Dr Miranda Pallan MBChB, MPH, PhD, MFPH

Dr Miranda Pallan

Institute of Applied Health Research
Senior Lecturer in Public Health and MBChB Senior Welfare Tutor

Contact details

Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Institute of Applied Health Research
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Miranda Pallan joined the Unit of Public Health, Epidemiology & Biostatistics as a Clinical Research Fellow in 2005. 

Miranda has a background as a General Practitioner, but moved into the field of Public Health in 2002. Her main research interest is childhood obesity, and she is a co-investigator of a major NIHR-funded childhood obesity prevention study.


  • PhD in Public Health 2011
  • Member of the Faculty of Public Health 2006
  • Masters in Public Health 2003
  • Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners 2001
  • MBChB 1997
  • BSc (Hons) Pharmacology 1994


Miranda Pallan graduated with and MBChB from the University of Birmingham Medical School in 1997. She went on to qualify as a General Practitioner in 2001. In 2002 she commenced specialist training in Public Health, and joined the unit of Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics in 2005 to sub-specialise in academic Public Health. The focus of her research has been childhood obesity and its prevention in school aged children, and she has been involved in two major childhood obesity prevention studies.

Miranda completed her specialist training in Public Health in 2010 and is a member of the Faculty of Public Health. She completed a PhD degree in 2011, which focused in childhood obesity prevention targeting South Asian communities in the UK.


Teaching Programmes

Postgraduate supervision

Miranda is interested in supervising doctoral research students in the following areas:

  • Childhood obesity: epidemiology and prevention

If you are interesting in studying any of these subject areas please contact Miranda on the contact deatils above, or for any general doctoral research enquiries, please email: dr@contacts.bham.ac.uk or call +44 (0)121 414 5005.

For a full list of available Doctoral Research opportunities, please visit our Doctoral Research programme listings.   



Childhood obesity


Miranda’s research over the last 6 years has been focused on obesity in primary school aged children, and the development and evaluation of obesity prevention programmes. She has been an investigator on two major prevention studies during this time.

The BEACHeS study

The Birmingham healthy Eating and Active lifestyle for CHildren study was a 3 year childhood obesity prevention study that took place from 2006-9, funded by the National Prevention Research Initiative. The aim of the study was to develop and preliminarily evaluate a childhood obesity prevention programme aimed at 6-7 year old children. The developed intervention programme had particular relevance to UK South Asian communities. In the pilot study the intervention programme was found to be feasible and acceptable, and showed a favourable direction of effect on childhood obesity. The intervention programme developed in the BEACHeS study is now being definitively evaluated in a cluster randomised controlled trial in the West Midlands (WAVES study).

The WAVES study

The West Midlands ActiVe lifestyle and healthy Eating in School children study, funded by the NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme, is a cluster randomised controlled trial to assess the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a childhood obesity prevention programme aimed at 6-7 year old children. The 5 year study commenced in 2011.

Other research related to childhood obesity

Miranda's research interests also include exploration of the psychosocial outcomes of childhood obesity, particularly body image, and the association between sleep and childhood obesity.


1)      Adab P, Pallan MJ, Lancashire ER, Hemming K, Frew E, Griffin T, Barrett T, Bhopal R, Cade JE, Daley A, Deeks J, Duda J, Ekelund U, Gill P, McGee E, Parry J, Passmore S, Cheng KK. A cluster-randomised controlled trial to assess the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a childhood obesity prevention programme delivered through schools, targeting 6–7 year old children: the WAVES study protocol. BMC Public Health 2015, 15:488.        

2)      Griffin T, Clarke J, Lancashire E, Pallan M, Passmore S, Adab P. Teacher experiences of delivering an obesity prevention programme (The WAVES study intervention) in a primary school setting. Health Education Journal 2015, 74:655-667.

3)      Griffin TL, Pallan MJ, Clarke JL, Lancashire ER, Lyon A, Parry JM, Adab P. Process evaluation design in a cluster randomised controlled childhood obesity prevention trial: The WAVES study. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2014;11:112. 

4)      Adab P, Pallan MJ, Cade J, Ekelund U, Barrett T, Daley A, Deeks J, Duda, J, Gill P, Parry J, Bhopal R, Cheng KK.  Preventing childhood obesity, phase II feasibility study focusing on South Asians: BEACHeS. BMJ Open 2014;4:e004579.

5)      Pallan MJ, Adab P, Sitch A, Aveyard P. Are school physical activity characteristics associated with weight status in primary school children? A multilevel cross-sectional analysis of routine surveillance data. Arch Dis Child 2014; 99: 135-141.

6)      Frew EJ, Bhatti M, Win K, Sitch A, Lyon A, Pallan MJ, Adab P. Cost-effectiveness of a community based physical activity programme for adults (Be Active) in the UK: an economic analysis within a natural experiment. Br J Sports Med 2014; 48:207-212.

7)      Mohammadpour-Ahranjani B, Pallan MJ, Rashidi A, Adab P. Contributors to childhood obesity in Iran: The views of parents and school staff. Public Health 2014; 128: 83-90.

8)      Pallan M, Parry J, Cheng KK, Adab P. Development of a childhood obesity prevention programme with a focus on UK South Asian communities. Prev Med 2013; 57: 958-954.

9)      Clarke J, Fletcher B, Lancashire E, Pallan M, Adab P. The views of stakeholders on the role of the primary school in preventing childhood obesity: a qualitative systematic review. Obes Rev 2013; 14: 975-988.

10)   Knowles G, Pallan M, Thomas GN, Ekelund U, Cheng KK, Barrett T, Adab P. Physical activity and blood pressure in children: a longitudinal study. Hypertension 2013; 61: 70-75.

11)   Pallan M, Parry JM, Adab P. Contextual influences on the development of obesity in children: a case study of UK South Asian communities. Prev Med 2012; 54: 205–211.

12)   Pallan MJ, Hiam LC, Duda JL, Adab P. Body image, body dissatisfaction and weight status in South Asian children: a cross-sectional study. BMC Public Health 2011; 11: 21.

13)   Joseph AT, Pallan MJ, Buckley E, et al. Syphilis outbreak in Walsall: lessons for control and prevention. Int J STD & AIDS 2007; 18: 55-57.  

14)   Pallan MJ, Linnane JG, Ramaiah S. Evaluation of an independent, radiographer-led community diagnostic ultrasound service provided to general practitioners. J Public Health 2005; 27: 176-181.     

15)   Shah M, Oyebode F. The use of Mental Health Review Tribunals. Psychiatric Bulletin 1996; 20: 653-655.