Dr Samuel Lassa

Clinical Medicine, School of Medicine and Population Health

Academic Clinical Fellow


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Dr Samuel Lassa
Clinical Medicine, School of Medicine and Population Health
Room 206, Sam Fox House
Northern General Hospital
Herries Road
S5 7AU

I joined the Academic Unit of Primary Medical Care, University of Sheffield in 2019 as an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow under the Dementia theme. Prior to joining AUPMC I graduated with an MB, BS (2008) from Nigeria with 3 years of clinical experience in various roles and over 10 years of experience in the field of Public Health with a Distinction Masters in Public Health (2009) and a PhD in Global Health (2016).

I have worked in different roles and organisations including the National Agency for HIV/AIDS (NACA, Nigeria), University of Jos, Nigeria, The University of Sheffield, UK and NHS England in various Trusts. I am currently an Honorary Global Health Lecturer in ScHARR  and an active member of the Sheffield Institute for International Development (SIID).

Research group

My research interests are in the areas of global health, health policy and systems research and Primary Care research. My focus is on understanding how complex healthy systems work with a focus on Primary Care using a qualitative and mixed methods approach.  

I draw on my doctoral research, experience working in Public Health in Nigeria providing technical assistance in all levels of the Health System and working as a doctor in the NHS primary care.

Current and recent research 

Samuel Lassa, Christopher Burton and Jonathan Dickson: GPs’ difficult decisions about acute illness in people with dementia, with particular reference to covid-19. September 2019 for 24 months.

Samuel Lassa and Chundung Miner: The concept of excess mortality in analysing impact of Covid-19 in Nigeria. How practical is the use of excess mortality in assessing the impact of Covid-19 in Nigeria? June 2020 for 3months.

Teaching interests

My teaching methods focus on using problem/enquiry based learning in the conceptualisation of health through a multi-disciplinary approach. 

Teaching activities

I currently teach Global Health on the Master of Public Health course both the face-to-face and the distance learning programme. In addition, I teach Phase 1 medical students sexual and reproductive health in the Medical school of the University of Sheffield and occasionally a visiting facilitator at Imperial College, London contributing to the global health governance lectures on their MPH course. 

I supervise Masters students in the University of Jos, Nigeria, on their Public Health programme.