Dr Mishal Khan

MA (Cantab) MSc PhD

Associate Professor
of Health Policy and Systems Research


15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

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.

Dr Khan leads 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; and the policy process in low and middle-income countries.

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 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 research fellow at 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. She also holds an honorary appointment at the Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan.


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


Centre for Evaluation
TB Centre
Antimicrobial Resistance Centre (AMR)


Deputy Module Organiser - Health Services (distance learning)


Mishal has been the principal investigator of several studies including policy research on antimicrobial resistance, 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 leading multidisciplinary studies in Cambodia, Pakistan and Indonesia.

Research Area
Complex interventions
Health care policy
Health inequalities
Health systems
Infectious disease policy
Social and structural determinants of health
Disease control
Evidence use
Global Health
Impact evaluation
Operational research
Policy analysis
Myanmar (Burma)

Selected Publications

More talk than action: gender and ethnic diversity in leading public health universities.
Khan MS; Lakha F; Tan MMJ; Singh SR; Quek RYC; Han E; Tan SM; Haldane V; Gea-Sánchez M; Legido-Quigley H
Invisible medicine sellers and their use of antibiotics: a qualitative study in Cambodia.
Suy S; Rego S; Bory S; Chhorn S; Phou S; Prien C; Heng S; Wu S; Legido-Quigley H; Hanefeld J
BMJ Global Health
The growth and strategic functioning of One Health networks: a systematic analysis.
Khan MS; Rothman-Ostrow P; Spencer J; Hasan N; Sabirovic M; Rahman-Shepherd A; Shaikh N; Heymann DL; Dar O
The lancet Planetary health
How do external donors influence national health policy processes? Experiences of domestic policy actors in Cambodia and Pakistan.
Khan MS; Meghani A; Liverani M; Roychowdhury I; Parkhurst J
Health policy and planning
Pathogens, prejudice, and politics: the role of the global health community in the European refugee crisis.
Khan MS; Osei-Kofi A; Omar A; Kirkbride H; Kessel A; Abbara A; Heymann D; Zumla A; Dar O
The Lancet infectious diseases
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