Dr Nik Ani Afiqah Haji Mohamad Tuah


Senior Assistant Professor, Pengiran Anak Puteri Rashidah Sa'adatul Bolkiah Institute of Health Sciences


Since 2006, I have been teaching and supervising students in undergraduate, postgraduate programmes at PAPRSB Institute of Health Sciences (IHS) Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD). I have been the Coordinator of the Master of Public Health (MPH) programme since 2012, with primary roles that include engaging stakeholders, public health experts and industries in transforming public health education in Brunei Darussalam. I have trained 5 PhD Public Health, 21 MPH, and 2 Master of Health Science Public Health students, as well as co-authored at least 15 publications in peer-reviewed journals with the postgraduate students.

I am the co-founder of MPH lifelong learning (LLL) (with Professor Ayub Sadiq @Lin Naing) at the Institute. MPH LLL is the first postgraduate coursework programme in Public Health at the Institute/UBD that has fully embraced blended learning and flipped classroom pedagogy, interdisciplinary approach and the principle of learning that takes place throughout life. I am also instrumental in establishing UBD Global Classroom (with Professor David Koh) in the HH-5105 Environmental and Occupational Health module of the MPH programme that encompasses real-time teaching/learning using video conference technology between IHS UBD and other universities outside Brunei Darussalam. These are innovative teaching approaches and the frontier of teaching and learning in the 21st Century (the age of digital technologies and knowledge).

I strive towards excellent leadership in the field of public health at UBD, as reflected through my research work, impact and collaborations. I have received research grants from UBD, local and international funders, such as the Ministry of Health (MOH) Brunei Darussalam, Matsutani Corporation Japan, World Health Organization (WHO). In pursuit of high impact research with national and global importance, I have led (as Primary Investigator) a multidisciplinary team of UBD researchers conducting at least two contract research projects funded by the World Health Organization (WHO). I aspire to develop and train locals and junior staffs in research towards achieving ‘Brunei Vision 2035’. I have earned recognition from local and international academic institutions that include ‘Associate Researcher’ of UBD Center for Advanced Research (2018-2019), ‘Honorary Research Fellow Imperial College London’ United Kingdom (2014-2022) and ‘Visiting Professor’ Mahidol University Thailand (2019).

My research continues in investigating the underlying factors and effective interventions to prevent and control obesity and NCDs among the Bruneian population and the global communities. In the past decade, I have extensively developed an understanding and generated a body of evidence on factors related to physiological, environmental, behavioural, modifiable behavioural risk factors (tobacco use, physical inactivity, unhealthy diets and the harmful use of alcohol) and metabolic risk factors (hypertension, hyperglycaemia, hypercholesterolaemia and obesity) of common NCDs such as cardiovascular diseases and diabetes (particularly in Brunei Darussalam). Both quantitative and qualitative data which is gathered from my research work has formed the paradigm in understanding the occurrence of risk factors and NCDs. The evidence has been employed in assessing the public health measures and impacts of existing interventions to reduce the key risk factors of NCDs. In the coming years, it is important to focus on obesity over the life course in Brunei Darussalam in establishing the epidemiological data with attention to stages of the lifecycle that is substantial in understanding the natural history of obesity and the development of health outcomes. The life-course approach consists of birth, childhood, pregnancy/post-pregnancy, middle-age/menopause, and during the later years of life. Furthermore, I think we can significantly improve the public health strategies and interventions with research on behavioural modification strategies and mHealth targeting the behavioural and metabolic risk factors of NCDs. Those three conduits (pathways) of interventions are lifestyle, education and health promotion.


2017: NEBOSH IGC (Occupational Health & Safety). The National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health, United Kingdom
2016-2017: Visiting Scholar. Department of Health, Behavior & Society, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, United States
2012-2008: PhD (Public Health). Imperial College London, United Kingdom
2006-2004: Master of Public Health. Melbourne University, Australia
2002-1999: BSc Nursing. Mc Master University, Canada


Childhood obesity, Non-communicable diseases prevention and control, Digital Health, Health Policy and Public Health


Mental health and NCDs prevention and control

Applications Invited
Master and PhD degrees

Adolescent Health

Applications Invited
Master and PhD degrees

Obesity over the life-course

Studies that focus on obesity over the life-course in Brunei Darussalam to establish the epidemiological data with attention to stages of the lifecycle that is critical in understanding the natural history of obesity and the development of health outcomes. The life-course approach consists of birth, childhood, pregnancy/post pregnancy, middle age/menopause, and during the later years of life.

Applications Invited
Master and PhD degrees

Scopus Publications


Google Scholar Citations


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Scopus Publications


Alhaji, M. M., Lai, A., Naing, L., & Tuah, N. A. (2019). Self-Reported Skin Disorders Among Health Care Workers. Workplace Health & Safety, 67(6), 294–301. https://doi.org/10.1177/2165079918795958

Chaw, L. L., Tuah, N. A. A., Idris, F. I., Wong Yun Yaw, J., & Naing, L. (2019). Knowledge and Practice Survey on Zika Virus Infection Among General Adults in Brunei Darussalam. Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health, 31(4), 275–287. https://doi.org/10.1177/10105395198500233

Mohammed M Alhaji, Nir Hanisah Johan, Sharima Sharbini, Mas RW Abdul Hamid, Muhamad A M Khalil, Jackson Tan, Lin Naing, Nik AA Tuah (2018). Psychometric Evaluation of the Brunei-Malay SF-36 version 2 Health Survey. Asian Pac J of Cancer Prev, 19 (7), 1859-1865.

Mohammed M Alhaji, Jackson Tan, Mas RW Hamid, James A. Timbuak, Lin Naing, Nik AA Tuah (2018). Determinants of quality of life as measured with variants of SF-36 in patients with predialysis chronic kidney disease. Saudi Med J, 39 (7), 653-661.

MM Alhaji, S Roslin, A Kay, NAA Tuah (2017). Paid maternity leave extension and exclusive breastfeeding practice: evidence from Brunei. Asian Biomedicine, 11 (6), 435-442


Tuah NAA, Amiel C, Qureshi S, Car J, Kaur B, Majeed A. (2011). Transtheoretical model for dietary and physical exercise modification in weight loss management for overweight and obese adults. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 10. Art. No.: CD008066. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD008066.pub2

Nik A.A. Tuah, Samrina Qureshi, Waljit S. Dhillo, Azeem Majeed (2011). Development and application of the Imperial College Obesity Strategy Assessment Framework for analysing local obesity strategies. Primary Health Care Research & Development, 12 (2): pp83-94.

Idris A, Gharib KA, Steele M, Ghazali NB, Koh D, NA Tuah (2016). Salivary leptin concentrations in Brunei secondary school children. Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine. DOI: 10.1016/j.apjtb.2016.01.003

Talip, T., Serudin, R., Noor, S., & Tuah, N. (2017). Qualitative study of eating habits in Bruneian primary school children. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr, 26(6), 1113-1118. doi: 10.6133/apjcn.022017.02

Mohammed M Alhaji, Nir Hanisah Johan, Sharima Sharbini, Mas RW Abdul Hamid, Muhamad A M Khalil, Jackson Tan, Lin Naing, Nik AA Tuah (2018). Psychometric Evaluation of the Brunei-Malay SF-36 version 2 Health Survey. Asian Pac J of Cancer Prev, 19 (7), 1859-1865.


Nik AA Tuah (PI). Title: Risk communication and public empowerment for Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID- 19) preparedness in Brunei Darussalam. Grant BND$7,310, funded by UBD FIC Research Grant.

Siti Khadizah Fakhriah Hj Bakri (PI), Norhayati Hj Kassim and Nik AA Tuah. Title: Health Literacy among Diabetic Patients in Brunei Darussalam. Grant BND$6,260, funded by Health Promotion Center, Ministry of Health Brunei Darussalam.

Nik AA Tuah (PI), Liling Chaw, Deeni Rudita Idris, Siti Nurhedayah Hj Abdul Latif and Dk Ratna Suriani Pg Hj Osman. Title: Adolescent-friendly health services in Brunei Darussalam. Grant: BND$16,970.00, funded by World Health Organization and Ministry of Health Brunei Darussalam on 21st January 2019.

Nik AA Tuah (PI), Sharima Sharbini, Norhayati Kassim, Muhammad Norizni Mosli, James Lee Moh Kiang and Alisa Asli. Title: ‘Facilitating factors and barriers to healthy lifestyle programmes at the workplace in Brunei Darussalam’. Grant: BND$12,070.30, funded by World Health Organization on 10th October 2016.

Prof. David Koh (PI), Malai Haniti Sheikh Abd Hamid (Co-PI), Suwarni Haji Mohd Diah, Mas Rina Wati, Ampuan Hj Mohd Asrin, Mohd Ayub Sadiq, Vivian Ng, Rozita Hj Tamin, Teo Yan Choo, Awg Muhd Khairulamin Bin Abdullah, Awg Agong Bin Lupat, Dr Nik Ani Afiqah Hj Mohd Tuah@Anni, Dr Adi Yusri bin Hj Diris@Idris, Dr Minhaz Uddin Ahmed and Alice Lim Wen Pei. Title of project: ‘Mental Health and Immune Functions in Selected Occupational Workforce: Salivary Biomarkers Multidisciplinary Research in Brunei Darussalam’. Grant: BND$1,473.500.00, funded by Brunei Research Committee (UBD/BRC/4), on 9 August 2012 - 31 July 2015 and 27 August 2015 - 26 April 2017 (1st Extension).

Fazean Irdayati Idris (PI), Nik AA Tuah, Suwarni Md Diah, Masaki Tokuda, Alice Yong, Norhayati Kassim & Masaki Tokuda. Title of project: ‘Clinical trial of D-allulose in healthy young Bruneian adults’.
Nik AA Tuah (PI), Suwarni Md Diah, Marlizayati Hj Johari, Ratna Osman, Yumiko Takagi, Masaki Tokuda. Title of project: Nutrition education in schools
Grant: BND$35,000.00, funded by Universiti Brunei Darussalam Research Grant and Matsustani Corp. Japan on June 2015.

Nik AA Tuah (PI) & Suwarni Md Diah. Title of project: ‘Healthy Lifestyle Coach (HeaL-C) for dietary and physical activity behavior change in overweight and obese adolescents’. Grant: BND$10,000.00, Tech One Global Limited & Health Promotion Center Ministry of Health on August 2015.

Nik AA Tuah (PI), Rajiah Serudin & Salmah Md Noor. Title of project: ‘Healthy Living Practice (HeLP) programme in Primary Schools in Brunei Darussalam’. Grant: BND$9,150.00, funded by Universiti Brunei Darussalam Research Grant on 22nd January 2014.


Prototype 'Health Coach' Mobile App

Industry, Institute, or Organisation Collaboration

For local training and capacity building in Public Health, I have worked with the Master of Public Health team for series of consultations (between August 2015 to February 2016) with the Energy Department of Prime Minister Office, Labour Department Ministry of Home Affairs and key stakeholders such as the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Jerudong Park Medical Center and Health Center of Brunei Shell Petroleum Company. The series of dialogues with stakeholders aimed to assess the relevance of MPH programme and identify their expectations/needs. The main outputs include fine-tuning the content of the curriculum; organizing additional joint workshops with stakeholders (specifically in public health research and occupational health and safety) with industries; and extending sites for practicum among MPH students to non-government agencies/industries.


Since 2014, I have started m-health research at UBD in collaboration with UBD Research & Innovation Office, stakeholders and industries. I have invented ‘Health Coach’ (risk factors assessment tool and health education targeting adolescents) mobile application along side a PhD student, as research tool that will be made into scalable products for commercialisation.


I have been serving UBD and the people of Brunei for 13 years as an educator/academic in the field of medicine and public health. At UBD, I have shared my expertise and ideas through presentation and discussion in the areas of public health, and health, safety and the environment. Also, I have organized seminars, workshops and training in collaboration with experts from the faculty, UBD, local and international. I am a member of the Institute of Health Sciences Research Ethics Committee since 2017. I have greatly contributed to research undertakings as an Associate Researcher and Board member of the UBD Centre of Advanced Research since 2015. For the Bruneian community, I have been collaborating with stakeholders (MOH, Ministry of Education, Prime Minister Office, Ministry of Energy, Manpower and Industry Brunei Darussalam, Ministry of Development), industries and working with local communities in training and capacity building towards realizing Brunei Vision 2035. As a local public health expert, I have contributed ideas in a discussion of the expert panel to review and develop national policies relevant to NCDs. Overall, I have shown great devotion, accomplishment and valuable contributions in teaching, research and services over the years.