Tuba Saygin Avsar MSc

Tuba Saygin Avsar

Institute of Applied Health Research
Doctoral Researcher

Contact details

Murray Learning Centre
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Tuba is a doctoral researcher working on an exciting project about the economic evaluation of smoking cessation interventions for pregnant women. Her PhD is fully sponsored by a competitive scholarship from the Turkish Ministry of Education.  Tuba’s main interest is health economics, especially economic evaluation in health care. She is also curious about health care policies and health inequalities.


  • MSc Health Care Management, Swansea University, 2016.
  • MSc Health Care Administration, Suleyman Demirel University (Turkey), 2015.
  • BSc (Hons) in Health Care Administration, Hacettepe University (Turkey), 2012.


Tuba worked as a research assistant at Suleyman Demirel University (Isparta, Turkey) for nearly three years. She completed her first master’s degree at the same university.  Meanwhile, she went to Washington State University as a visiting researcher and worked on “Triple Aim”. 

After that, she won a scholarship provided by the Turkish Ministry of Education to continue her postgraduate studies in the United Kingdom. Tuba completed her second master’s degree in Health Care Management at Swansea University. This master’s thesis was about Direct Costs of Diabetes Type-2 in Turkey. During her master’s studies, she also worked with the team in Health Economics Centre to conduct research about the cost-effectiveness of the social model of care.

Tuba won a Work Experience Scholarship provided by the University of Birmingham to undertake an internship at the Tobacco Free Initiative Department of WHO headquarters in Geneva. 

Tuba is now working on her PhD project which focuses on the economic evaluation of smoking cessation interventions in pregnancy. 


Doctoral research

PhD title
'Economic evaluation of smoking cessations intervention for pregnant smokers' Supervisors: Dr Hugh McLeod, Dr Louise Jackson, Dr Pelham Barton Expected year of completion: 2020


Tuba’s main interest is health economics, especially economic evaluation in health care. She is also curious about health care policies and health inequalities.

Tuba's previous research was on medical errors. Her previous master’s thesis topic was “Evaluating Health Service Consumers' Perceptions to Medical Errors”

Research groups and Centres:
  • Member, The Professional Society for Health Economics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR)
  • Member, Health Economists Study Group (HESG), UK


  • Avşar Saygin T.,McLeod H., Jackson Louise, Health Outcomes of Smoking During Pregnancy for the Mother and Infant: An Umbrealla Review (In progress).
  • Avsar Saygin T., Cullen K., Harris, S., Longo, M., Anderson, P., Bawden, R. The Lindsay Leg Club ® : does this social model of care deliver economic benefits?” Health Service Journal, 2016 (In progress).
  • Tufekci N., Saygin T. “Syndemic Approaches in Health Policy: A Conceptual Overview Created with Simulation Models”, Journal of Strategic Research in Social Science, 2015/1.
  • Songur H., Saygin T., “From Shifahane to Hospital: A View to Change of Healthcare Institutions”, Suleyman Demirel University, Journal of Social Sciences Institute: 2014/19.
  • Saygin T., Keklik B., “A Study about Causes of Medical Errors: Isparta Province Sample”, Hacettepe Journal of Health Administration: 17: 2: 2014.
  • Coyne, J., Hilsenrath, P., Arbuckle, B., Kureshy, F., Vaughan, D., Grayson, D., Saygin, T. “Triple Aim Program: Assessing Its Effectiveness as a Hospital Management Tool” Hospital Topics, 2014/ 92: 4.