Dr Tara Tancred BSc MPH PhD

Research Fellow of Social and Environmental Health Research




Distance learning: Fundamentals of Epidemiology (tutor), Practical Epidemiology (tutor), Nutrition and Infection (tutor), and Health Systems (deputy module organizer)

In-House: Applying Public Health Principles in Developing Countries


I am working on a systematic literature review with Chris Bonell of various interventions integrated into academic curricula that aim to reduce violence and substance abuse in youth. I am also leading a realist evaluation of a quality improvement intervention in southern Tanzania, and the qualitative component of a theory of change-based evaluation of the Bill and Melinda Gates-funded Better Immunization Data Initiative in northern Tanzania.

My previous research experience has been broad, from culturing of bone marrow and testing anti-myeloma therapeutics in experimental oncology, to photography projects and body mapping with youth and women in Uganda. My PhD work centred on a process evaluation of a community-based quality management intervention that aimed to improve maternal and newborn health in rural southeastern Tanzania.

My research interests include: implementation science (including process evaluation, realist evaluation, and use of theory of change) and intervention evaluation; systematic literature reviews; community participation in health; quality management/quality improvement; maternal and newborn health; eastern and southern Africa; health systems strengthening; and health policy and systems research.

Research areas

  • Child health
  • Complex interventions
  • Evaluation
  • Global Health
  • Health policy
  • Health systems
  • Implementation research
  • Maternal health
  • Mixed methods
  • Primary care
  • Public health
  • Qualitative methods
  • Quality improvement


  • Social Policy
  • Social Sciences


  • Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)


  • Malawi
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • United Kingdom
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