Department of Public Health

About Us

World’s center of public health research

Established in 1993, the North South University has one of the strongest research and teaching faculties in Asia.

The Department of Public Health, under the School of Health and Life sciences at North South University is a regional and global leader in public health education, research and services, with the largest concentrations in academic population and public health researchers in Bangladesh.

Currently, the department offers the Master of Public Health (MPH) and Executive Masters of Public Health (EMPH).The Department of Public Health is training the next generation of educators, scientists and practitioners who will advance public health in Bangladesh and around the world. Currently, over 700 graduate students are enrolled in two masters programs and the department presents top students at all levels, with an intellectual environment unmatched in depth and breadth on any other Bangladeshi universities. 

The department of public health is making major contributions in areas such as chronic diseases, infectious diseases, and clinical epidemiology; public health policy; social determinants of health and social epidemiology; global health; substance abuse and addictions; occupational and environmental health; and biostatistics methodological research. Research and training are conducted in collaborationwith global partners and also with government agencies.

The department of public health has extraordinary faculty members who are national and international leaders in public health research and practice with backgrounds spanning the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and physical and life sciences.

We invite you all to explore our website and contact our program administrators and faculties to inquire about our training and research opportunities.

Chairman's Message

Message from the Chairman

Welcome to the Department of Public Health. As you know, the Department has created a solid academic & research facilities which are highly conducive to global standard public health education. The department has developed wide range of collaboration networks with internationally reputed universities and organizations to ensure quality learning and career building opportunities of our graduates. Our graduates go on to successful careers in UNO (WHO, UNAIDS, UNICEF, UNFPA etc), International organizations (ICDDR,B, Save the Children, JICA, etc), GoB, Universities and  private organizations. 

Moreover, public health issues are indeed complex, and they require collaboration across campus, with community and academic partners around the world, and with both public and private decision-makers. We have much to learn about what makes us susceptible to many diseases, what we can do to promote good health and well being, and how to manage the long-term consequences of ill health.

The complex global challenges of our age have yielded developments in genetics, biology, communications, and the environment, which in turn have opened countless avenues for research, practice and new partnerships. We’re undergoing a revolution in our understanding of areas as diverse as molecular epidemiology, nanotechnology, health care quality, the dynamics of health behavior, public health genomics, and the interrelationship of ethnicity, culture and health.

Students at the department benefit from this breadth of choice, and from the depth of the educational experience. Our teachers are at the forefront of creating knowledge in their fields. In the past decade, funding for research at the department has more than doubled, and the faculty members are most productive at the University. Research conducted at the department not only provides students with access to the latest developments in their disciplines, but also addresses issues that are center stage for our nation. Some important topics of research at the department include infectious disease transmission, environmental health, obesity and weight management, smoking, substance abuse.

This is an exciting time for the Public Health and Health professionals–a time of growth and academic discovery. We appreciate your interest in the Department and hope to see you on campus soon.

I invite you to learn more about our Public Health & professional degree programs. At NSU you will receive a challenging and rewarding education and embark on a career that will make a difference in the world.


Prof. Dr. G. U. Ahsan, Ph.D
Department of Public Health
North South University

Programs Offered


Designed to prepare practioners, educators and researchers for careers in public health, the MPH and EMPH offers a unique range of specializations with a remarkable breadth of courses and practicum opportunities.

We accept admissions for three semesters (Fall, Summer and Winter). Currently, over 700 graduate students are enrolled in the two masters programs and the department presents top students at all levels with an intellectual environment unmatched in depth and breadth on any other Bangladeshi universities. The students are currently enrolled from 13 countries in the World. The admission is very much competitive. We encourage you to visit us, communicate with faculty and students, and explore the dynamic community of the North South of Public Health.

MPH Admission Requirements:

The minimum qualifications for admission to Graduate programs are:

Academic Qualifications

  1. Bachelor degree in Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) or equivalent professional degree, Dentistry or Doctor of Medicine (MD) from any recognized national and overseas university with at least two years of practical exposure in the professional field. The Doctors must have to be registered with Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council/National Registration Authority.


  1. Four year undergraduate degree from a recognized university with a grade point average of 2.5 or more on a scale of 4.0 in social sciences, anthropology and economics.


  1. Three-year bachelors’ degree with honors with at least a second class in social sciences, anthropology and psychology.


  1. Master degree in health related subject or in any social science, management and other science subjects with an experience of working in health related fields.


  1. A two years graduation in nursing from any recognized university after duly completed four years registered nursing course from government recognized institute. Students other than medical graduate may required to appear before Medical Background Examination Committee to prove their understanding about human health and diseases. They may require taking additional preparatory courses at NSU even after qualifying the test.

The candidate must qualify in an admission test consisting of a statement containing the perspective and goal of the candidate in the field of public health as well as undergo an interview.

An entrance exam designed to measure basic writing, numeric and logical skills may be required of all students.

International students:

Admission criteria for International Students:

  • Bachelor degree in Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) or equivalent professional degree, Dentistry or Doctor of Medicine (MD) from any recognized national and overseas university with at least two years of practical exposure in the professional field.


  • Bachelor and/or Masters degree(s) in social sciences, public health, nursing,      midwifery, health sciences with four year undergraduate degree from a recognized university with a grade point average of 2.5 or more on a scale of 4.0 and also in social  sciences, anthropology and economics.


  • Proficiency in oral and written English and Mathematics is important
  • Preference given to applicants who have a minimum of one year professional experience in health or other social sector

Course Fee (Approximate):

Total 51 credit @ USD 80.00 per credit
Admission fee @ USD 500.00
Caution Money @ USD 100.00
Semester fee @ USD 100.00

Admission of International Applicants

For purposes of admission, all persons who are not citizens or permanent residents of Bangladesh are defined as international applicants. In most cases international applicants seeking admission into NSU must meet the same academic standards for admission, as those required for native students. There are wide variations; however, between educational systems throughout the world that makes exact comparison of educational standards difficult.

International applicants are selected on the basis of their prior academic work, English proficiency, probability of success in the chosen curriculum (as evidenced by prior work in the academic area involved), and certification of adequate financial resources.

Provisional Admission

NSU may tentatively accept applicants for admission who cannot produce official transcripts by the first week of classes, such admissions are provisional. All provisional students who enter the University without complete credentials for admission will be required to submit the appropriate credentials as a prerequisite for continued enrolment. Required credentials must be submitted within the semester of initial enrolment.

Fraudulent Applications

Individuals who provide fraudulent information on applications for admission or readmission are subject to immediate dismissal from the university.

How to Apply

Application Procedure

Applications, including all supporting documents (as mentioned below) and application fee (Taka 1,000) must be submitted not later than the scheduled time. The application fee is non-refundable. Complete application package includes:

(1) Completed application form

(2) Four copies of passport size photographs of the student

(3) One set of all certificates, mark sheets or transcripts (attested)

(4) One set of experience certificates (if any) Should be submitted to the Department of Public Health

Application forms are available at the United Commercial Bank Ltd (UCBL), Bashundhara Branch.

Tution Fees

National Students:

Total 51 credit @ 4225.50 taka per credit.

Admission fee @ 15,000 Tk.

Caution Money @ 5000 Tk.

Semester fee @ 4500 Tk.

International Students (approximate):

Total 51 credit @ USD 80.00 per credit

Admission fee @ USD 500.00

Caution Money @ USD 100.00

Semester fee @ USD 100.00 

Financial Aid

The North South University is unique among the universities of Bangladesh in providing financial support and ensuring access to financial counseling.


[Dept. Of Public Health, NSU is in process for launching Bachelor of science in Public Health(BSPH) Program (4 years) soon; the first initiative from private universities in Bangladesh]

Ongoing Research

Department of Public Health has been conducting some of the most prestigious research studies in collaboration with renowned National & International Organizations:

1. The Department of Public Health of North South University has been awarded the highly prestigious research grant from International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canadian Government for a high impact Dengue Research Project for 4 years. . This is a joint Tran disciplinary research project with University of Manitoba, Canada, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research in Bangladesh (ICDDR, B), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and North South University as a team leader of this research project.

2. Disaster Management Project of Ministry of Food & Disaster Management sponsored by UNDP, UKAID, NORAD, AUSAID.

3. Asian Eco-Health Network Program, where the Department of Public Health of North South University has been selected as the Country Coordination Office.

NSU Funded Research

Epidemiology of the Magnitude of Public Health Problems & barriers in Access to Health Services among the HIV Positive Who has Attendant for Clinical Services in Dhaka City


List of publications to be addedd.

Core Faculty

Dr. G.U. Ahsan [GdA]

Dean, School of Health & Life Sciences
Professor & Chairman
Ph.D., Mahidol University Thailand
MPHM, Mahidol University, Thailand

Dr. Md. Akhter Hossain [MhH]

Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Exeter, UK
MA, University of Exeter, UK

Dr. Ahmed Hossain [AH]

Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Toronto,Canada
MSc., McMaster University, Canada

Dr. Abul Sadeque [Asq]

Assistant Professor
DrPH, University of Texas School of Public Health, USA
MPH, University of Texas School of Public Health, USA

Dr. Nazneen Akhter [Nzt]

Sr. Lecturer
M.Sc., University of London, UK

Dr. Ariful Bari Chowdhury [ABy]

Senior Lecturer
MPH, Curtin University of Technology, Australia

Dr. Mohammad Hayatun Nabi [HtN]

Senior Lecturer
MHSM, University of Western Sydney, Australia
MPH, University of Western Sydney, Australia

Yamin Tauseef Jahangir (YTJ)

MPH, Mahidol University, Thailand

Mr. Samiul Hossain

M.Sc., Leiden University, The Netherlands

Dr. Maleeha Azeem [MeA]

Jr. Lecturer
MPH, North South University

Dr. Shaikh Abdus Salam [SbS]

Jr. Lecturer
MPH, North South University

Dr. Md. Nazrul Islam

Jr. Lecturer (on study leave)
Ph.D. (on Course), University of British Colombia, Canada

Maj. Gen. Prof. Dr. A S M Matiur Rahman (Rtd.)

(Part Time Faculty)
D.Bact, Manchester,UK

Prof. A. K. Azad Khan

(Part Time Faculty)
MBBS , FCPS, MRCP (Oxen) D. Phil (Oxen)
President, Diabetes Association of Bangladesh (BIRDEM)

Prof. Dr. Anwar Islam

(Part Time Faculty)
PhD, MA, BA (Hon’s)
Scientist, ICDDR,B, Bangladesh

Prof. Dr. Shah Monir Hossain

(Part Time Faculty)
Former DGHS & Health Advisor, GoB

Prof. M. Kabir

(Part Time Faculty)
PhD (UK), MSc, BSc
Professor, Jahangirnagar University

Prof. Mahmudur Rahman

(Part Time Faculty)
Director, IEDCR, Dhaka

Prof. Sayeda Afroza

(Part Time Faculty)
Professor, Sir Salimullah Medical College, Dhaka

Prof. Shamsun Nahar

(Part Time Faculty)
PhD (UK)
Professor, NIPSOM, Bangladesh

Mohammad Abdul Qayyum

(Part Time Faculty)
MBA, MSS (Double), BSS
Additional Secretary & National Project Director, CDMP II, MoDM&R.

Prof. Dr. Gour Gobinda Goswami

(Part Time Faculty)
PhD (USA), MS, BS.c (Hon’s)
Professor, North South University

Prof. Manzurul Hassan [Mnz]

(Adjunct Faculty)
Ph.D., Durham University, UK

Dr. Tajul Islam

(Part Time Faculty)
DTM & H (Thailand), MSC (Thailand), MPH (Thailand), MBBS.
Technical Advisor, JICA

Dr. Quamrun Nahar

(Part Time Faculty)
PhD, Mmed Sc, MBBS
Associate Scientist, ICDDR,B, Bangladesh

Dr. Abdur Rahim

(Part Time Faculty)
PhD, MBBS, DPH, MPhil (Norway)
Assistant Professor, NIPSOM


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Part Time Faculty


Visting Faculty


World Health Day 2014 TB Day HIV/AIDS


IDRC Workshop 2010, Disaster management Workshop


Field trip, Health campaign


  1. Mahidol University, Thailand
  2. Bangkok University, Thailand
  3. Assumption University, Thailand
  4.  Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA
  5. Harvard University


1. Mahidol University

2. Assumption University

3. Bangkok University


  1. International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada
  2. University of Manitoba, Canada
  3. International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research in Bangladesh (ICDDR, B)
  4. UNFPA
  5. USAID

Centere of Excellence

  1. SEAPHEIN- South East Asian Public Health Education Institutes Network
  2. Capacity Development Program

Office & Services

Ms. Mobashera Jahan

Designation: Program Officer


Dr. Md. Hasanuzzman



Program Officer
: Room- SAC 827 (SAC Building, Level-8)
Dept. Secretary:
Room- SAC 829 (SAC Building, Level-8)

Contact Us

Department of Public Health

Level-8 (SAC Building)

North South University

Plot # 15, Block # B, Bashundhara R/A, Dhaka-1229

Tel: 55668200, Ext: 1914, 1937



Why apply?

It is a big decision to choose a right graduate program at the right university. Here’s some information to get you started to choose our Public Health program: 

As a student in the Department of Public Health, you will:

  • Study at one of South Asia’s top universities—the North South University.
  • Be exposed to talented professors recognized for their innovative public health research.
  • Attend classes in a state-of-the-art, environmentally-friendly facility.
  • Work and learn alongside students from culturally, geographically, academically diverse backgrounds.
  • Complete your program while studying part time or full time.
  • Get affiliation with recognized national and international organization (WHO, UNAIDS, UNFPA, FAO, USAID etc.) and universities (Johns Hopkins, Cambridge, Manitoba etc.).
  • Fellowship opportunities are also available for meritorious students.Be a part of Public Health family.