Raushan Alibekova, PhD

Instructor, MD MPH PhD

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Dr. Raushan Alibekova has graduated from the International Kazakh-Turkish University named after Khodja Akhmet Yassawi in Turkestan, Kazakhstan with the Medical Doctor Degree and qualification in General Practice (1999). She has a Master of Public Health degree from the Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine at Hebrew University-Hadassah in Jerusalem (2004), and PhD degree from the School of Public Health at Taipei Medical University in Taiwan (2016). 

Dr. Alibekova worked as a senior lecturer at the Department of Public Health and Health Promotion of the Kazakhstan School of Public Health (KSPH) in Almaty city, Kazakhstan in 2002-2010. KSPH was the first public health school established in the Central Asian region. She was involved in international projects on the health promotion curriculum development in higher education (TACIS/European Union), health surveys (World Health Organization), capacity strengthening for health research in public health training (Council on Health Research for Development), support of public health associations (Soros Foundation/European Association of Public Health), and ethical aspects of conducting medical research (Columbia University/John Hopkins University).

Her PhD research projects were focused on examination of the impact of women's reproductive health issues on birth outcomes, and the effects of smoking on trajectories of mood disorders in women and their partners during perinatal periods, utilizing retrospective and prospective cohort study designs (2010-2016).

Dr. Alibekova is working as an Instructor at the Department of Medicine, Nazarbayev University School of Medicine (NUSOM) since 2017. Her current teaching and research interests are in the area of public mental health, social and behavioral sciences in public health, health education and health promotion. She has an experience of supervising Masters of Public Health thesis research projects on a broad range of topics, including epidemiology and risk factors of mental disordes in different population groups (e.g. perinatal women, parents of children with autism, medical students), on positive mental health, mental health literacy, stigma and help-seeking behavior in young adults, perinatal mental health literacy of women and their families, patient satisfaction and mental health services, and determinants of health related behaviors, using quantitative and qualitative research methods. 

Research interests

Mental Health Epidemiology

Health Promotion and Health Behavior

Health Services Research 


Principles of Public Health Problem Solving

Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health

Health Education and Health Promotion


  1. Ukaegbu, E., Alibekova, R., Ali, S., Crape B., Issanov A. (2022). Trends of HIV/AIDS knowledge and attitudes among Nigerian women between 2007 and 2017 using Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey data. BMC Public Health 22, 440. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-022-12865-y
  2. Seleznev I., Alibekova R., Clementi A. (2020). Patient satisfaction in Kazakhstan: looking through the prism of patient healthcare experience. Patient Education and Counseling. Volume 103, Issue 11: 2368-2372, DOI:10.1016/j.pec.2020.05.004 
  3. Aubakirova M., Sultanov M., Izimov A., Sakko Y., Bex T., Mussagazin A., Alibekova R. (2020). Factors Influencing Salt-Reducing Behavior in Young Adults: a Pilot Cross-Sectional Study from Kazakhstan. Central Asian Journal of Global Health. 9. 10.5195/cajgh.2020.415.
  4. Alibekova R., Kadyrzhanuly K., Chan CK., An S., Gusmanov A., Yerubayev Z., Yessimkulova F., Bekisheva A., Ospanova Z., Rakhimova M. (2019). The impact of participation in support groups on mental health of parents having children with autism. European Journal of Public Health, Volume 29, Issue Supplement_4, DOI:10.1093/eurpub/ckz186.574 
  5. Alibekova R., Crape B., Issanov A., Bapayeva G., Abzullin A. (2017). Capacity strengthening in public health through involvement of students in real-world research. European Journal of Public Health, Volume 27, Issue suppl_3, DOI: 10.1093/eurpub/ckx186.136 
  6. Alibekova R, Huang JP, Lee TS, Au HK, Chen YH. (2016). Effects of smoking on perinatal depression and anxiety in mothers and fathers: a prospective cohort study. Journal of Affective Disorders. March 15;193:18-26 
  7. Alibekova R, Huang JP, Chen YH. (2013). Adequate Prenatal Care Reduces the Risk of Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes in Women with History of Infertility: A Nationwide Population-Based Study. Plos One. Dec 17;8(12): e84237 

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 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Public Health, PhD, Examination of the risk factors associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes and parental emotional disturbances during perinatal periods, Taipei Medical University


Public Health, International MPH, Hebrew University of Jerusalem


Doctor of Medicine (MD), General Practice physician, International Kazakh-Turkish University named after K.A.Yassavi


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