Dr Maria Lisa Odland MD, PhD

Dr Maria Lisa Odland

Institute of Applied Health Research
Research Fellow Global Health

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Murray Learning Centre
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

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)


Maria Lisa was enrolled in the PhD programme whilst studying medicine at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and started research early on in her medical studies. Initial research was working on preeclampsia and congenital infections before she moved on to working on post abortion care in low income settings. In her PhD studies she trialled an intervention to improve the treatment of incomplete abortions in Malawi.

Her interest for global health was evident all through her medical studies and she entered into exchange semesters in Brazil, Australia and Malawi during her training. She finished her general internship in medicine at the Akershus University Hospital in Norway with focus on gynaecology, respiratory medicine, surgery and general practice. Straight after finishing her medical internship she travelled to Malawi to do the data collection for her PhD, which she defended in January 2019 just before starting here as a research fellow in Global Health at the University of Birmingham.



This project is to identify barriers in access to quality care for people who have been injured in lower and middle income countries, in particular Ghana, South Africa, and Rwanda.

Funded by the NIHR Global Health Policy and Systems Research (130036) and the Institute for Global Health Innovation at the University of Birmingham.

Research Groups and Centres

  • Global Health Research Unit, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Other activities

Board Member Norwegian Research School of Global Health 2017-2019


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