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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, neglected tropical diseases, HIV/AIDS, pharmaceuticals and prescribing interventions and women’s health, family care, healthcare provider payment mechanisms

Other relevant positions: Reviewer for BSMS Research Governance and Ethics Committee, BSMS early career researcher representative at the University of Sussex


Saeideh joined the Department of Global Health and Infection as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in health economics in 2021. She currently works on several research projects, as explained below.

Saeideh earned her master’s degree in health economics from Tehran University of Medical Sciences in 2011. She had a successful career at the Ministry of Health and Medical Education (MoHME) in Iran, where she was involved in different national projects such as “reforming health provider payment methods” and “revising the relative value units (RVUs) of health and medical procedures” in Iran. In 2016, She was awarded a fully-funded PhD Doctoral Scholarship to pursue her PhD studies at the University of Otago in New Zealand. 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 in the New Zealand context. 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), Funded by NIHR Research and Innovation for Global Health Transformation Programme (2019-2023) (Setting: the UK, African countries, e.g. Ethiopia, Sudan and Rwanda)
  • Innovation in the Allied Health Professions: Evaluation of supplementary prescribing by dieticians and independent prescribing by therapeutic radiographers. Funded by NIHR Policy Research Programme (2019-2023) (Setting: the UK)
  • Alliance for Family Integrated Care (FICare) Alliance for Family Integrated Care (FICare) Implementation in Neonatal Intensive Care Units. Funded by European Commission, Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Framework Programme (2021-2024) (Setting: the UK, the European countries, Canada, the US, etc).

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 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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