Dr. Zia Ul Haq

PhD Public Health/Epidemiology from University of Glasgow, UK under the HEC Scholarship, MPH (Pak), MBBS (Pak)

Dr. Zia Ul Haq



+92 (0) 333 925 8763

Work address: Director ORIC, Khyber Medical University, Phase 5, Hayatabad, Peshawar, KPK, Pakistan.

Residence: Zia House, House 190, Street 6, Sector J-1, Phase 2, Hayatabad, Peshawar, KPK, Pakistan.

 Academic Qualifications:  

  • PhD in Public Health and Epidemiology  (University of Glasgow, UK)

Title of Thesis: “Adiposity and Subjective Well-being. Thesis can be accessed online via this link: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/5519/

  1. From my PhD research I was able to publish eight publications in reputed journals, including 2 meta-analyses, 4 cross-sectional studies (used Scottish Health Survey, and UK Biobank which is one of the world largest surveys n=500,000), and lastly 2 longitudinal studies (n=20,000, 17 years of follow-up). In the process, I acquired advanced skills, such as conducting systematic reviews and meta-analysis, conducting and analyzing large population based cross-sectional surveys, linear, logistic, and multinomial logistic regressions, and survival analysis using various statistical software, including STATA, SPSS, Epi Info and R. I also served as a co-author in several other international publications as a part of UK Biobank Mental Health team Glasgow.
  • Master in Public Health (Gandhara University, Peshawar, Pakistan:2006-2007)
  • MBBS (Khyber Medical College, University of  Peshawar, Pakistan:1999-2005)

Work Experience:  

  • Director (BPS 20, Office of Research Innovation & Commercialization, Khyber Medical University, Peshawar, Pakistan: July 2015 till date)
  • Associate Professor (BPS 20, Institute of Public Health & Social Sciences, Khyber Medical University, Peshawar, Pakistan: April 2015 till date)
  • Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer (University of Glasgow 2015 to 2020)
  • Assistant Professor (BPS 19, Institute of Public Health & Social Sciences, Khyber Medical University, Peshawar, Pakistan: July 2010- March 2015)
  • PhD Researcher (Public Health, Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow, UK: February 2011- July 2014)
  • PhD Researcher (Institute of infection, immunity and inflammation, University of Leicester, UK: July 2010 to January 2011)
  • Lecturer Public Health (BPS-18, Institute of Public Health & Social Sciences, Khyber Medical University, Peshawar, Pakistan: January,2009- July 2014)
  • Medical Surveillance Officer (Field Epidemiology & Lab Training Program FELTP; a project of CDC Atlanta, based at Hayatabad Medical Complex, Peshawar Pakistan: June 2009-July 2010)
  • Provincial Surveillance Officer DEWS, WHO (United Nation- World Health Organization, Pakistan: January 1st 2007 to February 31st,  2009)
  • Health Management & Information System Officer (BPS-17, KPK Health Department: June 2006 - December 2006)
  1. Collection, Processing and Submission of Health data (communicable and non-communicable).
  • House Job (Lady Reading Hospital, Peshawar, Pakistan): 2005-2006

Research Interest: Epidemiology of chronic diseases, especially cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes, Nutrition, mental health, environmental health, health-related quality of life and Health system. 


  1. Supervising 10 Master and 3 PhD students.
  2. Facilitator for College of Physician and Surgeon Pakistan: 4 days training on Research (methodology, data organization, analysis and interpretation, usage of SPSS/STATA in data analysis, sampling techniques and to calculate sample size).
  3. Course coordinator for PhD Public Health course at Khyber Medical University (KMU).
  4. Course coordinator for Applied Epidemiology course at KMU.
  5. Facilitator for the Human Rights training of WHO.
  6. Course coordinator for Certificate (6 months) and Master in Health Research (2 years modular) courses and Certificate in Health Research courses at KMU.

Research projects:

  1. Post project audit of the Project “Abasyn Foundation KP” funded by DFID
  2. To conduct a baseline survey on surveillance and outbreak response management system (SORMAS) in six districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa”, funded by Department of Health KP, Govt of Pakistan (PI). Project worth; 2 million PKR.
  3.  To assess existing formal mental health resources in the KP province to identify gaps and plan further strengthening of services, funded by Department of Health KP, Govt of Pakistan (PI). Project worth; 1.2 million PKR.
  4. To conduct Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Population & Health Survey in all (n=25) districts; sample size 15,000 households (n=40,000 individuals), funded by UNFPA through Population Welfare Department (PI). Project worth; 3 million PKR
  5. To conduct Human Resource Profiling in Health sector for the province of KPK, funded by WHO (PI). Project worth; 2 million PKR
  6. Capacity Building of Health Care Providers on Communicable Disease Surveillance and Reporting, Outbreak Response and Emergency Preparedness in five agencies of FATA, funded by WHO (PI). Project worth; 4.6 million PKR
  7. To explore the use of mobile technology for Health education. This project is funded by University of Georgia, USA” (Co PI). Project worth; 20 million PKR.


Recently completed projects:

  1. Consultant for the Preparation and implementation of “International Health Regulation (IHR) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.
  2. Design & conduct courses for 2 days trainings of 700 health staff at district Bannu, funded by WHO (PI). Project worth; 4.8 million PKR
  3. Design & conduct 4 days course/ trainings of all agency surgeon of Fata, funded by GIZ on data analysis & utilization (PI). Project worth; 0.5 million PKR
  4. Wrote “Health & Environment Strategy” for the KPK Province. Funded by NIH, Islamabad (completed in July 2015) (PI). Project worth; 2 million PKR
  5. Conducted “Health System and facility Assessment for any mass disaster” of the 25 disaster prone districts of Pakistan. This project was funded by WHO (completed in April 2015) (PI). Project worth; 3.8 million PKR
  6. Assessment of District Swat Conflict affected area Health facilities and Health program. Funded by WHO (PI). Project worth; 0.5 million PKR
  7. Assessment of flood affected areas of Pakistan. Funded by MoH, Islamabad.
  8. KAP Study on Health and Nutrition among the IDPs of Conflict affected areas of Pakistan. Funded by MERLIN international (PI). Project worth; 0.4 million PKR



  1. Member Scrutiny Committee Higher Education Dept of KP for the Vice Chancellors
  2. Member Provincial Food Fortification Alliance KP
  3. Focal person for Public Health Reference Lab KP, Pakistan
  4. Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, University of Glasgow, UK
  5. Pakistan Medical and Dental Council Pakistan- 12143-N
  6. Member Finance & Planning Committee, KMU
  7. Elected member of Senate KMU
  8. Elected member of Academic Council KMU
  9. Member of affiliation Committee KMU
  10. Member of Human Resource Development Committee KMU
  11. Member/Secretary Ethics board KMU
  12. Member/Secretary Advance Study Review Board KMU
  13. Member Ethics Committee, Department of Health, KPK
  14. Member Public Health & Sanitation committee, Ministry of Science & Technology, Islamabad
  15. Chairman Research and Ethics Committee, Khyber Institute of Child Health
  16. Member Institutional Graduate Committee for Institute of Physical Medicines and Rehabilitation (IPM&R)
  17. Member Scrutiny Committee for Vice Chancellor positions in Public Sector Universities for Khyber Pukhtunkhwa



  1. Prof Dr Hafiz Ullah (The Hon VC KMU) vc@kmu.edu.pk, 092 91 9217703
  2. Prof. Dr Jill Pell, Director of Institute (Institute of Health and Wellbeing) telephone: 01413303239, email: Jill.Pell@glasgow.ac.uk
  3. Dr. Saeed Akbar (WHO Team leader, KP, Pakistan) khansae@who.int, +92 (0) 300 590 3375

List of Publications:

These can accessed via below link: http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Zia_Ul-Haq

1.Ul-Haq Z, Mackay DF, Fenwick E, Pell JP. Meta-analysis of the association between body mass index and health-related quality of life among adults, assessed by the SF-36. Obesity 2013;21(3):E322-7.

2.Ul-Haq Z, Mackay DF, Fenwick E, Pell JP. Meta-analysis of the association between body mass index and health related quality of life among children and adolescents, assessed using the PedsQL index. J Pediatr 2013;162(2):280-286.

3.Ul-Haq Z, Mackay DF, Fenwick E, Pell JP. Impact of metabolic comorbidity on the association between body mass index and health-related quality of life: a Scotland-wide cross-sectional study of 5,608 participants. BMC Public Health 2012;12:143.

4.Ul-Haq Z, Mackay DF, Fenwick E, Pell JP. Association between body mass index and mental health among Scottish adult population: a cross-sectional study of 37,272 participants. Psychological Medicine, 2014;44:1-10.

5.Ul-Haq Z, et al. Heaviness, Health and Happiness: A Cross-Sectional Study of 163,066 UK Biobank Participants. J Epidemiol Community Health, 2014;68:340-348.

6.Ul-Haq Z, Smith D, Nicholl Barbara, et al. Gender differences in the association between adiposity and probable major depression: a cross-sectional study of 140,564 UK Biobank participants. BMC Psychiatry 2014;14.153.

7.Ul-Haq Z, Association between self-reported general and mental health and adverse outcomes; a retrospective cohort study of 19,625 Scottish adults.  PLoS One 2014;9(4):e93857.

8.Ishtiaque I, Shafique K, Ul-Haq Z, et al. Water-Pipe Smoking and Albuminuria: New Dog with Old Tricks. PloS ONE 2014;9(1):e85652.

9.Smith D, Nicholl B, Cullen B, Martin D, Ul-Haq Z et al. Prevalence and characteristics of probable major depression and bipolar disorder within 2 UK Biobank: Cross-sectional study of 172,751 participants. PlOS ONE, 2013,8(11):E75362

10.Shafique K, Mirza S, Vart P, Memon A, Arain M, Tareen M, Ul-Haq Z. Areca nut chewing and systemic inflammation: evidence of a common pathway for systemic diseases. Journal of Inflammation, 2012, 9:22.

11.Ul-Haq Z, Mackay DF, Pell JP. Association between physical and mental health-related quality of life and adverse outcomes; a retrospective cohort study of 5,272 Scottish adults. BMC Public Health 2014.

12. Martin DJ, Ul-Haq Z, Nicholl BI, et al. Cardiometabolic disease and features of depression and bipolar disorder: population-based, cross-sectional study. Br J Psychiatry  2016 Jan 21.

13.Cullen B, Smith DJ, Nicholl BI, Mackay DF, Evans JJ, Martin D, Ul-Haq Z, et al. Cognitive function and lifetime features of depression and bipolar disorder in a large population sample: Cross-sectional study of 143,828 UK Biobank participants. European Psychiatry 2015; 30(8):950-958.

14.Nicholl BI, Mackay DF, Cullen B, Martin DJ, Ul-Haq Z, et al. Chronic multisite pain in major depression and bipolar disorder: cross-sectional study of 149,612 participants in UK Biobank. BMC Psychiatry 2014 Dec 10;14:350.

15.Ali, I, Ahmad J, Khan Aziz, Khan T, Khan J, Ul-Haq Z. Self-medication and non-adherence with antibiotics: the current situation in Pakistan. J Pharm Practice Res 12/2015; 45(4).

16.Imtiaz A, Ul-Haq Z, Badrashi B,  Farooq S. Association of Teenage Pregnancy with Low Birth Weight: Tertiary Care Hospitals Based Case Control Study in Peshawar. KMUJ 2015; 7(4).

17.Khan I, Siraj S, Zaman M, Ahmad N, Abbasi R, Ahmad N, Ul Haq Z. Association of Arg16Gly and Gln27Glu, β2-Adrenergic receptor gene polymorphism with Asthma. A systematic review and Meta-analysis of case control studies. In press

18.Khan I, Siraj S, Zaman M, Ahmad N, Abbasi R, Ahmad N, Ul Haq Z. Systematic review and meta-analysis of association of β2-Adrenergic receptor (ADR β2 ) gene polymorphisms with Nocturnal asthma. In press

Abstracts and Presentation

v  1 week Bio risk workshop at Bangkok Thailand, Sandia Lab USA (Nov 2016)

v  Environmental Health Conference, Florida USA (July 2015)

v  Preventive Cardiology Conference, Florida USA (August 2015)

v  Global Health Conference, University of Yale, New Haven, USA, (April 2014)

v  Annual Health Research Conference, Khyber Medical University, Peshawar, Pakistan, (Feb 2013 and Feb 2014)

v  46th Annual Society for Epidemiologic research, Boston USA (June 2013)

v  Weight Stigma Conference, University of Birmingham (May 2013)

v  140th Annual Meeting, American Public Health Association's and Exposition  San Fransico, CA (Oct 2012)

v  Royal Statistical Society, London (July 2012)

Director -ORIC