Center of Excellence in Higher Education
The First Private University in Bangladesh

School of Health & Life Sciences


Welcome to the School of Health & Life Sciences at North South University (NSU), to shape the future and make an impact on quality of life. The school is committed to bring positive changes in society through utilization of academia and research by effective innovation and dissemination of knowledge. This effort will contribute to build a better healthier nation. The world has changed rapidly since NSU launched its first health & life sciences degree programs a decade ago. New technologies and bio-medical research have given us insight into the nature of diseases control and revealed the extricable links between the health of individuals and our society, including quality of drugs, food safety and climate change.  

Recent spread of deadly communicable diseases such as Ebola, HIV, H1N1 and SARS via extensive globalization, effect of climate change in environment is continuously challenging medical sciences. Conversely health problems of developed nations like, diabetes, obesity, cancer cardiovascular diseases are emerging as major concern in developing countries.  In addition to the above mentioned changes in disease burden of developing countries, new health care challenges such as, bioterrorism, development of antibiotic resistance pathogens, natural disasters, adulteration of food, lack of clean water supply are becoming a global issues. To meet these new challenges, developing countries must integrate different level of health care services which include both public health professional and researchers from biochemistry microbiology pharmaceuticals and environmental sciences.

Health and Bio-medical Sciences programs are the most multidisciplinary approach in developing cutting edge knowledge to improve the quality of human life. School of Health & Life Sciences at NSU has combined six programs: Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Environmental Sciences, Microbiology, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Public Health which are equally important to bring out success in combating the 21st Century challenges of health and environment.

As a Public Health professional, I do feel that public health issues are indeed complex and they require collaboration across all disciplines including communities and academic partners around the globe. We have much to learn about what makes us susceptible to many diseases, what we can do to promote good health and wellbeing and how to manage the consequences of ill health.

In the School of Health & Life Sciences, we prepare our graduate and undergraduate students as a competent individual from multiple disciplines to address the global health issues and use their knowledge and expertise that they gather here to expand the name and fame of North South University both nationally and internationally.

However big the challenges remain, our capacity for the work and passion for making the world a healthier place are equally important. Please join us, together; we are creating solutions and policies to address the health and environmental problem of our time.

Prof. Dr. Gias U. Ahsan
School of Health & Life Sciences
North South University

North South University is a center of excellence in Bangladesh that promotes the highest standard of edu- cation and research in the country. The School of Health and Life Sciences (SHLS) is one of the leading schools in the University with a diverse and well-rounded set of departments. The school takes pride in its strong academic foundations and ensures the knowledge- based teaching and innovative research. Since its inception, the school has thrived in the establishment of sound collaborations with national and international institutions and agencies aiming to create a Global Health Center that would lead to high-quality research output. Here we aim to give an insight into the overall strengths and key areas of research of the school in a concise manner.


The School of Health and Life Sciences brings together outstanding students and faculty in a collaborative and innovative learning environment. Currently, there are around 1600 outstanding and diverse students from over 13 countries are studying in the four departments of the school.


The School of Health and Life Sciences (SHLS) is dedicated towards generation and dissemination of knowledge to ensure human welfare

  • To create highly competent graduates through innovative education and quality research
  • To achieve professional capability regarding excellent leadership, management and communication skills


Strategic goals

Since the establishment of the school, faculty, staff, students and community partners have begun implementing many of the goals and strategies identified in the plan.

  • Establishment of a sound academic and research environment
  • Development of international standard undergraduate and graduate programs
  • Promoting and enhancing collaborations with national and international institutions
  • Creating a knowledge and information hub for the policy makers and professionals
  • Under the umbrella of Global Health Center, the establishment of new generation facilities for genomics, nano-medicine, and drug development.

Professor Gias U. Ahsan, Ph.D.

Professor Gias U. Ahsan has been serving as the Pro Vice-Chancellor (D) and Dean, School of Health and Life Sciences of North South University (NSU), a top-ranked university in Bangladesh and recognized as the center of excellence, higher education & research. He has also been serving as the Dean, School of Health & Life Sciences(SHLS) where Genome Research Institute, NASA funded Climate Research Center & Global Health Institute had been established under the leadership of Prof. Ahsan. These institutions have been awarded with research & innovation program funding from Canadian IDRC, NIH (USA) World Bank & GoB. Prof. Ahsan has over 28 years of professional experience as a senior administrator, teacher & researcher at North South University, Ministry of Health & other recognized institutions. He has pioneered Public Health higher education in the private sector of Bangladesh, which is widely recognized and appreciated.

Prof. Ahsan has graduated with Ph.D. degree, majoring in Epidemiology (2003) and DTM&H (1992) from the Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University. He has been awarded Fulbright Scholarship from WHO. Prof. Ahsan obtained his Master degree (MPHM) from ASEAN Institute for Health Development, Mahidol University & his MBBS degree from Chittagong University. He has been awarded merit scholarships across all levels of his education.
A selected few highlights of his career achievements & awards are as below:
 Over 100 peer-reviewed journals & conference papers published
 Over 50 keynote papers presented at national and international conferences
 Outstanding research achievement awards from TDR/WHO & from North American universities
 Received Most Outstanding TROPMED Mahidol University Alumni Award, 2015
 Visiting scholar and chair of a notable number of international & national scientific seminars
 Editorial Board Member of two international & national journals
Prof. Ahsan is serving as the current Chairman of University Statutory Committees, comprised of Leave Committee, Need Assessment Committee, Travel & Research Grants Committee, Library Committee etc. Also, he has been serving as the Vice-Chairman & member of other University Statutory Committees like Syndicate, Academic Council etc.

He has taken the leadership role for MoU signing with universities like John Hopkins, Harvard, University of Maryland, George Washington University etc., covering top-ranked universities across North America, Europe, Australia & Asia.