Programme Country Partners

Year 1: 2019

Course: ANTHROPOLOGICAL APPROACHES TO PUBLIC HEALTH (MPH 512)

Team Members: AKM Mazharul Islam (Adjunct Professor), Farhana Alam (Course Coordinator) and Ishrat Jahan (Teaching Fellow)

Description of the Module: The ‘Anthropological Approaches to Public Health’ is a week-long course scheduled as the 2nd course of the year-long master’s programme. The objective is to orient students to the diversity of lived experiences and provide an overall understanding of the ground realities of communities which they will be serving as future public health professionals. Through this course, students critically explore how elementary cultural, political and socio-economic aspects within the contemporary developing world shape health determinants. The course takes on a solution centric approach whereby the sessions are designed around working with communities and the development of innovative small scale solutions, which engage students in learning by doing. We believe it is imperative to develop skills that allow public health professionals to understand the importance of and assess how health determinants/needs encompass factors beyond the biomedical. This is critical to inform and shape design, implementation and impact of sustainable health services and systems in an ever-changing world.

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Year 2: 2020

Course: GENDER, SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND RIGHTS (MPH 660)

Team Members: Nadia Farnaz (Teaching Fellow) and Wafa Alam (Teaching Fellow)

Description of the Module: This module will allow students to acquire a broad perspective on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) life cycle of adolescent girls and women; and acquire a layered understanding of the larger factors that shape their lives, their sexual and reproductive health, emotional and mental well-being. The course emphasizes experiential learning with facilitated discussions on SRHR, and how personal determinants of health impact as much as gender, social and structural factors, affecting one’s expectations, choices, constraints and decisions. The module will also discuss the SRHR needs and experiences of men, marginalised communities, including invisible sexualities (eg sex workers, transgender individuals) and the challenges they face from families, communities and in programmes. The students will initially visit the urban low-income community to understand specific SRHR issues faced by adolescent girls, young women and pregnant women/mothers from the lens of the community, followed by interactive and participatory classroom activities such as facilitated discussions, case study, gallery walk, role plays, presentation and feedback session etc. where learners will have an in-depth understanding of the SRHR concepts. Finally, through a synthesis session the students will try to compile and relate their learnings from the community and classroom. The second part of the course requires students to undertake an experiential field-based project on developing solutions to address Respectful Maternity Care (RMC) in two government Upazila Health Complex (UHC)s in rural Bangladesh. The immersive field work in this module helps students identify and analyze a public health problem, and gets students thinking about simple and feasible community centric solutions addressing the various aspects of health.

Year 3: 2021

Course: INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC HEALTH: ITS PURPOSE, VALUES AND PRACTICE (MPH 501)

Team Members: Proloy Barua, Adeepto Intisar Ahmed (Teaching Fellow) and Nibedita Sarkar (Teaching Fellow)

Description of the Module: This course introduces the vision, values and community-centred ethos of 21st century developing country public health needs, and is introduced to a holistic model of health, with personal health as a critical dimension of public health and its complementarity with social dimensions of health. There is intensive urban and rural public health context learning and groups of students work to find solutions to public health problems.

The module is currently being redesigned and the faculty are receiving training. The details will be updated soon.

Year 1: 2019

Course: Climate Change and Health CCD507

Team Members: Md. Nadiruzzaman, Karishma Sinha and Tania Ahmed

Description of the course: This course is taught in the post graduate program and is designed to develop a cohort of researchers and practitioners with knowledge and information on interfaces of climate change with different Anthropocene aspects, such as, livelihoods, disaster, adaptation and mitigation, health, urbanization and so on. The main intention of this program is to help different professional specialized groups to add a climate change lens in their respective work domains. In this course students will be introduced to the range of global environmental changes and their consequences on human health and well-being. Focus will be on climate variability and change are affecting morbidity and mortality due to extreme weather and climatic events.

Year 2: 2020

Course: Course Climate Change and Society ENV415

Team Members: K A Rabbani, Md Ekhtekharul Islam and Saquib Ahmad Khan

Description of the course: This course, taught at the undergraduate level, begins by examining the science behind climate change and then zoom into the impacts of global climate change globally, with a specific focus on Bangladesh. The course will then explore sector specific adaptation strategies for Bangladesh to increase resilience to the effects of climate change.

Year 3: 2021

Course: Disaster Risk Reduction ENV 530

Team Members: Md Ekhtekharul Islam, Tanvir Ahmed Haroon and Tahmina Sultana

Description of the course: Disaster Risk Reduction is intended to provide a basic framework for new and returning facilitators in the Environmental Science and Management Masters Program. This course aims to provide a broad understanding of disaster risk reduction, relevant policies, addressing prevention, preparedness, rescue, and ‘build back better’ concepts. It emphasizes the application of appropriate and practical tools such as social, environmental, and technical measures reflecting the local/community needs of DRR.

Year 1: 2019

Course: Infectious and Tropical Diseases Epidemiology (PHST 3034)

Team Members: AKM Moniruzzaman Mollah and Nazmul Alam

Description of the course: The Infectious and Tropical Diseases Epidemiology (ITDE) has a theoretical base of pathogen causing diseases, transmission and factors that determine patterns of disease occurrence paramount to infectious and tropical diseases epidemiology. It introduces diseases, transmission characteristics and descriptive epidemiology of infectious agents, including emergence of infectious diseases. At the same time, the course captures careful mapping of risk dynamics for infectious and tropical diseases. Risk mapping will cover identification of risk factors, understanding of transmission dynamics and that of social, demographic and behavioral determinants. Understanding of prevention and control measures for infectious and tropical diseases will be fundamental in this course.

Year 2: 2020

Course: Nutrigenetics

Team Members: AKM Moniruzzaman Mollah, Nabila Ishaque Ira m and Anika Asgar

Description of the course: In this course, students will be introduced to the basic concepts of nutrition and human diet and its relation to individual health along with concepts of nutrigenetics, genetics variations among individuals and estimation of genotypes in nutrigenetic studies. The main focus of the course is to study the positive and negative interactions between genetics and nutrients. Students will navigate through different types of diseases (Diabetes, Obesity, Cardiovascular diseases, etc.) and its relation to nutrigenetics. Recent evolving concepts of personalized diets and treatments based on the genetic variation within humans will be covered in this course. Students will examine various diets and nutrients required for patients with different symptoms and diseases. Students will also appreciate the need for nutrigenetics in the community and how it can affect the overall health of a population.

Year 3: 2021

Course: Environmental Health (ENVS 3009)

Team Members: AKM Moniruzzaman Mollah, Sayed Mohammad Nazim Uddin and Neema Marjana

Description of the course: In this course, students will discover the interaction of environment and humans and gain skills through examples of current community health based initiatives and health risk reduction programs at local to global platforms. Students will initially explore the subclasses of environmental health such as environmental epidemiology, environmental toxicology, exposure science, and examine sources, routes, media, and health outcomes associated with the biological, chemical and physical agents in the environment. The aim of this course is to introduce the field of environmental health and its subgroups through a competency based learning approach.