BiographyAssociate Professor Yoga moved to Ireland in 2008 with Mary and 3 children (2019 age - Ciara 20, Patrick 16 and Cian 14) from the NHS in Glasgow, Scotland where he was the Project Manager for a Research Project entitled 'Psychosocial and Biological Determinants of Disease' (pSoBid).
In Ireland, he was instrumental in coordinating the new Masters in Public Health (MPH) Programme in UCC where he was employed part-time as Senior Lecturer in the Public Health department.
At the same time, Yoga was a PBL Tutor in the School of Medicine UL part-time and was involved in planning and delivering the Public Health lectures.
He was appointed as a full time Senior Lecturer in Public Health in School of Medicine UL in October 2010.
In 2017, he became a Senior Lecturer in Medical Education in the School of Medicine involved in PBL facilitating.
Academic Qualifications: 1966-67Pre-University Examination; University of Madras, India
1969-74M.B.B.S Karnatak University, India
1995-96Master of Public Health (MPH) Glasgow University (MP Shah Award for best student from non-EEC member country)
2004PhD (Medicine, Community based science) Glasgow University
Yoga trained as a doctor from 1969-74 and was awarded MBBS by the Karnatak University in India. After practising as a GP in Malaysia he went to Lebanon to work as a volunteer working in Refugee Camps (training hospital doctors) with a London based charity (Medical Aid for Palestinians, MAP) from 1990 to 95 where he met Mary (who was training the nurses). They returned to Glasgow in 1995 where he completed a Master of Public Health (MPH) and went on to do a PhD (Medicine, Community based science) in 2004 from Glasgow University. He worked as a Research Manager with the Greater Glasgow Health Board (GGHB) from 1998. There within the Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH) department he was a Project Manager, in 2004, analysing the great health divide in the city of Glasgow entitled Psychosocial and Biological Determinants of Ill health (pSoBid).
He then moved to Ireland in 2008, where he was the co-ordinator of the inaugural Masters in Public Health (MPH) programme in the University College Cork (UCC) until 2010. He was also a part-time PBL Tutor from 2008 in the School of Medicine in University of Limerick. From 2010 to 2016 he was Senior Lecturer in Public Health in School of Medicine. From 2016, Associate Professor Nathan is Senior Lecturer in Medical Education (PBL).
Professional Memberships: 1984Life Member of Malaysian Medical Association
1998Member of Society for Social Medicine UK
2006-11Honorary Clinical Teacher with the Division of Community Based Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Glasgow
2009 Honorary Member of the Faculty of Public Health UK
Research Interests: Yoga's research interests are in the psychosocial and biological determinants of illness, Health Needs Assessment (HNA), Refugees health, Palliative care, Health inequalities, Deprivation, Health Impact Assessment (HIA), Quantitative & qualitative methods and medical education (the PBL methods & its assessments).