Mr Karim Mitha

Job: Lecturer

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 257 6488




Personal profile

Karim Mitha is a Lecturer in Health Studies, with an inter-disciplinary background across the biological sciences, psychology, social sciences, and humanities. He holds degrees from Canada and the UK. His background in health psychology has enabled him to use mixed-methods research approaches to examine behavioural factors in health outcomes. His research themes are broadly aligned with diversity issues and cross-cultural care – looking at issues of social exclusion, acculturation, experiences of care, and factors involved in mental ill health. He also has a strong interest in policy matters – ranging from health policy to climate change, employing a comparative, international policy perspective. He also engages with social psychology perspectives to examine aspects of social policy, marginalization, religion, and culture within concepts of group process theory, identity, and social representation.

Research group affiliations

Research interests/expertise

  • Medical geography
  • History of medicine
  • Social representation
  • Social psychology
  • Cross-cultural psychology
  • Religion/culture/ethnicity
  • Migration/acculturation/immigration
  • Identity
  • Mental health
  • Health policy
  • Climate change
  • Mixed methods
  • Public health/epidemiology


  • BSc (Hons) - McMaster University
  • BA (Hons) – McMaster University
  • Graduate Programme in Islamic Studies and Humanities – Institute of Ismaili Studies
  • MPH – University of London
  • DLSHTM – London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Courses taught

  • HEST 1113 - Foundations of Health Improvement (module leader)
  • HEST 2120 - Healthcare Management (module leader)
  • HEST 2125 - Debates and Dilemmas
  • HEST 3127 - Health Promotion and Public Health
  • HEST 3118 - Gender and Health
  • HEST 3110 - Dissertation (module leader)
  • Psych 3035 - Psychology of Sexuality

Conference attendance


Mitha, K. “The view ‘Down Under’: Australian Isma’ili Muslim youth and the quest for identity. Interculturalism, Meaning, and Identity: A Diversity Recognition Project,, March 2013, Lisbon, Portugal.


Mitha, K. “A place where everybody knows your name: The role of the faith-based community in developing mental health resiliencies amongst diasporic and post-diasporic Muslim youth in Australia. Health and Mental Resilience – An Interdisciplinary Approach, Jagiellonian University, October 2012, Krakow, Poland.

Mitha, K. Unveiling the stigma: Australian South Asian Muslim views on mental illness. Postgraduate Conference on the Study of Islam and Muslims, Al-Maktoum College of Higher Education, May 2012, Dundee, Scotland, UK.

Current research students

Supervising one MRes student.

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