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Dr Saeideh Babashahi

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Dr Saeideh Babashahi (PhD, MSc, BSc)

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Health Economics

Areas of expertise: Decision analysis, multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA), health economic evaluation and modelling, cost of illness analysis, econometrics

Research areas: Non-communicable diseases, HIV/AIDS, pharmaceuticals and prescribing interventions and women’s health, healthcare provider payment mechanisms

Other relevant positions: Early Career Researcher representative for BSMS Research Governance and Ethics Committee, Early Career Researcher representative at BSMS


Saeideh joined the Department of Global Health and Infection as a postdoctoral research fellow in health economics in 2021. She currently works on a NIHR-funded research project about evaluating supplementary prescribing by dieticians and independent prescribing by therapeutic radiographers. Saeideh earned her master’s degree in health economics from Tehran University of Medical Sciences in 2011. Saeideh had a successful career at the Ministry of Health and Medical Education (MoHME) in Iran, where she was involved in different national projects, e.g. “reforming the health provider payment mechanisms” and “revising the relative value units (RVUs) of health and medical procedures” in Iran (2010-2013). In 2013, she was awarded a five-year PhD scholarship by the Turkish government to do her PhD studies in health management at Hacettepe University (HU). During this time, she learned the Turkish language (the official language at HU) and passed all the papers required for the PhD programme at HU. However, in 2016, she was awarded a fully-funded doctoral scholarship to pursue her PhD studies in health economics. As her passion was working towards this research area, she decided to leave the PhD programme in Turkey in favour of her genuine passion for health economics at the University of Otago. As part of her PhD research, Saeideh investigated the use of multi-criteria decision analysis to develop and pilot a prioritisation framework to support health research funding decision-making for non-communicable diseases. She demonstrated that the prioritisation framework is feasible and effective and could be used to prioritise other health conditions.


Saeideh is currently involved in the following research projects: 

  • Social Sciences for Severe Stigmatising Skin Diseases (the 5-S Foundation), NIHR Research and Innovation for Global Health Transformation Programme.
  •  Innovation in the Allied Health Professions: Evaluation of supplementary prescribing by dieticians and independent prescribing by therapeutic radiographers. NIHR Policy Research Programme. 

She is very interested in working with other researchers in the areas related to health economics, priority-setting and decision-making, mainly using MCDA methods.


Saeideh teaches “Economics of Global Health” within the Global Health Principles module and a seminar on "Economic Evaluation” within the Global Health Research Methodology and Methods module.

Selected publications

Babashahi S, Hansen P, & Sullivan T. (2021). Creating a priority list of non-communicable diseases to support health research funding decision-making, Health Policy, 125(2), 221-8.

Babashahy S, & Baghbanian A. (2017). An approach to relative value units in Iran, Archives of Iranian Medicine, 20(1), 71-2.

Babashahy, S, Baghbanian A, Manavi A, Akbari Sari A, & Olyaee-Manesh A. (2017). Towards reforming health provider payment methods: Evidence from Iran, Health Scope, 6(1), e33575.

Babashahy S, Baghbanian A, Manavi A, Akbari Sari A, Olyaee-Manesh A, Ghaffari S, & et al. (2016). Insight into provider payment mechanisms in healthcare industry: A case of Iran, Iranian Journal of Public Health, 45(5), 693-5.

Babashahy S, Manavi S, & Akbari Sari A. (2015). Impact of primary stage of targeted subsidies scheme on inflation growth and extra costs of hoteling in public hospitals in Iran [in Persian], Hakim Research Journal, 18(1), 49-54.

Shakerian Rostami S, Moradi-Lakeh M, Esteghamati A, Mobinizadeh M, Shokraneh F, Babashahi S, & et al. (2014). Efficacy and safety of rotavirus vaccine in children under five years: Systematic review and meta-analysis [in Persian], Journal of Isfahan Medical School, 32(302), 1-18.

Akbari Sari A, Babashahy S, Olyaee-Manesh A, & Rashidian A. (2012). Estimating the frequency and rate of first 50 common types of invasive procedures in Iran healthcare system, Iranian Journal of Public Health, 41(10), 60-4.

Bahadori M, Babashahy S, & Hakimzadeh SM. (2012). Costs of HIV/AIDS: A case study in Iran, Scientific Research and Essays, 7(6), 693-7.

Bahadori M, Babashahy S, Teymourzadeh E, & Hakimzadeh SM. (2012). Activity-based costing in Health Care Centre: A case study of Iran, African Journal of Business Management, 6(6), 2181-6.

Fayaz-Bakhsh A, Babashahy S, Jarrahi L, Rafiei S. (2011). Comparison of the knowledge, attitude and practice of Iranian College students about tobacco use in comparison to their American and Chinese counterparts, International Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2(3), 139-44.

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