Dr Omotayo Joan Olajide
Lecturer in Public Health
School of Health, Social Work and Sport
Joan is a Lecturer in Public Health working within our Applied Public Health team. She contributes to the delivery of MSc Applied Public Health (APH) modules on-campus and module development for the online MSc APH programme.
Joan qualified as a Dentist in 2004. After this, she obtained her postgraduate degrees in Public Health and has since worked in various Public Health Research/Intelligence roles across the Northwest as Public Health Commissioning analyst at Ashton, Leigh and Wigan Primary Care Trust; Senior Intelligence Analyst at Oldham Council; and Senior Public Health Epidemiologist at Liverpool City Council. She led a range of public health needs assessment programmes and impact assessment of delivered programmes including mental health, health protection, sexual health, childhood obesity and cancers.
She started her career in lecturing in 2011 as an Associate Lecturer in Public Health research methods at Teesside University. Thereafter, she worked as Oral Health Education Coordinator at Queen Mary University of University of London. Joan obtained a doctoral research scholarship at Teesside University to investigate the maximisation of effectiveness of oral health promotion interventions delivered to school children which she completed in 2015. Upon completion of her PhD, she worked as a Research Fellow at the same university and undertook some World Health Organisation funded systematic reviews on prevention of obesity in school children. Joan has also led on a range of projects across the Northwest having worked as Project Manager, Education Transformation Programme Manager/Lead at Health Education England Northwest to facilitate adequate upskilling, training and education of health and social care workforce.
Prior to joining us, Joan worked as the Education Transformation Lead at Health Education England (NHSE Northwest). She managed the delivery of a range of health and social care workforce development, training and education programmes to meet the growing and changing health needs in the Northwest region so that the health and social care workforce in the region is equipped with the right skills, knowledge and competence required to provide high-quality care. She led the development of a cancer education strategy and implementation plan for primary care workforce in Cheshire and Merseyside.
Joan has also worked as a Public Health Researcher/ Intelligence Analyst and Senior Epidemiologist across the North West leading on Cancer, Health Protection/ Immunisations, Mental and Sexual Health epidemiology, accessing and utilising a range of surveillance and monitoring tools. She has managed the delivery of various Joint Strategic Needs Assessment programmes and evaluation of numerous public health programmes including the NHS health checks, cancer screening programmes for young women and uptake of childhood immunisations in areas of low uptake. In addition to these, she led the development and delivery of public health intelligence work programmes in some of the teams she worked with.
Since 2011, Joan has been teaching in Higher Education and worked at Teesside University and at Queen Mary University of London. She coordinated the delivery and assessment of health promotion, research methods and utilising evidence in practice courses to undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as the provision of mentoring and pastoral care to her students.
- PhD Knowledge Translation in Oral Health Promotion (2015)
- MSc Public Health Analysis, Liverpool John Moore’s University, UK (2010)
- MSc Dental Public Health, Queen Mary University of London, UK (2006)
- B.D.S Bachelor of Dental Surgery, University of Ibadan (2004)
- City & Guilds, Level 4 Certificate Preparing to Teach in Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) (2010)
- Project management, Oldham Council (2017)
- Principles of Leadership and Management ILM Level 5 City & Guilds (2018)
- Prince 2 Foundation Project Management Qualification (2021)
- Managing Benefits Foundation (2022)
- Dental public health and oral health programme commissioning
- Children's health and wellbeing including childhood obesity and prevention
- Workforce education and training
- Health care leadership and management
- Registered Dental Care Professional with General Dental Council
- Member of FUSE (Centre for Translational Research in Public Health)
- Member of British Association of Community Dentistry (BASCD)
- Honorary Lecturer on the Online Masters programme in Health Care Leadership at University of Liverpool
- Using Normalisation Process Theory to investigate the implementation of school-based oral health promotion (2017). O.J Olajide, J. Shucksmith, A. Maguire and F.V. Zohoori.
- Intermittent fasting interventions for the treatment of overweight and obesity in adults aged 18 years and over: a systematic review and meta-analysis (2018). Leanne Harris, Sharon Hamilton, Samantha Harrison, Liane Azevedo, Joan Olajide, Caroline De Brún, Gillian Waller, Tracey Sharp, Vicki Whittaker, Catherine Hankey, Louisa Ells.
- Cochrane lifestyle review: Diet, physical activity and behavioural interventions for the treatment of overweight or obesity in school children from the age of 6 to 11 years. (One of the most downloaded cochrane reviews in 2017) Diet, physical activity and behavioural interventions for the treatment of overweight or obese children from the age of 6 to 11 years. Cochrane Emma Mead, Tamara Brown, Karen Rees, Liane B Azevedo, Victoria Whittaker, Dan Jones, Joan Olajide, Giulia M Mainardi, Eva Corpeleijn, Claire O'Malley, Elizabeth Beardsmore, Lena Al-Khudairy, Louise Baur, Maria-Inti Metzendorf, Alessandro Demaio, Louisa J Ells.
- Diet, physical activity and behavioural interventions for the treatment of overweight or obesity in adolescents aged 12 to 17 years (Cochrane Review) Mead E, Brown T, Rees K, Azevedo LB, Whittaker V, Jones D, Olajide J, Mainardi GM, Corpeleijn E, O'Malley C, Beardsmore E, Al-Khudairy L, Baur L, Metzendorf M, Demaio A, Ells LJ.
- The effectiveness of smoking cessation, alcohol reduction, diet and physical activity interventions in changing behaviours during pregnancy: A systematic review of systematic reviews (2020). Nicola Heslehurst, Louise Hayes, Daniel Jones, James Newham, Joan Olajide, Louise McLeman, Catherine McParlin, Caroline de Brun,Liane Azevedo.
- Poster presentation at the Faculty of Public Health Conference, June 2015
- Oral and Poster presentation at European Organisation of Caries Research, July 2013
- Poster presentation at BASCD scientific meeting, April 2012
- Oral presentation at the FUSE Knowledge Exchange in Public Health conference, 11-12 April 2011
- Poster presentation at Teesside University Postgraduate Research Conference, 2011