Dr Mazeda Hossain


Assistant Professor
of Social Epidemiology

15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

I am a social epidemiologist based within the Gender Violence & Health Centre. My main research interests focus on violence and health in humanitarian crisis and fragile state settings.


Department of Global Health and Development
Faculty of Public Health and Policy


Centre for Evaluation
Statistical Methodology
Global Mental Health
Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre


I currently teach on the following modules: issues in Public Health, Conflict & Health, Research Methods for Gender Based Violence Short Course and Evaluations of Public Health Interventions. I supervise both MSc and PhD students.

I have also taught on the following MSc modules: Basic Statistics for Public Policy, Basic Epidemiology and Healthcare for Conflict-Affected and Displaced Populations Short Course.


I am a social epidemiologist who specialises in the evaluation of violence prevention and response interventions in conflict-affected and fragile state settings. My interest in recent years has been in developing and conducting evaluations using epidemiological approaches appropriate for research among conflict-affected and other vulnerable populations. 

I am currently leading one of the first evaluations of a gender based violence response service which includes task-shifting components in the Dadaab refugee camps in Kenya. I recently led a cluster randomised controlled trial (cRCT) in Côte d'Ivoire, which was one of the first trials to rigorously evaluate an intimate partner violence prevention intervention in an armed conflict setting working directly with men.

My previous research focused on the longer-term health effects of violence among trafficking survivors, asylum seekers and migrants. I have worked on several comparative multi-country studies examining violence against women asylum seekers, violence against women trafficked for sex, and an intervention trial of a trafficking prevention programme in South Asia.

Research Area
Complex interventions
Health services research
Sexual health
Social and structural determinants of health
Statistical methods
Systematic reviews
Behaviour change
Global Health
Impact evaluation
Mixed methods
Mobile technologies
Implementation research
Randomised controlled trials
Reproductive health
Disease and Health Conditions
Mental health
Sexually transmitted infection

Selected Publications

Men's and women's experiences of violence and traumatic events in rural Cote d'Ivoire before, during and after a period of armed conflict.
Hossain, M. ; Zimmerman, C. ; Kiss, L. ; Kone, D. ; Bakayoko-Topolska, M. ; Manan K A, D. ; Lehmann, H. ; Watts, C. ;
BMJ Open
Working with men to prevent intimate partner violence in a conflict-affected setting: a pilot cluster randomized controlled trial in rural Cote d'Ivoire.
Hossain, M. ; Zimmerman, C. ; Kiss, L. ; Abramsky, T. ; Kone, D. ; Bakayoko-Topolska, M. ; Annan, J. ; Lehmann, H. ; Watts, C. ;
BMC Public Health
Preventing violence against women and girls in conflict.
Hossain, M.; Zimmerman, C.; Watts, C.;
War and sexual violence--mental health care for survivors.
Watts, C. ; Hossain, M. ; Zimmerman, C. ;
N Engl J Med
Gender norms and economic empowerment intervention to reduce intimate partner violence against women in rural Cote d'Ivoire: a randomized controlled pilot study
Gupta, J.; Falb, K.L.; Lehmann, H.; Kpebo, D.; Xuan, Z.; Hossain, M.; Zimmerman, C.; Watts, C.; Annan, J.
BMC Int Health Hum Rights
The Relationship of Trauma to Mental Disorders Among Trafficked and Sexually Exploited Girls and Women.
Hossain, M.; Zimmerman, C.; Abas, M.; Light, M.; Watts, C.;
Am J Public Health
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