Asnawi Abdullah is a professor in public health with research interest in epimiology of chronic diseases; health system, modeling risk factors, health financing, risk factors and obesity.

Now he is a Dean for Faculty of Public Health and Director of Postgraduate Program at University Muhammadiyah Aceh. He was a Monev and Research Adviser for maternal and neonatal health AIPMNH Project funded by AusAID/DFAT in Kupang; Research Officer for Health System Strengthening Unit, Nossal Institute for Global Health, Melbourne Univ. Australia.

He earned PhD in Epidemiology and Population Health, from School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University. He having strong academic background, double Master degrees in health services management and Master in health policy, planning and financing (HPPF) from London School of Economic (LSE) and London School Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), University of London.

He highly experiences in research design, epidemiology data analysis, longitudinal data analysis, time-series, case control study and survey. He done several researches and consultancies relates to epidemiology, public health, maternal and child health, health system, risk factors and non-communicable disease.

He have done consultancies job for the World Bank, ADB, UNICEF, WHO and AusAID/DFAT and a number of projects funded by international NGOs


1990-1994 (S1)

SKM, Peminatan Kesehatan Kerja, Fakultas Kesehatan Masyarakat, Universitas Indonesia

2000-2001 (S2)

MHSM; Health Services Management, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

2006-2007 (S2)

MSc.HPPF; Health Policy, Planning and Financing, London School of Economic (LSE) and

2006-2007 (S2)

DLSHTM; London School Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, University London

2008-2011 (S3)

PhD, in Public Health, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia


1065 Citations, h-index 12,

i10-Index 13

632 citations, h-index 9,

18 Articles


  1. Tanamas SK, Wong E, Backholer K, Abdullah A, Wolfe R, Barendregt J, Peeters A. Age of onset of obesity and risk of type 2 diabetes. Austalia New Zealand Journal Public Health. 2016 Dec;40(6):579-581. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12593. Epub 2016 Oct 23.
  2. Abdullah A, Amin FA, Hanum F, Stoelwinder J, Tanamas S, Wolf R, Wong E, Peeters A. Estimating the risk of type-2 diabetes using obese-years in a contemporary population of the Framingham Study. Global Health Action. 2016 Jun 30;9:30421. doi: 10.3402/gha.v9.30421. eCollection 2016.
  3. Abdullah A, Hort K, Butu Y, Simpson L. Risk factors associated with neonatal deaths: a matched case-control study in Indonesia. Global Health Action. 2016 Feb 16;9:30445. doi: 10.3402/gha.v9.30445. eCollection 2016.
  4. Abdullah A. The Double Burden of Undernutrition and Overnutrition in Developing Countries: an Update. Current Obesity Report. 2015 Sep;4(3):337-49. doi: 10.1007/s13679-015-0170-y. Review.
  5. Peeters A, Walls HL, Backholer K, Sacks G, Abdullah A. Welcome from the policies, socio-economic aspects, and health systems research section. BMC Obesity. 2015 May 28;2:23. doi: 10.1186/s40608-015-0052-6. eCollection 2015.
  6. Tanamas SK, Wong E, Backholer K, Abdullah A, Wolfe R, Barendregt J, Peeters A. Duration of obesity and incident hypertension in adults from the Framingham Heart Study. Journal Hypertension. 2015 Mar;33(3):542-5; discussion 545. doi: 10.1097/HJH.0000000000000441.
  7. Wong E, Tanamas SK, Wolfe R, Backholer K, Stevenson C, Abdullah A, Peeters A. The role of obesity duration on the association between obesity and risk of physical disability. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2015 Feb;23(2):443-7. doi: 10.1002/oby.20936. Epub 2014 Nov 29.
  8. Abdullah A, Amin FA, Stoelwinder J, Tanamas SK, Wolfe R, Barendregt J, Peeters A. Estimating the risk of cardiovascular disease using an obese-years metric. BMJ Open. 2014 Sep 17;4(9):e005629. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2014-005629.
  9. Mannava P, Abdullah A, James C, Dodd R, Annear PL. Health systems and noncommunicable diseases in the Asia-Pacific region: a review of the published literature. Asia Pacific Journal Public Health. 2015 Mar;27(2):NP1-19. doi: 10.1177/1010539513500336. Epub 2013 Oct 4. Review.
  10. Abdullah A, Hort K, Abidin AZ, Amin FM. How much does it cost to achieve coverage targets for primary healthcare services? A costing model from Aceh, Indonesia. International Journal Health Planning & Management. 2012 Jul-Sep;27(3):226-45. doi: 10.1002/hpm.2099.
  11. Abdullah A, Wolfe R, Mannan H, Stoelwinder JU, Stevenson C, Peeters A. Epidemiologic merit of obese-years, the combination of degree and duration of obesity. American Journal Epidemiology. 2012 Jul 15;176(2):99-107. doi: 10.1093/aje/kwr522. Epub 2012 Jun 28.
  12. Abdullah A, Wolfe R, Stoelwinder JU, de Courten M, Stevenson C, Walls HL, Peeters A. The number of years lived with obesity and the risk of all-cause and cause-specific mortality. International Journal Epidemiology. 2011 Aug;40(4):985-96. doi: 10.1093/ije/dyr018. Epub 2011 Feb 27.
  13. Abdullah A. Health Qanun and Health Sector Reform in Aceh. Aceh Scientific Journal. 2011 Jan;1(1):47
  14. Abdullah A, Stoelwinder J, Shortreed S, Wolfe R, Stevenson C, Walls H, de Courten M, Peeters A. The duration of obesity and the risk of type 2 diabetes. Public Health Nutr. 2011 Jan;14(1):119-26. doi: 10.1017/S1368980010001813. Epub 2010 Jun 29.
  15. Walls HL, Stevenson CE, Mannan HR, Abdullah A, Reid CM, McNeil JJ, Peeters A. Comparing trends in BMI and waist circumference. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2011 Jan;19(1):216-9. doi: 10.1038/oby.2010.149. Epub 2010 Jun 17.
  16. Abdullah A, Peeters A, de Courten M, Stoelwinder J. The magnitude of association between overweight and obesity and the risk of diabetes: a meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies. Diabetes Res Clin Pract. 2010 Sep;89(3):309-19. doi: 10.1016/j.diabres.2010.04.012. Epub 2010 May 20.

Abdullah A. et al., Maternal Health and Risk Factors Associated with Neonatal Death in Low Resources Setting A Matched Case-Control Study in Indonesia, Kupang: AIPMNH. Juni, 2014

Abdullah A. et al., Transfers and Skills Retention Post Training of Clinical Staff in AIPMNH-assisted Districts, Kupang: AIPMNH, October 2014

Abdullah A. et al., Knowledge and Skills of Midwives and the Changes after Clinical Training in Provinsi NTT, Kupang: AIPMNH, December 2015

Abdullah A. et al., Epidemiology of Neonatal Death in 14 Districts of AIPMNH Project Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT), Jan. 2014.

Abdullah A., Hort K., Zaenal A A., Amin F M., Health Financing Study in Aceh. 2010. Banda Aceh: Aceh Provincial Health Office.

Abdullah A., Mannava P., and Annear P., Non-Communicable Diseases and Health Systems in the Asia Pacific Region: A Review of the Literature, 2011, Melbourne: The Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne (Report submitted for the World Health Organization Western Pacific Regional Office)

Urbano M., Abdullah A., Ascroft J., Hort K., Kusumawardani N., Morgan A., Stephens N.., Provincial and District Situation Analysis  on Women and Children in Aceh, Indonesia, 2011, Melbourne: the Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne  (Report submitted to UNICEF Indonesia)

Fawkes S., Muoy B., Oldenburg B., Watson R., and Abdullah A., A Rapid Review of Chronic Disease Prevention Strategies and Programs in Selected OECD Countries. Part A & Part B. 2008. Monash University, Australia.

Associate Editor for: BMC Obesity

Reviewer for: Global Health Action; BMC Obesity; Public Health Nutrition; Global Journal of Epidemiology and Public Health; Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation; BMC Research Notes; Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management; BMC Public Health; BMJ Open; International Journal of General Medicine; dan Journal of Renal Nutrition