Dr Khalifa Elmusharaf MBBS, PgCert, PgDip, FRSPH, FFPH, MRSTMH, IPMA®C, PhD

Dr Khalifa Elmusharaf

Dubai Campus
Associate Professor in Public Health
Director of Public Health Programme

Contact details

University of Birmingham Dubai
International Academic City, Block-2
P.O Box 341799.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Dr Khalifa Elmusharaf is an Associate Professor and Director of the Public Health Programme at the University of Birmingham Dubai. 

Dr Elmusharaf is medically qualified. He obtained his PhD in Public Health from University of Galway in Ireland. He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health at the Royal College of Physicians UK, and is accredited reviewer by the European Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation (APHEA). He is also a certified strategic project manager by the International Project Management Association (IPMA), and a certified health professional educationalist from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI). 

Dr. Elmusharaf’s research focuses on maternal health and economics of non communicable diseases. He serves as an associate editor for several reputable academic journals including the BMC Public Health, BMC Health Services Research, and International Health Journals. 

Dr Elmusharaf's wealth of experience and impressive qualifications make him a valuable asset to the public health community. His dedication to improving global health outcomes is evident in his various roles and accomplishments.


  • Certificate in Strategic Project Management, Technological University Dublin (TUD), Ireland, 2021
  • IPMA®C Certified Project Manager, International Project Management Association, 2021
  • Diploma in Strategic Project and Program Management, Institute of Project Management - Ireland, 2021
  • Fellowship of the Faculty of Public Health (FFPH), Royal College of Physicians, UK, 2020
  • PhD in Public Health, National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland, 2015
  • PG Certificate in Health Professional Education, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), Ireland, 2015
  • Fellowship of the Royal Society of Public Health (FRSPH), London, UK, 2011
  • PG Certificate in Sexual and Reproductive Health Research, Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 2011
  • PG Diploma in Research Methodology & Biostatistics, UMST University Khartoum, Sudan, 2007
  • MBBS Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery, UMST University Khartoum, Sudan, 2002


Dr. Khalifa Elmusharaf is an accomplished public health expert with an impressive track record of achievements in academia and international organisations across Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. He is currently an Associate Professor and Director of the Public Health Programme at the University of Birmingham Dubai.

Dr. Elmusharaf's expertise is highly sought after by various organisations globally, including the World Health Organization (WHO), where he is a member of the technical advisory group on The Mother and Newborn Information for Tracking Outcomes and Results (MONITOR), the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Irish Global Health Network (IGHN), and a member of the Board of Directors of the Women and Health Together for the Future organisation (WHTF) in South Africa.

Dr. Elmusharaf has an impressive list of publications covering a range of topics, including maternal health, social exclusion, and health inequalities. His work has been featured in numerous reputable journals and books. His contributions to the field of public health research have been recognised globally, and his research has helped inform policies and practices aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of communities worldwide.

Dr Elmusharaf's vast experience in academia is highlighted by his appointment as a Founding Director of the Public Health Master's Programme at the University of Limerick in Ireland. Prior to this, he held various education and research positions, including serving as a Lecturer in Epidemiology & Public Health Medicine and Population at the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland in Bahrain. Additionally, he served as a Middle East Coordinator for the Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research (GFMER) and was the Director of the Reproductive & Child Health Research Unit (RCRU) at the UMST University in Sudan.

Dr. Elmusharaf has a remarkable educational journey that began with his MBBS degree from the UMST University in Sudan in 2002. He then earned a PG Diploma in Research Methodology & Biostatistics from UMST in 2007. In 2015, he obtained his PhD in public health from the University of Galway in Ireland, where his innovative research in South Sudan identified access determinants and delays and engaged marginalized women with stakeholders to ensure integrated knowledge translation. Dr. Elmusharaf also earned a PG Certificate in Health Professionals Education from the RCSI in 2015, where he was trained to use technology-enhanced learning to support teaching and learning. He was elected a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom (FPH) through distinction in 2020 and completed a Diploma in Strategic Project & Program Management from the Institute of Project Management in 2021.

Throughout his career, Dr. Elmusharaf has demonstrated a commitment to public health and has worked on several projects in different areas, including women's health and community development. He has received several awards and honors for his contributions to the field, including the Conference Ambassador Recognition Award from the Shannon Region Conference and Sports Bureau, the Tamas Fülöp Award from The Network: Towards Unity for Health, and the Excellence Leadership Award from the University of Limerick. Dr. Elmusharaf continues to advocate for public health and works to advance the field through his research, teaching, and community engagement.


Postgraduate supervision

I have supervised a number of PhD students on a wide range of public health topics. I welcome applications from PhD students in any of my current areas of interest:
1. Maternal health
2. Economics of non-communicable diseases

My previous PhD and MD students include:
• Robert Smyth (University of Limerick, awarded 2018). Addressing the Harms Related to Youth Substance Use: Treatment of Individuals and Population Focused Legislative Responses.
• Lisa Moran (University of Limerick, awarded 2019). The Lived Experience of 'Opioid Use Disorder' in Ireland in The 21st Century.
• Patrick O’Donnell (University of Limerick, awarded 2022). Measuring and operationalising social exclusion in the context of primary healthcare in Ireland.

Current PhD students:
• Aisha Shalash (University of Limerick, expected 2024). Assessing the Adolescent Health Information System in Humanitarian Settings.
• Sébastien poix (University of Limerick, expected 2025). Assessing the cost-effectiveness of a package of preconception care interventions in low and middle countries.


Research interests

Maternal health and economics of non-communicable diseases. 


 Current projects

Dr. Khalifa Elmusharaf has contributed to various areas of research in public health, ranging from substance abuse and social exclusion to healthcare policy and ethics. His research has been published in numerous reputable journals and books, and his contributions to the field have been recognized globally. Here are some highlights of his research activities.


Social Exclusion:

Dr. Elmusharaf has conducted research on the health and social impacts of crack cocaine use in Limerick City and the barriers to progress through a methadone maintenance treatment program. He has also developed tools for measuring social exclusion in healthcare settings and has studied the impact of community cohesion on violence against women in Ghana, Pakistan, and South Sudan. His research in this area sheds light on the complex detrminants of different forms of social exclusion and highlights the needed interventions.


Healthcare Policy and Ethics:

Dr. Elmusharaf has evaluated the economic benefits of investing in the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases in the six countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council and has advocated for the standardization of data collection and sharing in humanitarian settings. He has also studied the inclusion of equity stratifiers for the measurement of health inequalities within health and social care data collections in Ireland and has developed a national undergraduate curriculum for health professionals on health behavior change. Dr. Elmusharaf's research in this area provides insights into the policy and ethical considerations that underlie public health interventions and the importance of evidence-based decision-making in healthcare.


Maternal Health:

Dr. Elmusharaf has conducted research on the determinants of pathways to reach comprehensive emergency obstetric and neonatal care in South Sudan and has used participatory ethnographic evaluation and research to understand the complexity of maternal health issues in the region. He has also studied the impact of social and traditional practices on family planning in Renk, South Sudan. Dr. Elmusharaf's research in this area highlights the importance of understanding cultural context in the development of maternal health interventions and the need for community involvement in the design and implementation of such programs.


Overall, Dr. Elmusharaf's research activities demonstrate his commitment to advancing the field of public health through rigorous and innovative research that addresses pressing global health challenges.

Other activities

Editorial Boards

•       International Health Royal Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene
•       BMC Health Services Research
•       BMC Public Health 

International organisations

  • Chair of Board of Director of the Irish Global Health Network IGHN
  • Advisor on the Steering committee of Health Systems in Fragile and Conflict Affected States at Health Systems Global  (TWG-FCAS)
  • Member of the Advisory Board of of Network: Toward Unity for health TUFH
  • Member of Board of Directors of the Women and Health Together for the Future Organization WHTF
  • Advisor to UNDP on Economics of Non-Communicable Diseases Prevention and Control
  • Advisor to WHO on Mother and Newborn Information for Tracking Outcomes and Results (MONITOR)


Recent publications


Alukagberie, ME, Elmusharaf, K, Ibrahim, N & Poix, S 2023, 'Factors associated with adolescent pregnancy and public health interventions to address in Nigeria: a scoping review', Reproductive Health, vol. 20, no. 1, 95. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12978-023-01629-5

Mairghani, M, Sorensen, J, Elmusharaf, K, Patton, D & Moore, Z 2023, 'The health–related quality of life in patients with diabetic foot ulcers in the Kingdom of Bahrain', Journal of Tissue Viability. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtv.2023.06.007

Poix, S, Ibrahim, N, Scriver, S, Raghavendra, S, Duvvury, N & Elmusharaf, K 2022, 'Community cohesion and violence against women in Ghana, Pakistan, and South Sudan: a secondary data analysis', Women's Health , vol. 18. https://doi.org/10.1177/17455057221123998

Daboin, BEG, Bezerra, IMP, Morais, TC, Portugal, I, Echeimberg, JDO, Cesar, AEM, Cavalcanti, MPE, Jacintho, LC, Raimundo, RD, Elmusharaf, K, Siqueira, CE & de Abreu, LC 2022, 'Deciphering Multifactorial Correlations of COVID-19 Incidence and Mortality in the Brazilian Amazon Basin', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 19, no. 3, 1153. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19031153

Raj, S, Kelly, D, Siddig, M, Muppidi, P, O’connor, C, Mckeague, H, Dixon, M, Alshahrani, MS, Alhazmi, A & Elmusharaf, K 2022, 'Design and Evaluation of Interprofessional Training Program for Healthcare Students from Collectivistic Culture', Medical science educator, vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 447–455. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40670-022-01536-7

O’Donnell, P, Hannigan, A, Ibrahim, N, O’Donovan, D & Elmusharaf, K 2022, 'Developing a tool for the measurement of social exclusion in healthcare settings', International Journal for Equity in Health, vol. 21, no. 1, 35. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12939-022-01636-1

da Costa, VDE, Bezerra, IMP, Siqueira, CE, Leitão, FNC, da Silva, LG, Daboin, BEG, Elmusharaf, K & de Abreua, LC 2022, 'Outcome Measure Epidemiological of Female Inmates in West Amazon, Brazil', Journal of Human Growth and Development, vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 92-100. https://doi.org/10.36311/jhgd.v32.12616

Elmusharaf, K, Grafton, D, Jung, JS, Roberts, E, Al-Farsi, Y, Al nooh, AA, Bin belaila, B, Elshamy, A, Al-Zuabi, H, Al mutawa, KA, Alraisi, S, Al lawat, N, Gharbal, A, Alomary, S, Kulikov, A, Pourghazian, N, Slama, S, Tarlton, D & Banatvala, N 2022, 'The case for investing in the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases in the six countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council: an economic evaluation', BMJ Global Health, vol. 7, no. 6, e008670. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjgh-2022-008670


Elmusharaf, K, Byrne, E & O'Donovan, D 2022, Governance in conflict-affected fragile states: Systems thinking for collaborative decision-making in reproductive health. in F Vallières, H Mannan, N Kodate & F Larkan (eds), Systems Thinking for Global Health: How can systems-thinking contribute to solving key challenges in Global Health?. 1st edn, Oxford University Press, pp. 133-144. https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780198799498.003.0011

Conference article

Shalash, A, Kelly, D, Elmusharaf, K & Abu-Rmeileh, N 2023, 'Adolescent health indicators in humanitarian settings: A crosscountry comparison', Population Medicine, vol. 5, pp. 341-342. https://doi.org/10.18332/POPMED/164485

Shalash, A, Abu-Rmeileh, N, Elmusharaf, K & Wahdan, Y 2023, 'Health information system evaluation tools: a scoping review and tool development', Population Medicine, vol. 5, A642. https://doi.org/10.18332/popmed/164461


Pérez-Riera, AR, Barros, RB, Nikus, K & Elmusharaf, K 2022, 'COVID-19 and influenza: implications in the public health context', Journal of Human Growth and Development, vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 6-9. https://doi.org/10.36311/jhgd.v32.12968

Honorio-França, AC, de, ALC, Elmusharaf, K, Siqueira, E & França, EL 2022, 'Editorial: Breast milk: From nutrition to immunological action', Frontiers in immunology, vol. 13, 1036008. https://doi.org/10.3389/fimmu.2022.1036008

Review article

Mairghani, M, Patton, D, Sorensen, J, Elmusharaf, K, Jassim, G, Eltahir, O & Moore, Z 2024, 'Health-related quality of life in patients with diabetic foot ulcers in the Arab world: a systematic review', Journal of Wound Care, vol. 33, no. 4, pp. 253-261. https://doi.org/10.12968/jowc.2024.33.4.253

Poix, S & Elmusharaf, K 2023, 'Investigating the pathways from preconception care to preventing maternal, perinatal and child mortality: A scoping review and causal loop diagram', Preventive Medicine Reports, vol. 34, 102274. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pmedr.2023.102274

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