Dr Muslim Abbas Syed MBChB, Dip.OHSE, MPH, MSc Health Economics, MCPS HPE, PhD

Dr Muslim Abbas Syed

Institute of Applied Health Research
Research Fellow

Contact details

College of Medical and Dental Sciences
Murray Learning Centre, 2nd Floor
University of Birmingham
Birmingham, B15 2TT

Dr Muslim Abbas Syed is a public health specialist, health economist and medical educationist.


  • PhD Health Services Research (with focus on Health Economics), 2022
  • MSc in Health Economics & Health Policy, University of Birmingham, 2018
  • Membership of Physicians and Surgeons Health Professionals Education, 2019
  • Master in Public Health, University of Sheffield, 2011
  • MBChB, 2006


Dr Syed Muslim Abbas is a public health specialist, health economist and medical educationist with over 13 years of work experience. His qualifications include: a first degree in Medicine, Master in Public Health, MSc Health economics and Health Policy, Membership of College of Physician and Surgeons Health Professionals Education and a PhD in Health Services Research. Moreover, he won the prestigious Chevening Scholarship in 2017 for MSc Health Economics & Health Policy and Birmingham Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Scholarship in 2018 for PhD at University of Birmingham.

Dr Syed has worked for prestigious higher education institutions and leading health based organisations such as University of Sheffield, Kings College London, University of York, University of Birmingham, World Health Organisation, Mercy Corps International & UNICEF. He is a published researcher (with 21 research articles published in high impact journals) and has reviewed more than 700 research articles for Journals such as BMC Trials, BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, Public Health and PLOS One to date.

His research interests include quality of life research, patient reported outcomes, healthy ageing and healthcare management. Currently he is working on outcomes assessment for healthy ageing trials which is a UKSPINE funded research project.



Research interests:

quality of life research, healthy ageing, health services research.

Current projects:

outcomes assessment of healthy ageing trials.


Selected publications:

Syed, M.A., Aiyegbusi, O.L., Marston, E. et al. Optimising the selection of outcomes for healthy ageing trials: a mixed methods study. GeroScience 44, 2585–2609 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11357-022-00690-5

Jiang X, Jackson LJ, Syed MA, Avşar TS, Abdali Z. Economic evaluations of tobacco control interventions in low‐and middle‐income countries: a systematic review. Addiction. 2022 Mar 8.

Siddiqi K, Shah S, Abbas SM, Vidyasagaran A, Jawad M, Dogar O, Sheikh A. Global burden of disease due to smokeless tobacco consumption in adults: analysis of data from 113 countries. BMC medicine. 2015 Dec;13(1):1-22.

Abbas SM, Lee A, Mubashir H. Competencies required from public health professionals by health based organisations and the role of academia. J Pak Med Assoc. 2014 Jan 1;64(1):57-63.

Alam AY, Abbas SM, Malik MR. Public health and the undergraduate medical curriculum: Are we preparing physicians for the 21st century?. J Pak Me d Assoc. 2013 Oct 1;63:1241-7.

Abbas SM, Alam AY, Majid A. To determine the probable causes of death in an urban slum community of Pakistan among adults 18 years and above by verbal autopsy. JPMA-Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association. 2011 Mar 1;61(3):235.

Hussain AR, Abbas SM, Uzma Q, Reza TE. Patient’s perception, compliance to treatment and health education of antiretroviral therapy among HIV patients at a tertiary healthcare setting. J Pak Med Assoc. 2013 Jul 1;63(7):846-9.