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Ritah Tweheyo

Research Fellow, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences



Ritah is a Research Fellow in the School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine. She is working with Dr. Catrin Evans and members of the Centre for Evidence based HealthCare to conduct two systematic reviews on an NIHR project "Improving Care for Women and Girls who have Undergone Female Genital Mutilation (FGM): Qualitative Evidence Synthesis".

Ritah has expertise in Public health research and evaluation and worked at the University of Hull as a Research Associate in the Department of Midwifery and Child Health prior to her current role. She completed her PhD on Women's Eating Behaviours and Weight status along the motherhood continuum, at the University of Hull in 2015. Ritah previously worked in Uganda as a Project Manager for UNICEF funded Nutrition and Child Health Projects and as Programmes Administrator for the Gulu University Teaching Hospital Health Programme. The GUTH Health Programme was funded by UNICEF to increase access to Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV/AIDS in Uganda, and Scale up of community management of acute malnutrition in U5- children.

Ritah is a mixed methods researcher and has interests in interventions addressing sexual health, food behaviours, maternal and child health and rights, and general public health promotion. She is an alumni of the University of Nottingham.

Expertise Summary

Ritah's research interests fall into 3 categories:

  1. Public health promotion with particular interests on eating behaviours and weight status, and public health interventions.
  2. Mixed methods evaluations with expertise on use project planning methodologies, conducting systematic reviews (both qualitative and quantitative) and consultancy work.
  3. Maternal and child health and rights with focus on women's experiences of care, motherhood, and sexual health.

Teaching Summary

  • Research Methodologies
  • Health Promotion
  • Project Planning and Management of health interventions
  • Literature Reviews and Use of EndNote
  • Public Health and international perspectives

Research Summary

Ritah is a member of the Maternal Health and Wellbeing Research Group and the Centre for Evidence based Health Care within the University. She is working on two NIHR funded systematic reviews in her… read more

Current Research

Ritah is a member of the Maternal Health and Wellbeing Research Group and the Centre for Evidence based Health Care within the University. She is working on two NIHR funded systematic reviews in her role as Research Fellow:

Review 1: To explore the experiences of FGM-related healthcare across the life course for women and girls who have undergone FGM.

Review 2: To explore the views on, and experiences of, all cadres of health professionals in providing care for women/girls who have undergone FGM.

Past Research

Ritah has undertake various research projects to include:

  • Evaluation of the Centre for End of Life Studies at the University of Hull (Lead Investigator). February - March 2017.
  • Exploration of the lived experiences of women regarding their food behaviours and weight status before, during, and after pregnancy. this was a PhD Project which applied Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, IPA, to explore women's lived experience in order to understand the contextual and sociocultural factors that influence overweight development following pregnancy.
  • Assessment of the nutritional status of the Nottingham adult population in comparison to the Department of Health recommended dietary intakes- a Masters of Public Health dissertation project,University of Nottingham. This was a secondary data analysis using the National Dietary and Nutritional Survey (NDNS) database.
  • Baseline Surveys on child health indicators (nutritional status, ORT and ITS Use in Gulu, Uganda).
  • Tweheyo, R, Jomeen, J., and Graham, M. (2013): Women's Experience of food behaviours and weight status: results from the never pregnant women in hull. Peer reviewed poster presentation: Society of Reproductive and Infant Psychology (SRIP) conference, Hull.
  • Tweheyo, R (2013): Reflexive experience of recruiting NHS participants in health studies. Poster presentation at the PhD Spotlight. Hull, University of Hull.
  • Tweheyo, R., (2011): Chapter 3: A critical review of the epidemiological evidence on determinants of mental health seeking behaviour among Asian university students in "Investigation into the Mental Health Support needs of International Students with particular reference to Chinese and Malaysian students". University of Nottingham, UK.
  • Tweheyo, R., (2010): Assessment of the nutritional status of the Nottingham adult population. MPH dissertation. Nottingham, University of Nottingham.
  • Namutebi, R., (2006): Assessment of quality of primary education in privately owned and government primary schools in Mbarara municipality, Uganda. Postgraduate Diploma dissertation. Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Mbarara, Uganda.
  • Namutebi, R (2005): Quantitative Determination of vitamin A in Moringa oleifera. BSc. Dissertation, Mbarara University of Science and Technology. Paper presented at the NUFU Biodiversity and Medicinal Plants Joint Conference 16th-18th October 2006, Makerere University, Kampala. Uganda

Future Research

Ritah is an early career researcher and is looking to work on interventions, evaluations and primary research that will contribute to improved experience and care for migrant women and children.

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