Alhassan, Robert


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Robert Kaba Alhassan is currently a lecturer (Teaching and Research) at the School of Health Sciences, University of Dundee. Before joining University of Dundee Robert was a Lecturer and Research Fellow at the Institute of Health Research, University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS), Ho Ghana. He obtained his PhD from the University of Amsterdam (Medical Faculty), Netherlands specializing in medical technical quality care and health financing. Over the years he offered short term professional courses on patient safety and accreditation of healthcare facilities, clinical epidemiology, qualitative and quantitative research, and medical logistics/supply chain management.

Work Experience

Prior to joining the University of Dundee, Robert has had over ten years cumulative clinical and education experience with the Ghana Health Service and Ministry of Health. He was also the head of research at the health training institutions secretariat of the ministry health headquarters in Ghana before joining the university full time. He has served as a head of department; dean of International Programmes; and currently the director of the Centre for Health Policy and Implementation Research. He currently serves on several university committees and interventional bodies including WHO Global Health Network, Data Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) member and a certified Good Clinical Practice (GCP) researcher. He is also a certified WHO/TDR Implementation Research expert. Robert is also an adjunct lecturer and PhD examiner/supervisor for York University Canada, University of Groningen, The Netherlands, and University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. He is currently a peer reviewer for the Medical Research Council (MRC), UK for grant proposals. He is also an associate editor of the BMC Health Services Research journal and peer reviews for many other international journals.

Research interests

His research interests and expertise include healthcare policy and planning, communicable and non-communicable diseases, health systems strengthening, patient safety, healthcare financing/universal health coverage and community engagement in health. He has either collaborated or led in several research projects. His motivation in life is to positively influence health policy on universal access to quality healthcare through cutting edge scientific evidence for the ultimate benefit of society and humanity.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Health Science, Healthcare Quality in Ghana: Improving healthcare quality and health worker motivation to promote sustainable health insurance, University of Amsterdam


Award Date: 10 May 2017

Master of Philosophy, Occupational Health and Safety in Psychiatric Hospitals in Ghana, University of Ghana


Award Date: 20 May 2010

Bachelor of Arts, Knowledge and Awareness of Passive Smoking and Its Health Implications among University Students: A Study conducted on the University of Ghana, Legon Campus, University of Ghana


Award Date: 20 Jul 2006

External positions

University of Health and Allied Sciences


Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development



Ministry of Health, Ghana


Ghana Health Service




  • RT Nursing
  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
  • Global Health
  • Implementation research
  • Infectious diseases
  • Maternal and child health
  • Global pandemics
  • Covid-19
  • Evidence synthesis
  • Scoping reviews


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