Workshop on Public Health & Epidemiology: Application in Research and Program Planning

Workshop on Public Health & Epidemiology: Application in Research and Program Planning

University of South Asia organized a public health and disability workshop in collaboration with the Asian Institute of Disability and Development (AIDD) and CSF Global at the university’s Prof. M.A. Matin Memorial Auditorium on 14 July 2017, Friday.The event titled: “Workshop on Public Health & Epidemiology: Application in Research and Program Planning” was attended by 147 participants including dignitaries from NGOs and educational institutes, researchers, academics, international and national students, and various professionals. The workshop was inaugurated by the honourable Vice-Chancellor of the University of South Asia Prof. Wadud Mondal. The event consisted of a series of interactive working sessions by the resource persons, Prof. M.A. Muhit, Chairman, University of South Asia and Dr Gulam Khandaker, Senior Lecturer, University of Sydney, Australia. AIDD is an academic research institute of the University of South Asia which is working in collaboration with CSF Global, an international NGO committed towards right-based inclusive societies for children with disabilities.

The workshop sessions covered the introduction and key aspects of public health, concepts of epidemiology, methods and study design, evidence in public health, and case studies of childhood disability programs. The speakers focused on applied concepts of public health to portray the real essence of the discipline. The significance of public health in various spheres of everyday life, including areas of medical and allied health professionals, engineering, journalism, economics and other disciplines, was highlighted. Public health provides a scope for blending various disciplines to create innovations such as key informant method, population based surveillance om disability and other initiatives. The job market and opportunities for public health graduates is growing in Bangladesh; professionals seeking a public health career have the option to explore the sectors of research, training, NGO and development, academia, consultancy, and social business. The graduate program in public health, Master of Public Health (MPH) is not restricted to doctors only, but is now a feasible and accessible option for individuals from many different backgrounds.

It was stressed that evidence is required to campaign for health programs and policy planning aimed towards prioritizing public health and health expenditures in the country. Public health research can have a huge impact on society, the ultimate focus being program planning and management for public health interventions. This was illustrated by the campaign in developing countries to address vitamin A deficiencythat was successful in greatly reducing childhood blindness and child mortality, a cost-effective intervention that had a huge impact. This underscores the importance and potential of success for designing and implementing effective programs.  The speakers shared examples and case studies of public health initiatives from their years of experience, health models to improve accessibility to health care services from around the world as well as Bangladesh including the Childhood Blindness in Bangladesh and the Bangladesh Cerebral Palsy Register (BCPR) studies.

This event was the first in a series of public health workshops with international public health experts organized by the collaborators as part of their efforts to guide and implement training and education programs for the next generation of public health leaders who are focused on improving the health and lives of people.

One of the resource persons of the workshop Prof. M. A. Muhit explained the purpose of the workshop as “What we are trying to achieve through this workshop is to bring together the field of Public Health and the whole sector of disability together. So that Public Health can contribute into inclusive disability development and disability sectoral specialist can contribute into improving Public Health to become more inclusive for disable people in Bangladesh.”

Glimpse of the workshop


Resource Person: Prof. M. A. Muhit,            Resource Person: Dr. Gulam Khandaker,
MBBS (DMC), MSC (London),                           MBBS, DCH (Sydney), MPH (Australia), 
MSc (Oph) (Bristol), PhD (London)                   PhD (Sydney), FAFPHM (Australia)
Chairman,                                                     Head, Dept. of Public Health,
University of South Asia                                  University of South Asia



Participants                                                    Idea Exchange session


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