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Dr Saeideh Babashahi

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Dr Saeideh Babashahi (PhD, MSc, BSc)

Research Fellow in Health Economics
T: +44 (0)1273 877817
Location: Medical Teaching Building, Room 3.11

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

Research areas: Decision analysis, multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA), health economic modelling, economic evaluation, cost of illness analysis, cost analysis, health equity, women's health, irrational use of medicine, climate change, social care, mental health, non-communicable diseases, infectious diseases, neglected tropical diseases.

Other roles: 

  • Member of Centre of Excellence for Global Health Research Steering Group, ECR representative (Oct 2023 - present)
  • Member of the Pre-Sponsorship Review Panel (PSRP) BSMS Panel (Oct 2023 - present)
  • Member of the Annual Progress Review Panel for PhD students (August 2023 -present)
  • Reviewer for BSMS Research Governance and Ethics Committee (May 2021 - present)

Past roles:

  • BSMS early career researcher (ECR) representative at the University of Sussex (2021-2023)


Saeideh is a trained health economist with research interests in cost analysis, cost of illness analysis, health economic evaluation and modelling and using multi-criteria decision analysis for decision-making and priority-setting, particularly in the healthcare system. Saeideh’s past and current research work include HIV, TB, non-communicable diseases, non-medical prescribing, social care, climate change, and health provider payment mechanisms in the UK, African countries, New Zealand and Iran.


Saeideh is currently involved in the following research projects: 

  • Adaptations to strengthen healthcare delivery and resilience to extreme weather events in Southern Africa (ASTRA). Funded by NIHR Research and Innovation for Global Health Transformation programme, (2024-2028) (amount: £3m; setting: South Africa, Zambia, Mozambique).
  • Evaluation of the Social and Economic impact of Extreme weather Events in people living with HIV (S3E). Funded by Medical Research Foundation, (2023-2026) (amount: £300k; setting: South Africa).
  • Improving collaborative inter-agency systems and practice in self-neglect: identifying barriers and co-producing solutions. Funded by the Health Services & Delivery stream of the NIHR (2022-2024) (amount: £474k; setting: UK).
  • Innovation in the Allied Health Professions: Evaluation of supplementary prescribing by dieticians and independent prescribing by therapeutic radiographers. Funded by NIHR Policy Research Programme (2019-2024) (amount: £501K; setting: UK).


Saeideh teaches “Economics of Global Health” within the Global Health Principles module and a seminar on "Critical Appraisal” within the Global Health Research Methodology and Methods module. She also is an Academic Skills Tutor and delivers a student-selected short component on "Introduction to Health Economics and Economic Evaluation" for BSMS undergraduate medical students. She has also co-developed a new module entitled "Economic Evaluation in Health Care" for MSc students. Saeideh supervises Global Health and Public Health MSc students and BSMS Independent Research Projects (examples of topics are provided below). She is also on the PhD Annual Progress Review (APR) Panel.

Selected publications

Babashahi Saeideh, Carey Nicola, Jani Yogini, Hart Kath and Hounsome Natalia. Costs, consequences and value for money in nonmedical prescribing: a scoping review. BMJ Open 2023;13:e067907. doi:10.1136/ bmjopen-2022-067907.

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.

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