- Position: Associate Professor (T&S)
- Areas of expertise: Teaching, research & technical assistance in health systems development/strengthening; human resources & leadership to the design & evaluation of public health systems in low-middle income countries.
- Email: M.A.Omar@leeds.ac.uk
- Phone: +44(0)113 343 6976
- Location: 1034, Level 10 Worsley Building
Associate Professor; Deputy Head and Teaching Coordinator of the Nuffield Centre for International Health and Developmenta. Mayeh Omar is a senior academic and international health systems/health management consultant, specialised in health systems development with over 40 years of low-middle income countries in teaching, research and capacity development. He has worked in several parts of the world both on long and short assignments. His professional interests range from teaching and research in health systems development and strengthening, health professional eductaion, curriculum and programme development, educational leadership, strategic health planning, human resources development, policy analysis and development - to the design and implementation of health systems development in low-middle income countries. He has been involved designing and reviewing educational programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level, both in Leeds and internationally, serving in different committees and task forces, as well as in supervising and examining students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He acted as an internal examiner at the University of Leeds and external examiner in a number of universities in the UK and abroad.
Before moving to the University of Leeds (UK) in 1995, where he is associate professor, he was a researcher/lecturer at the Italian National Institute of Health (Istituto Superiore di Sanita) in Rome where he was involved in the development of a Masters programme in Health Management, conducted a number of research and carried out major international consultancy assignments. He served as Evaluation Coordinator of a major multi-country WHO-UNICEF Joint Nutrition Support Programme (JNSP) on behalf of the Government of Italy (Funder), based in Rome, New York and Geneva. He served as a consultant to a number of international organisations, such as Carter Centre, WHO, UNICEF, World Bank, EU and DFID.
From 1977 to 1986, Mayeh worked for the Ministry of Health in Somalia, first as a tutor at health personnel training institutions, then as Director of a post-basic health training centre, and later as the Head of Coordination and International Relations in the Ministry of Health. After gaining an MA in Health Management, Planning and Policy Leeds in 1988, he served as Director of the Department of Planning, Coordination and International Relations in the Ministry of Health until December 1990.
He has dedicated substantial time to establishing and developing the capacity of training institutions in a number of low income countries for nearly four decades and training hundreds of graduates and participants with innovative curricula, educational techniques and technologies, introducing post-graduate problem based learning and pioneering continuous professional development (CPD) initiatives for doctors, pharmacists, nurses and other health professionals in different parts of the world. His scientific production focuses on policy and planning, human resources development, community health and gender issues, mental health systems and aspects of the interaction between the health service providers and the end users.
Mayeh’s current work portfolio within the Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development involves:
- Deputy Head and Teaching Coordinator at the Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development
- Lead International Capacity Development and Knowledge Transfer
- Director of Specialised CPD Courses
- Module Leader for: Human Resources Planning and Development, Health Policy and Development; Training and Education Strategies, Health Systems Development and Leadership, and a number of international CPD courses, i.e. Learning and Teaching, Strategic Planning, Management and Leadership, and Policy Development and Analysis
- International development work through research, consultancies and knowledge transfer
- Focal person for international collaboration.
- Sits on a number of Faculty, Institute and Centre based Committees, such as Postgraduate Research Committees, School of Medicine Postgraduate Teaching Subcommittee, School of Medicine Postgraduate Examination Committee, Programme Directors' and Teaching Committees, and Centre's Examination Board
- Undertakes supervision of PhD, Masters and Intercalated BSc students and provides guidance on their thesis and dissertations.
Mayeh is a Fellow Academy of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, United Kingdom. He served as a consultant to World Health Organization. Eastern Mediterranean Region (WHO/EMRO) to design and conduct training needs assessment, design and deliver courses on strategic planning, leadership and Management, health policy, human resources planning and management as well as training courses on Learning and Teaching for teachers of Public Health Institute, Academy of Health Sciences and University of Khartoum, in Khartoum, Sudan.
He has worked extensively in China, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Iran, Kenya, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sudan, Syria, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe for repeated short assignments involving teaching and technical advice.
His most recent international appointments include:
- Member of Advisory Board, International Academy of Public Health (IAPH), Eastern Mediterranean Public Health Netowrk (EMPHNET)
- Chair of Global Health Specialisation Council, International Academy of Public Health (IAPH), Eastern Mediterranean Public Health Netowrk (EMPHNET)
- Chair, Advisory Board, Department of Health Services Administration, Sharjah University, United Arab Emirates
- Board Member of Somalia’s National Institute of Healt
Current research interests
His research interests include health systems and mental health, health systems for scattered populations, health professional education, health systems development and strengthening, mental health systems, training needs assessment and the evaluation of capacity development programmes.
Current and recent research
Evaluation of Public Health Empowerment – Surveillance for Polio Officers (PHEP-SPO) Training in Sudan
Evaluation of Training Courses on Learning and Teaching of Health Professionals in Sudan
Evaluation of Training Programme in Iran
Competency Framework for Public Health Education, International Academy of Public Health (IAPH)
Arab Board Competency Framework
Determination of Professional Qualifications of Healthcare Management in Europe (DEPROHEALTH), Leonardo da Vinci Project, funded by the European Union
Abdalla F and Omar M (2016). Sudanese Medical Diaspora: Options for contribution to health systems. Lambert Academic Publishing, Germany.
Collins C, Omar M, Adhikari D, Emmel N, Chand P, Singh A, Dhakal M, Thapa D, Dhakal R (2003) Developing Health sector Decentralisation in Nepal: Collaborative Policy Development” – Final Report. Kathmandu, British Council
Collins C, Omar M, Adhikari D, Emmel N, Chand P, Singh A, Dhakal M, Thapa D, Dhakal R (2003) Developing a Programme for Effective Decentralisation in Nepal. Kathmandu, British Council
Green A; Collins C; Hagos B; Gebresellassie S; Stefanini A; Creveiro I; Ferrinho P; Adam Y; Abdullah M; Chapman Z; Omar M; Gideon J (2002) Strategic Health Planning: Guidelines for Developing Countries. Leeds: Nuffield Institute for Health.
Omar M, Barker C (1998) District Health Management Operational Manual, Balochistan. Leeds, Nuffield Institute for Health. \n
Omar M, Guerra R (1991) Joint Nutrition Support Programme: Global Evaluation", Volume I, Rome: Istituto Superiore di Sanita.
Omar M, Guerra R (1991) Joint Nutrition Support Programme: Global Evaluation", Volume II. Rome: Istituto Superiore di Sanita.
Sargent, O and Omar, M (2021) Substance use determinants in Jamaican under-25s: family, peers, spirituality and maltreatment (literature review), BJPsych Open, Vol 7, Supplement 51: Published online by Cambridge University Press. DOI:
- Teaching Coordinator, Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development
- International Capacity Development & Consultancy Coordinator. Nuffield Centre for Int Health & Devel
- Programme Leader
Research groups and institutes
- Leeds Institute of Health Sciences