Dr Maria Lisa Odland MD, PhD

Maria Lisa Odland

Institute of Applied Health Research
Honorary Research Fellow Global Health

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Murray Learning Centre
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Maria Lisa is an Honorary Research Fellow in Global Health. Maria Lisa has been interested in global health before starting medical school in 2007 and spent her training in several different countries; Brazil, Australia and Malawi in addition to Norway.

She has a particular interest in reproductive health and holds a PhD on post abortion care from Malawi. Maria Lisa has recently started as a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Birmingham and is currently working on other very important global health issues regarding health systems, global surgery, multimorbidity and non-communicable diseases.


  • PhD in Medicine 2019 (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU) 
  • Internship in Medicine 2014-2016 (Akershus University Hospital)
  • MD 2014 (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU)

Other activities

Board Member Norwegian Research School of Global Health 2017-2019


Recent publications


Usmani, BA, Ali Lakhdir, MP, Sameen, S, Batool, S, Odland, ML, Goodman-Palmer, D, Agyapong-Badu, S, Hirschhorn, LR, Greig, C & Davies, J 2024, 'Exploring the priorities of ageing populations in Pakistan, comparing views of older people in Karachi City and Thatta', PLOS One.

Casadei Donatelli, D, Goodman-Palmer, D, Odland, ML, Agyapong-Badu, S, da Cruz-Alves, N, Rosenburg, M, Hirschhorn, L, Greig, C, Davies, J, Barbosa do Nascimento, V & Ferrioli, E 2024, 'Identification of the needs and priorities of older people and stakeholders in rural and urban areas of Santo Andre, Brazil', PLOS One, vol. 19, no. 5, e0297489. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0297489

Uwizeyimana, T, Uwimana, A, Inkotanyi , CF, Goodman-Palmer, D, Ntaganira, S, Kanyana , L, Odland, ML, Agyapong-Badu, S, Hirschhorn, L, Yohannes, T, Greig, C & Davies, J 2024, 'Priorities and barriers for ageing well; results from stakeholder workshops in rural and urban Rwanda', PLOS One, vol. 19, no. 4, e0297299. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0297299

Odland, ML, Abdul-Latif, A-M, Ignatowicz, A, Bekele, A, Chu, K, Howard, A, Tabiri, S, Byiringiro, JC & Davies, J 2023, 'Governance for injury care systems in Ghana, South Africa and Rwanda: development and pilot testing of an assessment tool', BMJ open, vol. 13, no. 9, e074088. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2023-074088

Owolabi, EO, Ferreira, K, Nyamathe , S, Ignatowicz, A, Odland, ML, Abdul-Latif, A-M, Byiringiro, JC, Davies, J & Chu, KM 2023, 'Social determinants of seeking and reaching injury care in South Africa: a community-based qualitative study', Annals of Global Health, vol. 89, no. 1, 5. https://doi.org/10.5334/aogh.4003

Odland, ML, Gassama, K, Bockarie, T, Wurie, H, Ansumana, R, Witham, MD, Oyebode, O, Hirschhorn, LR & Davies, J 2022, 'Cardiovascular disease risk profile and management among people 40 years of age and above in Bo, Sierra Leone: a cross-sectional study', PLOS One, vol. 17, no. 9, e0274242. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0274242

Magreta chakhame, B, Darj, E, Mwapasa, M, Kafulafula, U, Chiudzu, G, Maluwa, A, Malata, A, Odland, JØ & Odland, ML 2022, 'Effectiveness of a training intervention in increasing the use of misoprostol in postabortion care in Malawi: a quasi-experimental study', BMJ open, vol. 12, no. 12, e061886. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2022-061886

Odland, ML, Ismail, S, Sepanlou, SG, Poustchi, H, Sadjadi, A, Pourshams, A, Marshall, T, Witham, MD, Malekzadeh, R & Davies, J 2022, 'Multimorbidity and associations with clinical outcomes in a middle aged population in Iran: a longitudinal cohort study', BMJ Global Health, vol. 7, no. 5, e007278. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjgh-2021-007278

Mac Quene , T, Smith , L, Odland, ML, Levine, S, D’Ambruoso , L, Davies, J & Chu, K 2022, 'Prioritising and mapping barriers to achieve equitable surgical care in South Africa: a multi-disciplinary stakeholder workshop', Global Health Action, vol. 15, no. 1, 2067395. https://doi.org/10.1080/16549716.2022.2067395

Breedt , DS, Odland, ML & Davies, J 2021, 'Identifying knowledge needed to improve surgical care in Southern Africa using a theory of change approach', BMJ Global Health, vol. 6, no. 6, e005629. https://doi.org/10.1136/ bmjgh-2021-005629

Bockarie, T, Odland, ML, Wurie, H, Ansumana, R, Lamin, J, Witham, M, Oyebode, O & Davies, J 2021, 'Prevalence and socio-demographic associations of diet and physical activity risk-factors for cardiovascular disease in Bo, Sierra Leone', BMC Public Health, vol. 21, no. 1, 1530. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-021-11422-3

Sevalie, S, Youkee, D, van Duinen, AJ, Bailey, E, Bangura, T, Mangipudi, S, Mansaray, E, Odland, ML, Parmar, D, Samura, S, van Delft, D, Wurie, H, Davies, J, Bolkan, H & Leather , AJM 2021, 'The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on hospital utilisation in Sierra Leone', BMJ Global Health, vol. 6, no. 10, e005988. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjgh-2021-005988

Ismail, S, Odland, ML, Malik , A, Weldegiorgis , M, Newbigging, K, Peden , M, Woodward, M & Davies, J 2021, 'The relationship between psychosocial circumstances and injuries in adolescents: An analysis of 87,269 individuals from 26 countries using the Global School-based Student Health Survey', PLoS Medicine, vol. 18, no. 9, e1003722, pp. 1-29. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pmed.1003722

Review article

Odland, ML, Abdul-Latif, A-M, Ignatowicz, A, Alyande, B, Ofori, BA, Balanikas, E, Bekele, A, Belli, T, Chu, KM, Ferreira, K, Howard, A, Nzasabimana , P, Owolabi, EO, Nyamathe , S, Kunfah, SMP, Tabriri, S, Yakubu, M, Whitaker, J, Byiringiro, JC, Davies, J & The EquiTrauma Collaborative 2022, 'Equitable access to quality trauma systems in low-income and middle-income countries: assessing gaps and developing priorities in Ghana, Rwanda and South Africa', BMJ Global Health, vol. 7, no. 4, e008256. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjgh-2021-008256

Lambert, AM, Parretti, HM, Pearce, E, Price, MJ, Riley, M, Ryan, R, Tyldesley-marshall, N, Avşar, TS, Matthewman, G, Lee, A, Ahmed, K, Odland, ML, Correll, CU, Solmi, M & Marshall, T 2022, 'Temporal trends in associations between severe mental illness and risk of cardiovascular disease: A systematic review and meta-analysis', PLoS Medicine, vol. 19, no. 4, e1003960. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pmed.1003960

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