Dr Mandana Zanganeh MD, MSc

Dr Mandana Zanganeh

Institute of Applied Health Research
Doctoral Researcher

Contact details

Murray Learning Centre
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Mandana is a Doctoral Researcher working on an exciting project about the cross-cultural comparison of economic evaluations of obesity prevention interventions in children: United Kingdom and China.

Her PhD is fully funded by a competitive studentship from the University of Birmingham.

Her main research interests include public health economics, economic evaluation of public health interventions and the wider determinants of health.


  • MSc in Public Health, Anglia Ruskin University, 2014
  • Doctorate Degree in Medicine, Tehran Azad University of Medical Sciences, 2003


Mandana completed a medical degree with distinction in 2003 and a Masters degree in Public Health with distinction in 2014.

In her medical degree dissertation, she estimated the incidence of Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia from pap smears amongst women in Iran and described the manner of treatment in Loghman Hospital in Iran from 1994 to 2002.

In her Masters dissertation, she conducted a systematic review to identify factors that influence men’s decisions to have a Prostate-Specific Antigen test for prostate cancer in the UK and the USA.

Mandana worked as a medical doctor in Iran from 2003 to 2012. She worked as a research assistant at Anglia Ruskin University from 2013-2015.

In 2016, Mandana was awarded a scholarship for a 3-year PhD research project at the University of Birmingham.

Mandana is interested in public health economics and the wider determinants of health. She is currently working on her PhD thesis: “Cross-cultural comparison of obesity prevention in children: United Kingdom and China”.

Doctoral research

PhD title
Cross-cultural comparison of economic evaluations of obesity prevention interventions in children: United Kingdom and China Expected year of completion : 2019 Supervisors:  Dr Emma Frew, Professor Peymane Adab & Dr Bai Li


Mandana’s PhD research is focused on the understanding of global trends in childhood obesity and making cross-country comparisons of the cost-effectiveness of obesity prevention and treatment interventions in school-aged children.

 As well as working to complete her PhD, Mandana is working towards publishing and presenting the findings from her research at national and international conferences.

Research groups and centres: Mandana is a member of the iHEA Economics of Obesity Special Interest Group.

Other activities

Professional experiences:

  • 10 years work experience as a Medical Doctor in Iran (2003-2012)
  • Research Assistant at Anglia Ruskin University, Health Department (2013-2015)
  • Postgraduate Teaching Assistant for the Economic Evaluation Module at the University of Birmingham (November 2017)

Awarded scholarships

  • PhD Studentship awarded by the University of Birmingham, 2016-2019

Current memberships

  • Medical Council of Iran
  • iHEA Economics of Obesity Special interest Group
  • Health Economists' Study Group (HESG) UK
  • Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO)
  • Health Economics Unit (HEU)
  • Obesity Prevention and Management Research Group (OPMRG)
  • Early Career Research Academic Group (ECRAG)


Zanganeh M, Adab P, Li B, Frew E. A Systematic Review of Methods, Study Quality, and Results of Economic Evaluation for Childhood and Adolescent Obesity Intervention. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2019;16(3):485.

Zanganeh M, Adab P, Li B, Frew E. Protocol for a systematic review of methods and cost-effectiveness findings of economic evaluations of obesity prevention and/or treatment interventions in children and adolescents. BMC Systematic Reviews. 2018;54(7):1-7.

 Andrew S, McVicar A, Zanganeh M, Henderson N. Self‐efficacy and relevance of bioscience for nursing, midwifery and healthcare students. Journal of clinical nursing. 2015;24(19-20):2965-72.