Dr Miranda Pallan MBChB, MPH, PhD, MFPH

Dr Miranda Pallan

Institute of Applied Health Research
Clinical Research Fellow

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.


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

GM Knowles, P Adab, MJ Pallan, EDP Marston, GN Thomas (2010) The Beaches Project. Every Child Journal 1: 50-54.

Joseph AT, Pallan MJ, Buckley E, et al. (2007) Syphilis outbreak in Walsall: lessons for control and prevention. International Journal of STD & AIDS 18(1): 55-57.  

Pallan MJ, Linnane JG, Ramaiah S. (2005) Evaluation of an independent, radiographer-led community diagnostic ultrasound service provided to general practitioners. J Public Health 27(2): 176-181. 

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