Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care


Ghalia Kayal



Research interests:

•         Colorectal cancer prevalence and the social determinants of health

•         Colorectal cancer screening modalities and uptake

•         Patient’s experience of using the colorectal cancer screening program

Research Project:

I am currently working on the patients’ experience of using the NHS bowel cancer screening program. I will be developing a series of patient-reported experience measures that consist of three questionnaires examining the patients’ experience, including those who participate and individuals who did not complete one or more aspects of the bowel cancer screening pathway. The first questionnaire is regarding the Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) information materials, the day of the screening, and any side effects for those with positive FIT results and requires further investigation with either a colonoscopy or Computed Tomographic Colonography (CTC). The second questionnaire is for FIT negative participants, who don’t need further investigations. Lastly, I might also develop FIT non-participants questionnaire for those who did not send back their stool test kit. I aim to use patient-reported experience data to improve bowel cancer screening acceptability and reduce modifiable barriers to non-participation.




(2018-2019) Queen Mary University of London- MSc of Public Health

(2007-2010) King Saud University, Riyadh, KSA- B.S. of Health Education

(2003-2005) George Mason University, Fairfax, VA- Two years of B.S. in Health science   


  • 2015- Leadership training program Fellow Awards, Sookmyung Women University, Korea.
  • 2015- Faculty Appreciation awards, Princes Nora University, Riyadh, KSA.
  • 2010- Academic Excellence Honors, first student in class and collage wide, King Saud University.
  • 2005- Academic Excellence Honors, George mason University, Washington, USA.


Zaidi U, Awad S, Mortada E, Qasem H, Kayal G. (2015) ‘Sociodemographic correlates of BMI categories among female University students of Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University’, Social and Natural Sciences Journal, 9(1). doi: 10.12955/snsj.v9i1.716.