List of Publications

Peoples-uni Publications


  1. Heller RF et al. Capacity-building for public health: Bulletin of the World Health Organisation 2007:85;930-934

  2. Reynolds F, Heller RF. Peoples-uni: Developing Public Health Competences – Lessons from a Pilot Course Module. International journal of emerging technologies in learning (iJET) Vol 3, 2008

  3. Heller RF. Experience with a “social model” of capacity building: the Peoples-uni. Human Resources for Health 2009, 7:43

  4. Philip K & Lee A. Online Public Health Education for Low and Middle-Income Countries: Factors Influencing Successful Student Outcomes. International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning (iJET) 2011; 6(4).

  5. Awofeso N, Philip K, Heller RF. Internet-based public health e-learning student perceptions: an evaluation from the People’s Open Access Education Initiative (Peoples-uni). Open Learning 2012;27: 215–226.

  6. Philip K. The creator of Peoples-uni. BMJ 2012;344:e374

  7. Stone DH, Heller RF, Developing the clinico-epidemiologic conference as an online course. J Public Health (Oxf) 2017; 38 (4): e588

  8. Heller RF, Zurynski R, Barrett A, Oaiya O, Madhok R. Open Online Courses in Public Health: experience from Peoples-uni F1000Research 2017, 6:170

  9. Madhok R, Frank E, Heller RF. Building public health capacity through online global learning. Open Praxis 2018;10 (1)

  10. Sridharan S, Bondy M, Nakaima A, Heller RF. The potential of an online educational platform to contribute to achieving sustainable development goals: a mixed-methods evaluation of the Peoples-uni online platform. Health Research Policy and Systems 2018;16:106

  11. Heller RF, Strobl J, Madhok R. Online Education for Public Health Capacity Building in Low- to Middle-Income Countries. The Peoples-uni Experience. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning 2019;20(1).

  12. Machingura P, Shantikumar S, Babalola O, Heller R, 2019, ‘Does a bursary scheme for students in low- to middle-income countries influence outcomes in a master’s programme in Public Health?’, MedEdPublish, 8, [2], 52,

  13. Heller RF, Chilolo E, Elliott J, Johnson B, Lipman D, Ononeze V, & Richards J. (2019). Do tutors make a difference in online learning? A comparative study in two Open Online Courses. Open Praxis, 11(3), 229-241.

  14. Worthington RP, Madhok R, Heller RF. Improving global access to medical ethics education: a free self-paced online course on the Peoples-uni website. Indian Journal of Medical Ethics. Published online March 28, 2020.

  15. Heller RF, Okonkwo O, Machingura PI, Sridharan S, Oaiya O. Towards an African Institute of Public Health. Africa Health April 2021; 21-22.

  16. Heller RF, Sun YY, Guo Z and Malik A. Impact on carbon emissions of online study for a cohort of overseas students: A retrospective cohort study. F1000Research 2022, 10:849

  17. Heller R F, Barrett A, Oaiya O, Heller J, Madhok R. (2022). Final Report of a Novel and Successful Online Public Health Capacity Building Experiment- Peoples-uni Open Praxis, 14(1), 83-92

Collaborative publications by and with Alumni

  1. Machingura PI, Adekola O, Mueni E, Oaiya O, Gustafsson L, Heller RF. Perceived value of applying Information Communication Technology to implement guidelines in developing countries; an online questionnaire study among public health workers. Online Journal of Public Health Informatics 2014:6(2).

  2. Heller RF, Machingura PI, Musa BM, Sengupta P, Myles P. Mobilising the alumni of a Master of Public Health degree to build research and development capacity in low- and middle-income settings: The Peoples-uni. Health Research Policy and Systems 2015;13:71.

  3. Musa BM, Ibekwe E, Mwale S, Eurien D, Oldenburg C, Chung G, Heller RF. HIV treatment and monitoring patterns in routine practice: a multi-country retrospective chart review of patient care. F1000Research 2019, 7:713

  4. Sabo UA, Buttner P, Scher G. Impact of caregiver burden on health-related quality of life and family functioning of carers of children with epilepsy at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital, South Africa. South African J Child H5ealth 2020; 14(2): 66-70.

  5. Abubakar AG, Ozumba PJ, Winter J, Buttner P, Abimiku A. Current Trends in the detection of Acute HIV Infection among Blood Donors: reliability of pooled nucleic acid amplification technology and the need for population specific algorithms: a systematic review. J Antivirals Antiretrovirals 2015; 7(3): 89-103.

  6. Kalu SO, Reynolds F, Buttner PG, Ikechebelu JI, Dada MO, Oluboyo BO, Igwegbe AO. Infant feeding choices practiced among HIV positive mothers attending a prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV program in Nnewi, Nigeria. J AIDS Clin Res 2014; 5:5;

  7. Machingura PI, Oaiya AI, Ibekwe E, Kuya J, Ruvugo JS, Shrestha P, Teo SP. Quality of Clinical Guidelines for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus from Kenya, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Nepal: Pac J Med Sci 2022;22: