- 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; Teaching Coordinator and Programme Leader for the Masters in Health Management, Planning & Policy. Mayeh Omar is a senior academic and international health systems/health management consultant, specialised in health systems development with 40 years of low-middle income countries experience. He has worked in several parts of the world both on long and short assignments. His professional interests and experiences range from teaching and research in health systems development and strengthening, strategic health planning, human resources and leadership, policy analysis and development, and training of health professionals - to the design and implementation of health systems development in low-middle income countries.
Before moving to the University of Leeds (UK), 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 post-graduate training 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 WHO, UNICEF, World Bank, EU and DFID.
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:
- Teaching Coordinator at the Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development
- Lead International Capacity Development and Knowledge Transfer
- Programme Leader - Masters in Health Management, Planning and Policy
- 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.
- PGDLTHE – University of Leeds, Leeds, UK, 2006
- PGCLTHE – University of Leeds, Leeds, UK, 1998\n MA HMPP – University of Leeds, UK, 1988\n PGD HPA – University of Leeds, UK, 1987
- PDG HELP (Health Emergencies in Larger Populations) – Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva and International Committee for Red Cross,1985
- DPN (Mental Health) – National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore, India, 1983\n\n DTE (Teaching and Education) – Somalia, 1980
- DRN – Mogadishu, Somalia, 1976\n\n \nCurrent and previous roles
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.
In 1989 Mayeh led a global evaluation of the Joint Nutrition Support Programme (JNSP) on behalf of the Government of Italy, WHO and UNICEF.
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.
He teaches in the areas of health policy, human resources development, health systems development and leadership, health planning, health policy systems and organisational management.
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 training programmes in Sudan
Determination of Professional Qualifications of Healthcare Management in Europe (DEPROHEALTH), Leonardo da Vinci Project, funded by the European Union (2010–2012)
Capacity Development Project for Human Resources Managers in the Sudan, funded by Global Health Workforce Alliance, Geneva (2008–2009)
Mental Health and Poverty in Four African countries: Ghana, South Africa, Uganda and Zambia – funded by DFID (2005–2010)
Decentralisation Research in Nepal, DFID Funded through District Health Strengthening Project (2001–2003) \n \n \nProfessional activities
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.
Doku, V., Ofori-Atta, A., Akpalu, B., Read, U., Osei, A., Ae-Ngebise, K., Awenva, D., Lund, C., Flisher, A.J., Petersen, I., Bhana, A., Bird, P., Drew, N., Faydi, E., Funk, M., Green, A., & Omar, M. (2008).
A situation analysis of mental health policy development and implementation in Ghana. Accra: Mental Health and Poverty Project.
Kigozi, F., Ssebunnya, J., Kizza, D., Ndyanabangi, S., Green, A., Omar, M., Bird, P., Funk, M., Faydi, E., Drew, N., Lund, C., & Flisher, A.J. (2008).
A situation analysis of the mental health system in Uganda. Phase 1 Country Report. Kampala: Mental Health and Poverty Project.
Lund C, Kleintjes S, Campbell-Hall V, Mjadu S, Petersen I, Bhana A, Kakuma R, Mlanjeni B, Bird P, Drew N, Faydi E, Funk M, Green A, Omar M, & Flisher AJ. (2008).
Mental health policy development and implementation in South Africa: a situation analysis. Phase 1 Country report. Cape Town: Mental Health and Poverty Project. \n Mwanza, J., Sikwese, A., Banda, M., Mayeya, J., Lund, C., Bird, P., Drew, N., Faydi, E., Funk, M., Green, A., Omar, M., & Flisher, A. J. (2008).
Mental health policy development and implementation in Zambia: a situation analysis. Phase 1 Country Report. Lusaka: Mental Health and Poverty Project.
Hagos B; Gebreselassie S; Omar M, et al (2002) The Practice of Strategic Planning in Health Sector Reform: Eritrean Case Study. Asmara, Eritrea: Division of Research and Human Resources.
- 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