Dr Tara Tancred
BSc MPH PhD
Distance learning: Health Systems (Deputy Module Organizer)
Previous teaching includes: Fundamentals of Epidemiology, Practical Epidemiology, Nutrition and Infection, and Applying Public Health Principles in Developing Countries.
I am eading 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.
I worked 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. Primarily, I synthesised process and theoretical data from this review.
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.