Dr Tara Tancred
BSc MPH PhD
I am 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 around a process evaluation of a community-based quality management intervention that aimed to improve maternal and newborn health in rural southeastern Tanzania.
My overall research interests include: implementation science (including process evaluation, realist evaluation, and use of theory of change) and intervention evaluation; community participation in health; community-based health interventions; quality management/quality improvement; maternal and newborn health; eastern and southern Africa; and health systems strengthening.
Since 2014 I have tutored within our distance learning programmes for epidemiology and Health Systems (GHM 201), for which I am the deputy module organiser. I have also supervised distance learners completing their master's dissertations in GHM 300 since 2015.
I have also supported in-house teaching for Public Health Principles in Developing Countries.