AS, Yousafzai YM. Quality of life and determinants in transfusion dependent thalassemia. Pakistan journal of Physiology 2018: 14(3). 

  13. RAHMAN, A., KHAN, M. N., HAMDANI, S. U., CHIUMENTO, A., AKHTAR, P., NAZIR, H., NISAR, A., MASOOD, A., DIN, I. U., KHAN, N. A., BRYANT, R. A., DAWSON, K. S., SIJBRANDIJ, M., WANG, D. & VAN OMMEREN, M. 2019. Effectiveness of a brief group psychological intervention for women in a post-conflict setting in Pakistan: a single-blind, cluster, randomised controlled trial. Lancet, 393, 1733-1744. 

  14. Masud S, Mufarrih SH, Qureshi NQ, Khan F, Khan S and Khan MN (2019) Academic Performance in Adolescent Students: The Role of Parenting Styles and Socio-Demographic Factors – A Cross Sectional Study From Peshawar, Pakistan. Front. Psychol. 10:2497. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02497. 

  15. Rashid HU, Khan MN, Imtiaz A, Ullah N, Dherani M, Rahman A. Post-traumatic stress disorder and association with low birth weight in displaced population following conflict in Malakand division, Pakistan: a case control study. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2020;20(1):166. Published 2020 Mar 17. doi:10.1186/s12884-020-2841-2. 

  16. Shaikh S, Baig LA, Hashmi I, Khan M, Jamali S, Khan MN, et al. The magnitude and determinants of violence against healthcare workers in Pakistan. BMJ global health. 2020;5(4):e002112.

  17. Muhammad D, Haq IU, Haq IU, Darain H, Ghani N, Khan MN. SELF CARE PRACTICES AMONG TYPE-II DIABETIC PATIENTS VISITING TERTIARY CARE HOSPITALS OF PESHAWAR. Annals of Allied Health Sciences. 2019;5(2):11– 15. 

  18. Ahmad F, Khan Z, Siddiqi K, Khan MN, Boeckman M, Dregger S, Bauld L, Zeeb H, Forberger S. Compliance of oral snuff (Naswar) packaging and sales practices with national tobacco control laws and the relevant articles of Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pakistan. Nicotine Tob Res. 2020 Aug 17:ntaa144. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntaa144. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32804238. 

  19. Ahmad F, Boeckmann M, Khan Z, Zeeb H, Khan MN, Ullah S, Dreger S, Haq ZU, Forberger S. Implementing smokeless tobacco control policy in Pakistan: a qualitative study among Naswar supply chain actors. Tob Control. 2020 Aug 18:tobaccocontrol-2020-055748. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2020-055748. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32817262. 

  20. Shaikh S, Hashmi I, Baig LA, Khan M, Ahmed F, Khan MN, Jahan S, Maheshwari G, Yasir I, Haq ZU. Assessment of a mass media campaign on giving way to ambulances in five cities of Pakistan. J Pak Med Assoc. 2020 Sep;70(9):1510-1515. doi: 10.5455/JPMA.18906. PMID: 33040099

  • Addressing violence against health care in Peshawar a mixed methods study (2018). 

  • Violence against health-care workers: A survey in three provinces and federal capital of Pakistan (2019). 

  • Engaging communities for safeguarding health care: Assessment of effectiveness of interventions (2020). 

  • Violence and stigma experienced by health-care workers in covid-19 health-care facilities in three cities of Pakistan (2020).

  • Member National Review Committee for Adverse Events Following Immunization (AEFI) for EPI Program. 

  • Member Expert Review Committee for AFP cases Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.