Dr Maria Lisa Odland MD, PhD

Maria Lisa Odland

Institute of Applied Health Research
Honorary Research Fellow Global Health

Contact details

+47 971 255 69
View my research portal
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


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, 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

Odland, ML, Payne, C, Witham, MD, Siedner, MJ, Bärnighausen, T, Buontogo, M, Coulibaly, B, Geldsetzer, P, Harling, G, Manne-Goehler, J, Ouermi, L, Sie, A & Davies, J 2020, 'Epidemiology of multimorbidity in conditions of extreme poverty: A population-based study of older adults in rural Burkina Faso', BMJ Global Health, vol. 5, no. 3, e002096. https://doi.org/10.1136/ bmjgh-2019-002096

Odland, ML, Nepogodiev, D, Morton, D, Martin, J, Bekele, A, Ghosh, D, Ademuyiwa, AO, Davies, J & Weiser, TG 2020, 'Identifying a basket of surgical procedures to standardize global surgical metrics: an international Delphi study', Annals of surgery, vol. Publish Ahead of Print, no. 00, pp. 1-17. https://doi.org/10.1097/SLA.0000000000004611

Odland, ML, Whitaker , J, Nepogodiev, D, Aling, CA, Bagawhira, I, Dushime, T, Erlangga, D, Mpirimbanyi, C, Muneza, S, Nkeshimana, M, Nyundo, M, Umuhoza, C, Uwitonce, E, Steans, J, Rushton, A, Belli, A, Byiringiro, JC, Bekele, A & Davies, J 2020, 'Identifying, prioritizing and visually mapping barriers to injury care in Rwanda: a multi-disciplinary stakeholder exercise', World journal of surgery.

Ignatowicz, A, Odland, ML, Bockarie, T, Wurie, H, Ansumana, R, Kelly, AH, Willott, C, Witham, MD & Davies, J 2020, 'Knowledge and understanding of cardiovascular disease risk factors in Sierra Leone: a qualitative study of patients’ and community leaders’ perceptions', BMJ open, vol. 10, no. 12, e038523. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-038523

Odland, ML, Bockarie, T, Wurie, H, Ansumana, R, Lamin, J, Nugent, R, Bakolis, I, Witham, M & Davies, J 2020, 'Prevalence and access to care for cardiovascular risk factors in older people in Sierra Leone: a cross-sectional survey', BMJ open, vol. 10, no. 9, e038520. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-038520

View all publications in research portal