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Dr. Shahzad Ali Khan 

Title: Head of Department of Public Health mail A120 (First Floor)
Disciplines: Health Systems, Health Policy, Health Planning, Health Care Financing, Health Promotion, Non-communicable Disease Prevention & Control, Hospital Management, Quality Management in Health +92-51-9522290-4 ext.132
Research Areas: Health Systems, Health Policy, Health Planning, Health Care Financing, Health Promotion, Non-communicable Disease Prevention & Control, Hospital Management, Quality Management in Health +92-51-9255591


  • Dr Shahzad Ali Khan is medical graduate of King Edward Medical College Lahore of 1991.
  • After MBBS he did MBA with Majors in Finance and MS in Public Health from Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad. He is one of the few medical doctors with a PhD in Management Sciences in Pakistan.
  • In 2020 he got Fellowship Through Distinction by Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians London, and also holds Fellowship of The Royal Society for Public Health, London, UK.
  • He has 28 years of Public Health related work experience ranging from peripheral level administration to management of tertiary care health facilities. His professional expertise varies from health systems analysis, health management, policy planning, strategic planning, governance, health economics and health financing, health reforms, civil society organizations, project management, human resource development of both the public and private sector workforce.
  • He carries a vast teaching and research experience both at undergraduate and postgraduate level; in the field of Health Financing, Project management, Systems and policy development, corporate governance, Health Economics and quality management at national and international level.
  • He has been involved and has contributed in development of several national, international strategies, polices, working papers, training manuals and policy paper. His research work is extensively disseminated through more than 50 peer reviewed publications in national and international journals.
  • He has worked for several international & national organizations, and secured grants from World Bank, WHO, USAID, UNICEF, UNFPA, GiZ, UNAIDS, IOM, RAF, TRF, and GFATM etc.
  • He is Head of Department of Public Health at Health Services Academy, Islamabad, Pakistan. He is also
    • Member, Board of Studies at Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE) Islamabad.
    • Faculty of Health Financing at Armed Forces Postgraduate Institute (AFPGMI) Rawalpindi.
    • Member of Board of Studies COMSATS University Islamabad.
    • Adjunct Faculty of Aga Khan University Karachi for Health Financing.
    • Member of Board of Studies; Khyber Medical University Peshawar.
    • Faculty of Project Management at Bahria University Islamabad.
    • Faculty of Senior Management Course (SMC) and Midcareer Management Courses (MCMC) at National Institute of Management (NIM) Govt of Pakistan, Islamabad.
    • Master Trainer at the Management Services Wing, Establishment Division, Govt of Pakistan.
    • Visiting faculty of Pakistan Manpower Institute; Govt of Pakistan, Islamabad
    • Visiting faculty at Secretarial Training Institute (STI); Govt of Pakistan, Islamabad
    • Visiting faculty of Pakistan Institute of Management (PIM), Govt of Pakistan, Islamabad.

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  • PhD
  • MPH
  • MBA-Finance
  • MBBS

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  • Health Systems Management
  • Health Policy
  • District Health Planning
  • Health Care Financing
  • Health Promotion
  • Hospital Management
  • Quality -Management in Health
  • Non-communicable Disease Prevention & Control

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After my MPH studies I joined Heartfile which is a leading research based NGO in Pakistan , where I worked under supervision of Dr. Sania Nishtar S.I, FRCP, PhD. During the period 2003 to 2008, I had an opportunity of working on various research projects of Public health research at Heartfile Islamabad. I worked on the National Action Plan for NCD in Pakistan , the Gateway Paper on Health Systems in Pakistan , the Health Indicators of Pakistan, and various WHO research activities like PreMISE study, the Road Safety PC-1, National Health Policy draft, and many other research assignments.


  1. Nishtar S, Bile K, Razzak J, Ghaffar A, Ahmed A, Mirza YA, Khan SA. Injury Prevention and Control: National Action Plan for NCD Prevention and Control and Health Promotion in Pakistan. JPMA 2004; 54;12(S3):57-67.
  2. Nishtar S, Kama MU, Iqbal A, Bajwa R, Shah T, Mehmood M, Jahangir H, Khan SA, Mirza YA. Heartfile Lodhran CVD prevention project- end of project evaluation. Promotion & Education, 2007; 15(1): 17-27
  3. Khan SA, Malik F. Literacy of Health promotion terminologies among doctors in Rawalpindi-Islamabad Region of Pakistan. Health Promotion Perspectives, Dec. 2011; 11(2):31-5.
  4. Shaikh BT, Mazhar A, Khan SA, Hafeez A. Social protection strategies and health financing to Safeguard reproductive health for the poor: making a Case for Pakistan. J Ayub Med Coll 2011;23(4):126-30.
  5. Khan SA, Zaman T. Perinatal Outcomes in ANC users versus Nonusers in Insured population of North Punjab. Pakistan Journal of Public Health; March 2012;2(1):53-8.
  6. Khan AS, Khan SA, Mazhar A. Assessment of TB Drug Logistics in District Bagh, AJK. Pakistan Journal of Public Health; March 2012;2(1):30-5.
  7. Mahmood N, Khan SA, Kazi GN, Gondal ZI. A mixed method research for assessment of social and health indicators in slums of Rawalpindi, Pakistan. PJ PH, June 2012;2(2):31-5.
  8. Ronis KA, Khan SA, Mehboob G, Masood M. An overview of nutrition-related indicators in vulnerable groups and policy goals in Pakistan. PJPH, Dec 2012;2(4):55-9.
  9. Faraz K, Khan SA, Sikander S. Screening for depression in coronary artery disease patients using PHQ-9. TheHealth, 2012;4(1):56-61.
  10. Ronis KA, Mansoor A, Khan SA. Logistics management of public sector hospital laboratories in Rawalpindi: A case study approach. Pakistan Journal of Public Health, Sep 
  11. Maheshwari BK, Khan SA, Sahu E, Memon A, Maheshwari M, Dewani JR. Still How Far to Reach: Situation analysis of Emergency obstetric care facilities in Tharparker, a far reached district of Pakistan. Pakistan Journal of Public Health, Dec 2013;3(4):20-6.
  12. Mahmood N, Khan SA. Solid Waste Generation and Source Minimization in Urban Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Pak J Public Health, 2014;4(2):5-7.
  13. Khan SA, Manzoor K. Determinants of Health Service Utilization among Pakistani Immigrants in Maryland USA; a Mixed Method Research. Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad 2014;26(4):568–70.
  14. Khattak RN, Khan SA. Perception of Health Care Workers Involved in DHIS, Nowshera, Pakistan. JSMC, December 2014;4(2):53-8.
  15. Ali F, Khan SA, Thaver I. Assessment of dietary diversity and nutritional status of pregnant women in Islamabad Pakistan. JAMC, 2014;26(4):506–9.
  16. Isani A, Khan SA. Integration of Health Systems in Islamabad; need to Undertake an Interventional Study for Improving Health Services in Islamabad Capital Territory in Post Devolution Scenario. Pak. Inst. Med. Sci. 2014; 10(2):117-119.
  17. Khan SA, Zaman T, Pervaiz F, Zaidi SK, Abbas S, Majeed SMI. Community Based Health Promotion Interventions for Non- Communicable Diseases. Pak Armed Forces Med J 2015; 65(Suppl): S106-111.
  18. Nawaz R, Khan SA, Khan GS. SWOT Analysis of District Health Information System in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. GJMS April-June 2015;13(2):109-14.
  19. Nadeem D, Ali A, Khan SA, Zafar J, Malik Z, Pervaiz K. Assessment of Knowledge of Diabetes Mellitus, its Complications and Management among Diabetic Patients Visiting Tertiary Care Hospital in Islamabad, Pakistan. American Journal of Pharmacy & Health Research, 2015;3(4):145-57.
  20. Malik S, Nadeem D, Khan SA, Hamid S, Zafar J, Zaman T, Iqbal W. Assessment of out of pocket cost borne by patients of type-II diabetes mellitus in private diabetic clinics of Islamabad. JIIMC 2015;10(3):233-6.
  21. Shaikh F, Khan SA, Kumar R, Khushk I, Hamid S, Hafeez A. Assessment of Completeness and Timeliness of District Health Information System at First Level Care Facilities in a Rural District of Sindh, Pakistan. Pak J Public Health 2015; 5(3):28-31.
  22. Khan GA, Khan S, Khan SA, Ahmed A, Khan A. Quantitative Assessment of Patient Satisfaction Regarding Pharmacy Care Services at DHQ Hospital, Ziarat, Baluchistan. PJPH 2015; 5(3):32-9.
  23. Nadeem D, Alyas S, Iqbal W, Zafar J, Khan SA, Mushtaq M. Prevalence and associated risk factors of Domestic Violence among Pregnant Women Visiting Federal General Hospital Islamabad. JIIMC 2015; 10(4):246-250.
  24. Khalid A, Khan SA, Maken ZH, Zaman T, Lal M. Knowledge among general practitioners regarding management of Leishmaniasis in District Jhelum, PJPH 2015; 5(4):61-5.
  25. Bibi A, Zaman T, Ahmad J, Khan SA, Hamid S. Perceived Quality of Pharmacy Services among Outpatient in a Tertiary care hospital in Islamabad. Pak J Public Health 2015;5(4):61-5.
  26. Khan Z, Khan SA, Kumar R, Qureshi MA, Rahman R, Safdar RM. Behavior towards Healthy Food among student of Private Schools in Quetta Pakistan. PJPH 2015; 5(1):1-5.
  27. Azam A, Khan SA, Kumar R. Evaluation of Dietary Compliance and Awareness of Type 2 Diabetic Patients of District Sanghar Sindh. Pak J Public Health 2015;6(1):4-7.
  28. Ejaz H, Zaman T, Iqbal S, Khan IA, Khan SA. Job satisfaction in nurses; comparison of public and private hospitals of Pak Armed Forces Med J 2016; 66(Suppl):S161-65.
  29. Qasim S, Ayub M, Zaman T, Khan SA. Assessment of health literacy in a selected population of Rawalpindi cantonment, Pak Armed Forces Med J 2016; 66(Suppl):S127-31.
  30. Khawaja SA, Khan MA, Khan SA, Kumar R, Karim AA. Perception and Attitudes of Health Workers About Vulnerability of Occupational Exposure from Blood Borne Pathogen. Pak J Public Health 2016;6(1):1-3.
  31. Mahmood S, Zaman T, Kumar S, Khan SA. Prevalence of Malnutrition Among Adolescent Girls; A Study of Public Sector Colleges of Islamabad. Pak J Public Health 2016;6(1):23-27.
  32. Johar N, Zaman T, Rabbani F, Khan SA. Health risk behaviours in school youth of Pak Armed Forces Med J 2016; 66(Suppl):S202-06.
  33. Jabeen R, Khan SA, Kumar S, Khan A. Knowledge regarding early initiation and exclusive breastfeeding among lady health visitors working at public health school of Karachi Sindh. Pak J Public Health 2016;6(1):33-36
  34. Zafar J, Nadeem D, Khan SA, Mushtaq M, Aziz F, Saeed S. “Prevalence of diabetes and its correlates in urban population of Pakistan: a Cross-sectional survey”. JPMA 2016;66(8):922-7
  35. Jabeen AK, Khan SA, Jabeen R, Ahmed S. Assessment of weaning practices among working mothers in Islamabad. Pakistan Journal of Public Health, June 2016;6(2):22-6.
  36. Farishta S, Ejaz H, Iqbal S, Iqbal F, Zaman T, Khan SA. Professional Grooming of Nurses: Comparison between Public and Private Sector Hospitals of Peshawar, Pakistan. Pakistan Journal of Public Health, June 2016;6(2):50-2.
  37. Hashmi NR. Khan SA. Adherence to Diabetes Mellitus Treatment Guidelines from Theory to Practice: The Missing Link. JAMC, 2016;28(4).
  38. Gholezad L, Khan SA, Vahedi F. Sensitivity and specificity of Urdu version of the PHQ-9 to screen depression in patients with coronary artery disease. Contemporary Nurse (RCNJ); 2017;53(1):75-81.
  39. Khan KA, Khan SA, Qureshi Z, Khan MA, Gill FN, Abbasi, MM. Client Satisfaction towards Quality of Health Services: An Assessment at Primary Healthcare of District Gujranwala. International Journal of Public Health Science (IJPHS), 2017; 6(1):7-12.
  40. Mallah FA, Khan SA, Kumar R. The Determinants and Developments in Choosing Nursing Profession as Career; Qualitative Analysis of Nursing Students at District Khairpur Sindh, Pakistan. Pakistan Journal of Public Health, 2018;8(1):13-7.
  41. Hashmi NR, Khan SA. Interventional study to improve Diabetic Guidelines Adherence using mobile health (mHealth) Technology in Lahore Pakistan. BMJ Open, 2018;8: e020094. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2017-020094.
  42. Kakar NU, Khan SA, Ali M, Randhawa TA. Opportunistic Hypertension screening in rural health population of Pishin Balochistan. A cross sectional study. IAJPS 2018;05(04):3014-23.
  43. Hashmi NA, Khan SA, Aasim M, Hashmi AA. A Cross-Sectional Survey of Diabetic Disease Pattern and Preventive Care in Lahore Pakistan. International Journal of Clinical Skills, 2018;12(2):220-227.
  44. Noreen K, Khan KA, Khan SA, Khalid, N. Contraceptive Prevalence Rate, Unmet Need for Family Planning and Associated Factors among Women of Reproductive Age Group. PJPH, 2018; 8(2):63-9.
  45. Noreen K, Khan SA, Mashhadi F, Rahman M, Ali SK. Outcome of Dietary Intervention on Weight and Anthropometric Indices of Overweight and Obese Females: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Pak Armed Forces Med J 2018; 68 (5):1404-13
  46. Hashmi NR, Khan SA, Ahmad KA, Hashmi AA. Diabetic guidelines; a cross- sectional survey of self-reported barriers to diabetic guidelines adherence by physicians in Lahore Pakistan. Professional Med J 2019; 26(1):75-82. DOI: 10.29309/TPMJ/2019.26.01.2594.
  47. Yousaf S, Khan SA, Azam N, Mahmood, H, Pervaiz F. Needs of High-Risk Primary Caregivers Handling Stroke Patients: A Mixed Method Study in a Tertiary Care Hospital of Rawalpindi. Pak Armed Forces Med J 2019; 69 (S-2): S216-22
  48. Safdar S, Khan SA, Azam N, Mahmood H, Pervaiz F. Need Assessment of Assistive Technology in Children with Multiple Disabilities. Pak Armed Forces Med J 2019; 69 (S-2): S229-34
  49. Nazar M, Khan SA, Kumar R, Hafeez A. Effectiveness of health literacy intervention on cardiovascular diseases among university students of Pakistan. BMC, Health Services Research, 2019;19:504-9.
  50. Akbar S, Khan SA, Hafeez A. Literature Review: Hypertension: A Stand-Alone Risk Factor for Cardiovascular Diseases. Pak Armed Forces Med J 2020 (In Press).

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