Nazar Shabila

Assistant Professor

Hawler Medical University

University Presidency

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Nazar P Shabila has MSc degree in Public Health in Developing Countries from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and PhD in Community Medicine from Hawler Medical University. He is an assistant professor of public health at Hawler Medical University, Erbil, Iraq. He teaches different courses including epidemiology of communicable disease, health economics, health information and demography. He has more than 60 publications. His current research work is mainly related to health services research, women’s and reproductive health and conflict and health. Before pursuing the academic career, he established seven years of experience in the humanitarian relief field through working with the ICRC and UNOPS-IDPs Project on addressing the needs of the internally displaced people.

Nazar Shabila has more than 60 publications. His current research work is mainly related to health services research, women’s and reproductive health and conflict and health.

Google Scholar h-index: 16, i10-index: 28, Citations 812




ORCID 0000-0002-8921-195X



Recent Publications

- Stress and anxiety among physicians during the COVID-19 outbreak in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region: An online survey. PLoS One. 2021 Jun 29;16(6):e0253903.

- Association of bullying behaviour with smoking, alcohol use and drug use among school students in Erbil City, Iraq. East Mediterr Health J. 2021 May 27;27(5):483-490.

- Risk Perception and Behavioral Response to COVID-19: A Survey of University Students and Staff in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region. Soc Work Public Health. 2021 May 19;36(4):474-485. 

- Trends and changes in cesarean delivery rates in Iraq: findings from the multiple indicator cluster surveys, 2011-2018. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2021 Apr 11:1-6.

- The Impact of COVID-19 Related Lockdown on the Prevalence of Spousal Violence Against Women in Kurdistan Region of Iraq. J Interpers Violence. 2021 Feb 26:886260521997929.

- Using Q-methodology to understand the perspectives and practical experiences of dermatologists about treatment difficulties of cutaneous leishmaniasis. BMC infectious diseases 2020; 20.

- The determinants of handwashing behaviour among internally displaced women in two camps in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. PloS One. 2020; 15 (5), e0231694.  

- Survival analysis of patients with tuberculosis in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan region. BMC infectious diseases 2019; 19. 

- Prevalence of hypertension and associated risk factors in a population sample of older adults in Kurdistan, Iraq. East Mediterr Health J. 2019; 25. 

- Pattern of congenital anomalies at birth and their correlations with maternal characteristics in the maternity teaching hospital, Erbil city, Iraq. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018; 18:501.

- An outbreak of cutaneous leishmaniasis in Erbil governorate of Iraqi Kurdistan Region in 2015. The Journal of Infection in Developing Countries 12018; 2(08):600-607.

- Overview and outcome of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma: Experience of a single developing country’s oncology centre. PLoS ONE 2018; 13(4): e0195629.

- Mortality and Kidnapping Estimates for the Yazidi Population in the Area of Mount Sinjar, Iraq in August 2014: A Retrospective Household Survey. PLOS Medicine 2017, 14(5):e1002297.

- Prevalence of non-communicable diseases and access to health care and medications among Yazidis and other minority groups displaced by ISIS into the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Conflict and Health 2017; 11:4.

- Daily living activities among geriatric residents at geriatric homes in Erbil and Sulaimaniyah cities, Kurdistan Region. Zanco Journal of Medical Sciences 2017; 21(1):1619-1628.

- Rates and trends in cesarean sections between 2008 and 2012 in Iraq. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017; 17:22 .

- Women’s Knowledge of the Domestic Violence Legislation in Erbil, Iraq and their Response to Spousal Violence. Journal of Family Violence 2017; 32(1):47-53.

More publications

May 2012 PhD Community Medicine Hawler Medical University, Erbil, Iraq

Thesis: Assessment of Iraqi primary healthcare system using a multimodal method

Sep 2007 MSc Public Health in Developing Countries London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London, UK

Thesis: The feasibility of evaluating the effectiveness of mine risk education programs

Jul 1993 MBChB (Medical Doctor) Salahaddin University, Erbil, Iraq


Epidemiology of communicable disease, Health economics, Health Information, Demography


Capacity building in biorisk management – CRDF Global 

IREX Iraqi University Linkage program, Capacity building of faculty staff in women’s health research field -2015

Mortality and health survey among the internally displaced persons in Kurdistan region of Iraq – Middle East Centre – London School of Economics. 2015

The American Academic Research Institute in Iraq (TAARII) - Iraqi Scholars Fellowships Project. 2012.

Developing student centred learning at Hawler Medical University, Iraq with the University of Glasgow. 2010-2011.

Development of clinical skills in Hawler Medical University with Cardiff University. 2010-2011

Editorial duties

Associate editor of BMC International Health and Human Rights

Editor-in-Chief of Zanco Journal of Medical Sciences