Head 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    +92-51-9255591

Dr.Shafqat Shehzad has extensive experience in post graduate teaching and research. She has taught at the reputed universities in Pakistan including Quaid-i-Azam University , COMSATS-IIT, Fatima Jinnah University and Health Services Academy . She has also worked in a non-governmental organization, Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) as Research Fellow in health economics. Dr.Shehzad has provided research services to various international organizations, including DFID, TAMA, WHO, WHO-EMRO, UNDP, GRBI, IBP, UNICEF, UNFPA , SC -US and SC-UK. Dr.Shehzad has provided policy advice to the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Finance and Planning Commission of Pakistan. She has been an active trainer and has conducted trainings in areas of Health Economics at the national, provincial and district levels along with international collaborators from South Africa and University of Toronto , Canada and WHO-EMRO.

More recently, Dr.Shehzad has designed and developed a Master level programme, MSc Health Economics and Management. The programme has been approved for award of MSc degree by the Quaid-i-Azam University , Islamabad . The program is commencing for the first time in Pakistan from September 2010.

Dr.Shehzad has taught post graduate courses in the following areas: (i) Health Economics (ii) Economic Evaluation of Health Programmes (iii) Business Economics (iv) Managerial Economics (v) Research Methods (vi) Public Finance (vii) Development Economics (viii) Micro-Economics (ix) Basic Econometrics (x) Macro Economics (xii) Health Care Finance.

Dr.Shehzad is alumini member of the University of Sussex at Brighton , England and East West Centre University of Hawaii. She is also the Executive Member of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood-Pakistan and founding member and coordinator of Pakistan Health Economics Network- PHEN

  • 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

  • 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, http://www.bod.ch/index.php?id=296&objk_id=888910 

  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 http://www.comsats.org/publications/books_st_series/12.%20Better%20Healthcare%20through%20TeleHealth%20(Jan.%202008).pdf 

  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. http://siteresources.worldbank.org/PAKISTANEXTN/Resources/PWCAS-Full.pdf 

  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. http://comsats.org/publications/books_st_series/05.%20South%20and%20SouthNorth%20Collaboration%20(Feb.%202005).pdf 

  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 http://www.sdpi.org/publications/publication_details-318-7.html

  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  http://www.sdpi.org/publications/files/W90-How%20Can%20Pakistan%20Reduce%20Infant%20and%20Child.pdf.
    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. http://www.ajtmh.org/content/87/5_Suppl 

  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. http://www.biiss.org/BIISS_JOURNAL.phpfilename=journal/April2009_issue.html , 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 http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11205-005-3247-2 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. http://www.jhpdc.unc.edu/current.htm                                              http://www.longwoods.com/product.php?productid=17636&cat=396&page=1

  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 http://www.grbi.gov.pk/documents/GAPA_Health.pdf

  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. http://www.grbi.gov.pk/documents/GAPA_Health.pdf

  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.  http://books.google.com.pk/books/about/Mid_Term_Review_of_Pakistan_s_National_H.html?id=TRLHYgEACAAJ&redir_esc=y 

  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. http://www.researchsea.com/html/article.php/aid/166/cid/3/research/resource_mobilization_for_pakistan_s_health_care_myth_or_reality_.html 

  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. http://openlibrary.org/works/OL11752554W/An_extended_model_of_the_determinants_of_child_survival_in_Pakistan 

  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, http://www.facstaff.bucknell.edu/jshackel/iaffe/istanbulprogram.html
    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, http://hsa.edu.pk/aboutus/events/2011/conference2011.html

  • 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 http://www.agba.org.pk/saicon2008.html

  • Missing Links in Sustainable Development (SD): South Asian Perspectives. Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Best Western Hotel, December 2007, Islamabad,  http://sdpi.org/publications/publication_details-7-6.html

  • At the Cross Roads: South Asian Research, Policy and Development in a Globalized World, Sustainable Development Policy institute December 2006, http://sdpi.org/publications/publication_details-8-6.html

  • Troubled Times: Sustainable Development and Governance in the Age of ExtremesDecember 2005, http://sdpi.org/publications/publication_details-9-6.html

  • Sustainable Development: Bridging the Research and Policy Gap in Southern Context, December 2004,  http://sdpi.org/publications/publication_details-10-6.html


  • 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,   http://www.sdpi.org/training/Traings04/health_economics.htm 

  • Health Care Finance and Delivery: 7th Sustainable Development Conference, SDPI, Islamabad.  December 8-10th, 2004,  http://www.sdpi.org/sdc_2004/14_health_care_finance_and_delivery.htm 

  • Macroeconomic Aspects of Health in collaboration with the Health Services Academy, Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization, April 2004

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