Nazar Pauls Shabila


College of Medicine

Department of Community Medicine

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Nazar P Shabila has MSc degree in Public Health in Developing Countries from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and PhD in Community Medicine from Hawler Medical University. He is a professor of community medicine at Hawler Medical University, Erbil, Iraq. He teaches different courses, including the epidemiology of communicable diseases, health economics, health information, and demography. He is currently on a one year secondment to Catholic University in Erbil. He has more than 85 publications. His current research is mainly related to health services research, women’s and reproductive health, and conflict and health. He has extensive higher education management experience, as he worked as the university vice president for scientific affairs and postgraduate studies for around 5 years. Before pursuing his 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 internally displaced people.

Nazar Shabila has more than 85 publications. His current research is mainly related to health services research, communicable diseases, women’s health and conflict and health.

Google Scholar h-index: 24, i10-index: 44, Citations 1620




ORCID 0000-0002-8921-195X


Academic profile 

Recent Publications

- Incidence and geographical distribution of tuberculosis disease in Erbil city, Iraq. Brazilian Journal of Microbiology. 2022 May 29. doi: 10.1007/s42770-022-00717-1.

- Clinical and hematological characteristics of 300 COVID-19 patients in Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq. Int J Immunopathol Pharmacol. 2022. doi: 10.1177/03946320221085465.

- Exploring the perspectives of medical students of application on e-learning in medical education during the COVID-19 pandemic. Work. 2021 Oct 27. doi: 10.3233/WOR-205339.

- 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.

- The perspectives of final year medical students for one year training experience in clinical skills laboratory in Erbil. Zanco J Med Sci 2015; 12(2):972-7. 

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

Editorial duties

Editor-in-Chief of Zanco Journal of Medical Sciences 2017-2022


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


Assessment of the diabetes and hypertension continuum of care in Dohuk governorate, Kurdistan, Iraq - London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

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