Dr Nisha Dhanda BSc, PG.Dip, MEd, SFHEA, FRSPH, PhD

Dr Nisha Dhanda

Dubai Campus
Assistant Professor of Public Health and Deputy Programme Director, Master of Public Health, Dubai
Senior Tutor and Head of Student Engagement
MDS Athena Swan Self-Assessment Lead

Contact details

Dubai International Academic City
PO Box 341799


  • PhD, Health and Life Sciences, Aston University
  • Master of Education with Distinction, Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Aston University
  • Postgraduate Diploma, Rehabilitative Audiology, Queen Margaret University
  • BSc (Hons) with Clinical Distinction, Audiology, University of Manchester
  • Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy
  • Fellow of Royal Society of Public Health


Nisha has a clinical background in Audiology, and wide-ranging experience in clinical, teaching and research roles. Nisha moved into Public Health research whilst living in Qatar, where she worked at a global top 20 medical college branch campus, researching obesity and diabetes within the region. Nisha worked at University of Birmingham as part of the Horizon Scanning Centre, where she researched public health sources for intelligence about emerging health technologies and reported to the National Institute of Health Excellence and other NHS policy makers. Nisha formally moved into an academic role at Aston University, as a Lecturer in Health Sciences (Audiology) and was the Public and Global Health Lead for Aston Medical School. During this time Nisha completed her mixed-methods PhD on the topic of hearing, cognition, and social isolation in older adults. More recently, Nisha has moved to the Dubai campus of University of Birmingham as an Assistant Professor in Public Health and Deputy Programme Director. In addition to Nisha’s academic roles, she is the co-lead of the Race Equality Network and chairs the post-graduate student-staff forum meetings for the Dubai campus.


Nisha teaches on all modules within the MPH Dubai programme:

  • Epidemiology, Statistics and Research Methods
  • Practical Epidemiology and Statistics
  • Systematic Reviews and Evidence Synthesis
  • Healthcare Public Health
  • Health Information and Health Informatics
  • Health Protection
  • Health Improvement
  • Dissertation 


My research interests are centred on the improved quality of life for people living with hearing and communication disorders, and associated comorbidities. I am an applied health researcher within the public health domain and have a particular interest in the social determinants of health. I can use a variety of research methods that are appropriate to the research question. I have experience in systematic reviews, meta-analyses, multiple linear regression analyses, Grounded Theory, and patient and public involvement initiatives. 

Current projects

Patient and Public Involvement Lead for non-clinical and marginalised communities as part of an NIHR funded study developing a Patient Reported Experience Measure to use in Audiology services.


Dhanda, N., Hall, A., & Martin, J. (2024). Does social isolation mediate the association between hearing loss and cognition in adults? A systematic review and meta-analysis of longitudinal studies. Frontiers in Public Health, 12.

Hussain, S., Wilkes, C., & Dhanda, N. (2023). Shared decision making: audiology student perspectives. Frontiers in Rehabilitation Sciences, 4. 

Dhanda, N., & Pryce, H. (2023). An ethnography study exploring factors that influence social isolation in care home residents living with dementia and hearing loss. BMC Geriatrics, 23, 593. 

Pryce, H., & Dhanda, N. (2023). Older People and Hearing chapter in Nursing Older People (5th ed.). Redfern. ISBN: 9780702082467. International Textbook. 

Dhanda, N., & Taheri, S. (2017). A narrative review of obesity and hearing loss. International Journal of Obesity (London), 41(7), 1066-1073.