Dr Mishal Khan MA (Cantab) MSc PhD

Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Systems Research


Dr. Mishal Khan is a social epidemiologist with expertise in quantitative and qualitative health policy and systems research to improve infectious disease control programmes in South and Southeast Asia. In her research career, Mishal has worked closely with national disease control managers in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Myanmar and Kenya, focusing on research to inform resource allocation decisions. This builds upon her six-year experience of working in industry advising pharmaceutical companies on investment strategies.

Over the past decade, she has led research on: engagement with informal, for-profit healthcare providers; gender differences in access to health services; tuberculosis control; antimicrobial resistance; One Health; investments in research and development; strengthening human resources for health; the influence of external funders on the policy process in Asia; and assessing the sustainability infectious disease control programmes. 

Having received a Commonwealth Scholarship to complete her doctoral studies at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Mishal studied socio-economic and health systems related factors influencing gender differences in TB notifications across Pakistan. She also holds a Masters degree in Control of Infectious Diseases from LSHTM and a Masters degree in Natural Sciences (Pathology) from the University of Cambridge.

Mishal is a section editor for the Health Policy and Planning journal and a Consultant for the Centre on Global Health Security at Chatham House, working closely with high level policy actors on institutional capacity building in low and middle income countries.  




Distance Learning - examiner on the Infectious Diseases module


Mishal has been the principal investigator of several studies including a randomised trial of simple patient instructions to improve TB diagnosis in women and a multi-country project funded by the STOP TB Partnership to implement a new system to involve low-cost private diagnostic laboratories in diagnosing and treating TB. She has collaborated closely with the Pakistan National TB Control Porgramme, leading an important operational research study to assess the effectivness of local versus international drugs for treating multi-drug resistant TB. 

Mishal was selected as a Star in Global Health by Grand Challenges Canada and received an award to conduct a clinical evaluation of a low cost device to improve maternal and newborn health in Pakistan. Through this award she conducted a series of studies on women's health in Pakistan including an analysis of barriers to using contraception and an effectivneness evaluation of health-worker training for maternal health.

She is currently working with the Communicable Diseases Policy Research Group leading multidisciplinary studies in Myanmar, China and Cambodia.

Research areas

  • Capacity strengthening
  • Complex interventions
  • Disease control
  • Electronic health records
  • Evidence use
  • Gender
  • Global Health
  • Health care policy
  • Health inequalities
  • Health systems
  • Health workers
  • Impact evaluation
  • Inequalities
  • Infectious disease policy
  • Mobile technologies
  • Randomised controlled trials
  • Social and structural determinants of health


  • Epidemiology
  • Operational research
  • Policy analysis


  • East Asia & Pacific (developing only)
  • South Asia


  • Bangladesh
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Myanmar
  • Pakistan

Other interests

  • Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Capacity Development in LMICs
  • Social Epidemiology
  • tuberculosis
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