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

Dr. Dipak Kumar Mitra

Full Time Faculty
Professor  & Chair 

Ph.D, Johns Hopkins University, USA
MPH, Harvard University, USA

Phone: +880-2-55668200 Ext: 6250
Office: SAC 828

Curriculum Vitae



Dipak Kumar Mitra is a physician by training and obtained his PhD in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA and MPH from Harvard School of Public Health, USA. He worked in the International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b) from 1994 to 2012 and participated in several research grants as Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator. He then joined the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health as an Assistant Scientist and worked from 2012 to 2015. He led a number of large community-based epidemiological studies and trials as the local Principal Investigator jointly designed and implemented by the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and the icddr,b and funded by NIH, BMGF and USAID.

Currently He is a Professor and chair in the Department of Public Health in North South University. Dr. Mitra has published extensively in high-impact journals. His expertise includes design and maintenance of research surveillance site, design clinical trial and epidemiological studies, data analysis using advanced analytical techniques. He is currently leading academic and research collaborations of North South University with Johns Hopkins University, USA and University of Cambridge, UK. His research interests are maternal, neonatal and child health and non-communicable diseases in developing countries including Bangladesh. Particularly his focus is on scaling up evidence-based low-cost interventions at the community level within existing health systems and measuring their impact.

  1. Lee, A. C., L. C. Mullany, M. Quaiyum, D. K. Mitra, A. Labrique, P. Christian, P. Ahmed, J. Uddin, I. Rafiqullah, S. DasGupta, M. Rahman, E. H. Koumans, S. Ahmed, S. K. Saha, A. H. Baqui and B. Projahnmo Study Group in Bangladesh (2019). "Effect of population-based antenatal screening and treatment of genitourinary tract infections on birth outcomes in Sylhet, Bangladesh (MIST): a cluster-randomised clinical trial." Lancet Glob Health 7(1): e148-e159.
  2. Alliance for, Maternal Newborn Health Improvement mortality study, group (2018). "Population-based rates, timing, and causes of maternal deaths, stillbirths, and neonatal deaths in south Asia and sub-Saharan Africa: a multi-country prospective cohort study." Lancet Glob Health 6(12): e1297-e1308.
  3. Khanam, F., B. Hossain, S. K. Mistry, D. K. Mitra, W. A. Raza, M. Rifat, K. Afsana and M. Rahman (2018). "The association between daily 500 mg calcium supplementation and lower pregnancy-induced hypertension risk in Bangladesh." BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 18(1): 406.
  4. Al Kibria GM, Khanam R, Mitra DK, Mahmud A, Begum N, Moin SMI, Saha SK, Baqui A; Projahnmo Study Group in Bangladesh (2018). Rates and determinants of neonatal mortality in two rural sub-districts of Sylhet, Bangladesh. PLoS One, 13(11), e0206795. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0206795
  5. Baqui AH, Lee AC, Koffi AK, Khanam R, Mitra DK, Dasgupta SK, Uddin J, Ahmed P, Rafiqullah I, Rahman M, Quaiyum A, Koumans EH, Christian P, Saha SK, Mullany LC, Labrique A; MIST Study Team of the Projahnmo Study Group in Bangladesh. (2018). Prevalence of and risk factors for abnormal vaginal flora and its association with adverse pregnancy outcomes in a rural district in north-east Bangladesh. Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. doi:10.1111/aogs.13492
  6. Saha, S. K., S. J. Schrag, S. El Arifeen, L. C. Mullany, M. Shahidul Islam, N. Shang, S. A. Qazi, A. K. M. Zaidi, Z. A. Bhutta, A. Bose, P. Panigrahi, S. B. Soofi, N. E. Connor, Mitra, D. K., R. Isaac, J. M. Winchell, M. L. Arvay, M. Islam, Y. Shafiq, I. Nisar, B. Baloch, F. Kabir, M. Ali, M. H. Diaz, R. Satpathy, P. Nanda, B. K. Padhi, S. Parida, A. Hotwani, M. Hasanuzzaman, S. Ahmed, M. Belal Hossain, S. Ariff, I. Ahmed, S. M. Ibne Moin, A. Mahmud, J. L. Waller, I. Rafiqullah, M. A. Quaiyum, N. Begum, V. Balaji, J. Halen, A. S. M. Nawshad Uddin Ahmed, M. W. Weber, D. H. Hamer, P. L. Hibberd, Q. Sadeq-Ur Rahman, V. R. Mogan, T. Hossain, L. McGee, S. Anandan, A. Liu, K. Panigrahi, A. M. Abraham and A. H. Baqui (2018). "Causes and incidence of community-acquired serious infections among young children in south Asia (ANISA): an observational cohort study." Lancet 392(10142): 145-159.
  7. Khanam, R., A. C. Lee, Mitra, D. K., M. Ram, S. Das Gupta, A. Quaiyum, A. Choudhury, P. Christian, L. C. Mullany and A. H. Baqui (2018). "Maternal short stature and under-weight status are independent risk factors for preterm birth and small for gestational age in rural Bangladesh." Eur J Clin Nutr.
  8. Baqui, A. H., E. D. McCollum, S. K. Saha, A. K. Roy, N. H. Chowdhury, M. Harrison, A. A. M. Hanif, N. Simmons, A. Mahmud, N. Begum, S. Ahmed, A. M. Khan, Z. B. Ahmed, M. Islam, Mitra, D. K., A. Quaiyum, M. A. Chavez, F. Pervaiz, C. H. Miele, H. B. Schuh, R. Khanam, W. Checkley, L. H. Moulton and M. Santosham (2018). "Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine impact assessment in Bangladesh." Gates Open Res 2: 21.
  9. Kibria GMA, Swasey K, Choudhury A, Burrowes V, Stafford KA, Uddin SMI, Mirbolouk M, Sharmeen A, Kc A, Mitra DK: The new 2017 ACC/AHA guideline for classification of hypertension: changes in prevalence of hypertension among adults in Bangladesh. J Hum Hypertens
  10. Mitra, D. K., Mistry, S. K., Afsana, K., & Rahman, M. (2018a). Demographic, socio-economic and lifestyle determinants of under-and over-nutrition among Bangladeshi adult population: Results from a large cross-sectional study. Journal of Epidemiology and Global Health. (In press).
  11. Mitra, D. K., Mullany, L. C., Harrison, M., Mannan, I., Shah, R., Begum, N., Moin, M. I., El Arifeen, S., Baqui, A. H., Projahnmo Study Group in, Bangladesh. (2018). Incidence and risk factors of neonatal infections in a rural Bangladeshi population: a community-based prospective study. J Health Popul Nutr, 37(1), 6.
  12. Yunus, F. M., Khan, S., Mitra, D. K., Mistry, S. K., Afsana, K., & Rahman, M. (2017). Relationship of sleep pattern and snoring with chronic disease: findings from a nationwide population-based survey. Sleep Health: Journal of the National Sleep Foundation.
  13. Aziz, S., Mitra, D. K., & Rahman, M. O. (2017). Identifying Factors Associated With Low Maternal Health Care Seeking Behavior in Bangladesh: Does Women's Autonomy Matter? Women's Reproductive Health, 4(2), 115-125.
  14. AMANHI Maternal Morbidity study group authors. (2016). Burden of severe maternal morbidity and association with adverse birth outcomes in sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia: protocol for a prospective cohort study. J Glob Health, 6,
  15. Baqui, H., Mitra, D. K., Begum, N., Hurt, L., Soremekun, S., Edmond, K., Kirkwood, B., Bhandari, N., Taneja, S., Mazumder, S, Nisar, M. I., Jehan, F., Ilyas, M., Ali, M., Ahmed, I., Shabrina, A., Soofi, S. B., Sazawal, S., Dhingra, U., Dutta, A., & et.el. (2016). Neonatal mortality within 24 hours of birth in six low-and lower-middle-income countries. Bull World Health Organ; 94:752–758B
  16. Lee AC, Mullany LC, Ladhani K, Uddin J, Mitra DK, Ahmed P, Christian P, Labrique A, DasGupta SK, Lokken RP, Quaiyum M, Baqui AH; Projahnmo Study Group. (2016). Validity of newborn clinical assessment to determine gestational age in Bangladesh. Pediatrics, 138,
  17. Mitra, D. K., Mahmud, A., Begum, N., Rafiqullah, I., Roy, A., Moin, S. M., Islam, M., Quaiyum, M. A., Ferdous, J., Applegate, J. A., Saha, S. K. & Baqui, A. H. (2016). Implementation of the ANISA Protocol in Sylhet, Bangladesh: Challenges and Solutions. Pediatr Infect Dis J, 35, S55-9.
  18. Islam, M. S., Baqui, A. H., Zaidi, A. K., Bhutta, Z. A., Panigrahi, P., Bose, A., Soofi, S. B., Kazi, A. M., Mitra, D. K. & ISAAC, R. (2016). Infection Surveillance Protocol for a Multicountry Population-based Study in South Asia to Determine the Incidence, Etiology and Risk Factors for Infections Among Young Infants of 0 to 59 Days Old. The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, 35, S9-S15.
  19. Bartlett, L. A., Lefevre, A. E., Mir, F., Soofi, S., Arif, S., Mitra, D. K., Quaiyum, M. A., Shakoor, S., Islam, M. S., Connor, N. E., Winch, P. J., Reller, M. E., Shah, R., El Arifeen, S., Baqui, A. H., Bhutta, Z. A., Zaidi, A., Saha, S., Ahmed, S. A. & Group, A. N.-P. S. S. (2016). The development and evaluation of a community-based clinical diagnosis tool and treatment regimen for postpartum sepsis in Bangladesh and Pakistan. Reprod Health, 13,
  20. Sarker BK, Rahman M, Rahman T, Hossain J, Reichenbach L, Mitra DK (2016). Reasons for Preference of Home Delivery with Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) in Rural Bangladesh: A Qualitative Exploration. PLoS One; 11(1): e0146161
  21. Mahumud, R. A., Sultana, M., Sheikh, N., Ali, M. N., Mitra, D. K., & Sarker, A. R. (2016). Diagnostic Errors in Low and Middle-Income Countries: Future Health and Economic Burden for Patient Safety. Austin Emerg Med.
  22. Lee AC, Quaiyum MA, Mullany LC, Mitra DK, Labrique A, Ahmed P, Uddin J, Rafiqullah I, DasGupta S, Mahmud A, Koumans EH, Christian P, Saha S, Baqui AH. (2015) Screening and treatment of maternal genitourinary tract infections in early pregnancy to prevent preterm birth in rural Sylhet, Bangladesh: a cluster randomized trial. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth; 15: 326
  23. Ladhani K, Lee A, Quaiyum M, Mullany L, Mitra DK, Labrique A, Christian P, Ahmed P, Rafiqullah I, Saha S. (2015) Prevalence and symptoms of abnormal vaginal flora in rural sylhet, Bangladesh. Annals of Global Health; 81(1): 94-5.
  24. Baqui, A. H., S. K. Saha, A. S. Ahmed, M. Shahidullah, I. Quasem, D. E. Roth, A. K. Samsuzzaman, W. Ahmed, S. M. Tabib, K. Mitra, N. Begum, M. Islam, A. Mahmud, M. H. Rahman, M. I. Moin, L. C. Mullany, S. Cousens, S. El Arifeen, S. Wall, N. Brandes, M. Santosham, R. E. Black and B. Projahnmo Study Group in (2015). "Safety and efficacy of alternative antibiotic regimens compared with 7 day injectable procaine benzylpenicillin and gentamicin for outpatient treatment of neonates and young infants with clinical signs of severe infection when referral is not possible: a randomised, open-label, equivalence trial." Lancet Glob Health 3(5): e279-287.
  25. Seale, A. C., Blencowe, H., Manu, A. A., Nair, H., Bahl, R., Qazi, S. A., et al. (2014). Estimates of possible severe bacterial infection in neonates in sub-Saharan Africa, south Asia, and Latin America for 2012: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Lancet Infect Dis, 14(8), 731-741.
  26. Baqui, A. H., Saha, S. K., Ahmed, A. S., Shahidullah, M., Quasem, I., Roth, D. E., Williams, E. K., Mitra, DK., Shamsuzzaman, A. K., Ahmed, W., Mullany, L. C., Cousens, S., Wall, S., Brandes, N. & Black, R. E. (2013). Safety And Efficacy Of Simplified Antibiotic Regimens For Outpatient Treatment Of Serious Infection In Neonates And Young Infants 0-59 Days Of Age In Bangladesh: Design Of A Randomized Controlled Trial. Pediatr Infect Dis J, 32, S12-8.
  27. Shah, R. , Mullany, L. C., Darmstadt, G. L., Mannan, I., Rahman, S. M., Talukder, R. R., Applegate, J. A., Begum, N., Mitra, DK., Arifeen, S. E., Baqui, A. H., Proj, AHNMo Study Group in Bangladesh (2014) Incidence and risk factors of preterm birth in a rural Bangladeshi cohort. BMC Pediatr. 14:112.

2004-2005   Harvard Presidential Scholarship to pursue MPH at HSPH

2004-2005   Fogarty Training Grant to pursue MPH at HSPH

2008-2012   Fogarty Training Grant to pursue PhD at JHSPH

PhD in 2012 from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of International Health, Global Disease Epidemiology and Control, Baltimore, MD, USA

MPH in 2005 from Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA

MBBS in 1987 from Sher-E-Bangla Medical College, Dhaka University, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Associate Professor and Head (2016-2017) in the School of Public Health, Independent University, Bangladesh

Assistant Scientist (Equivalent to non-tenure Assistant Professor) (2012-2015) in the Health Systems Program, Department of International Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA

PBH 611: Fundamentals of Biostatistics

PBH 642: Fundamentals of Epidemiology

PBH 712: Research Methodology

PBH 842: Clinical Epidemiology

His research interests are maternal, neonatal and child health and non-communicable diseases in developing countries including Bangladesh. Particularly his focus is on scaling up evidence-based low-cost interventions at the community level within existing health systems and measuring their impact.