School of Health Sciences and Social Work


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Dr Assaf Givati

  • Qualifications: PhD, MPH
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer
  • Address: James Watson West 2 King Richard 1st Road Portsmouth PO1 2FR
  • Telephone: 023 92 844418
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  • Department: SHSSW
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science


I grew up in a beautiful kibbutz on the shore of the Dead Sea in the Judean desert. After traveling the world, between 1992 and 2001 I took on education and practice in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) as a naturopath in several ‘mainstream’ clinics for Integrated Care in Israel.

During this time I also lectured herbal medicine and naturopathy. Between 2002 and 2003 I completed Masters in Public Health (MPH) at the university of the lovely city Maastricht in the Netherlands before joining the University of Portsmouth in 2004, first at the School of Pharmacy and from 2006 at the School of Health Sciences and Social Work.

In 2012 I completed my doctoral thesis which is an investigation of the way acupuncturists and homeopaths in England negotiate holistic notions that are embedded in their narratives and practices during the process of professionalizing and formalising their education.  

Teaching Responsibilities

Level 4:
Health & Disease Prevention (20 credits)
Fundamental Topics in Human Physiology (20 credits)

Level 5:
Environment, Physiology & Health (20 credits),
Research Methods (20 credits)

Level 6:
Disease Modelling & Surveillance (20 credits), 
Critical appraisal of Health, Medical and Scientific papers (20 credits) 


Research Projects

Training paramedics in Higher Education in England, a decade on
The aim of this research study is to evaluate the impact of Higher Education paramedic education on paramedic practice in England and explore the challenges to this process.

Acupuncture, Science and Higher Education: negotiating competing paradigms and professional autonomy within British universities
The aim of this research study is to explore the negotiation of biomedical and traditional acupuncture knowledge and claims as part of the teaching of traditional acupuncture within (or accredited by) British universities


Research profile

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