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Dr Marcus Chilaka

Assistant Professor

Faculty/Dept/School School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership
(Faculty of Health Studies)
Telephone +441274 233252


I am passionate about public health and contributing to people’s health and wellbeing (in the widest sense) through teaching, research and management techniques. My main research interests are in health impact assessment, health needs assessment, and the wider social and environmental determinants of health.

I began my full-time academic career after obtaining my PhD in health planning and management in 2007. My first post was lecturer in health services management at the University of East London. In 2008 I moved over to the University of Salford Manchester as lecturer in environmental health. From 2014-17 I combined part-time lecturing with management and public health consulting before returning to the role of Senior Tutor in Health and Social Care at the University of Bedfordshire (and coordinator for Birmingham study Hub) (2018 – June 2021). And here I am now at the University of Bradford!

Prior to joining academia, I had trained and practiced as a biomedical scientist within a hospital setting in Nigeria. Over a period of more than 25 years, I have acquired deep knowledge and expertise in healthcare, public health and leadership within the community & voluntary sector. I am also very conversant with the formulation of national and international development strategies and fully-integrated health management programmes that directly promote health services, population health and wellbeing.


Teaching interests

  • Principles and concepts of public health and health promotion
  • Health Impact Assessment
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Health Needs Assessment in practice
  • Research Methods at undergraduate and postgraduate levels
  • Contemporary issues in health and social care

Teaching highlights

I was given the award of Outstanding Teacher for the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences during the 2019 University of Bedfordshire Vice Chancellor’s Student Experience (VCSE) ceremony – April 2019. Similarly, in December 2020, I was nominated as a Bedfordshire University (Beds) Star (Sunshine category) in appreciation of the efforts to keep virtual teaching and learning going on successfully during the coronavirus pandemic.