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Professor Subhash Pokhrel

Professor Subhash Pokhrel
Head of Department - Health Sciences


Subhash is a professor of health economics and the Head of Department of Health Sciences and the Lead of the Health Economics Research Group (HERG).

Subhash's research has contributed to several public health policies. The suite of NICE Public Health ROI Tools – which provided the basis for many public health investment decisions in England - was informed by the work on tobacco control led by Subhash. The ROI tools are practical, customisable models to help make real-world decisions in context of local government decision-making.

Economic arguments are needed to make the business case for public health investments. Subhash led the roll out of ROI work to several European nations through a €2 million multi-centre European Commission funded study, EQUIPT. He has been the coordinator of a large scale inter-disciplinary collaboration of national and international expertise. Subhash is the lead author of a book, ROI in Public Health Policy: Supporting Decision Making (Palgrave Macmillan).

Subhash’s work in public health research has been as diverse as the discipline itself – from developing a household decision making pathway for child health care in low- and middle income countries (LMICs) to quantifying the economic impact of breastfeeding promotion in industrialised countries; from evaluating health insurance for its population health impact in LMICs to finding out what interventions improve physical activity globally.

Subhash is intrigued by the following question: In LMICs and industrialised countries, what works to improve population health outcomes and at what cost?

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Head, Department of Health Sciences

Leader, Health Economics Research Group (HERG)

Module Lead: Economic Evaluation in Human Genomics in MSc Genomic Medicine (Imperial College London)

Lead, European-study on quanitfying utility of investment in protection from tobacco (EQUIPT)

Newest selected publications

Ranasinghe, P., Pokhrel, S. and Anokye, N. (2021) 'The economics of physical activity in low and middle income countries: systematic review'. BMJ Open, 11 (1). pp. 1 - 40. ISSN: 2044-6055 Open Access Link

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Hanney, SR., Kanya, L., Pokhrel, S., Jones, TH. and Boaz, A. (2020) 'How to strengthen a health research system: WHO's review, whose literature and who is providing leadership?'. Health research policy and systems, 18 (72). pp. 1 - 12. ISSN: 1478-4505 Open Access Link

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Hanney, S., Kanya, L., Pokhrel, S., Jones, T. and Boaz, A. (2020) 'What is the evidence on policies, interventions and tools for establishing and/or strengthening national health research systems and their effectiveness?'. Place of publication: WHO Regional Office for Europe. Available at:,-interventions-and-tools-for-establishing-andor-strengthening-national-health-research-systems-and-their-effectiveness-2020.Open Access Link


Codogno, JS., Monteiro, HL., Turi-Lynch, BC., Fernandes, RA., Pokhrel, S. and Anokye, N. (2020) 'Sports Participation and Health Care Costs in Older Adults Aged 50 Years or Older'. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 28 (4). pp. 1 - 7. ISSN: 1063-8652 Open Access Link

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Vargas-Martínez, AM., Trapero-Bertran, M., Lima-Serrano, M., Anokye, N., Pokhrel, S. and Mora, T. (2019) 'Measuring the effects on quality of life and alcohol consumption of a program to reduce binge drinking in Spanish adolescents'. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 208 (1 December 2019). pp. 1 - 10. ISSN: 0376-8716 Open Access Link

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