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

Juwel Rana

Full Time Faculty
Lecturer                    

Master of European Public Health (MEPH), University of Sheffield, UK
MEPH in Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, EHESP School of Public Health, France
MSS & BSS in Sociology, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

ORCID: 0000-0001-5597-664X

Phone: +880-2-55668200 Ext: 6426
Email: juwel.rana01@northsouth.edu
Office: SAC 1103

Mr. Juwel Rana joined the Department of Public Health as Lecturer in December 2019. He has pursued dual Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in European Master of Public Health (MEPH) from the University of Sheffield, the UK, and MEPH in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences from the EHESP School of Public Health, France, under the prestigious Erasmus Mundus Scholarship. He also completed an MSS and BSS in Sociology from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Before joining the Department of Public Health at North South University, Mr. Juwel worked as Research Scholar at the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the University of Massachusetts (UMASS) Amherst, USA. 

Mr. Juwel Rana’s major scientific interests are to develop or improve epidemiologic methods related to risk prediction, repeated measures, multivariate analysis, causal mediation analysis, causal inference, mixture analysis, simulation study, big data and application of machine learning approaches. He applies these techniques in perinatal epidemiology (early childhood development, developmental delays, and disorders, child mortality), maternal & reproductive health, non-communicable diseases, and environmental epidemiology.

He published more than ten research papers in peer-reviewed journals such as the PLOS One, International Journal of Environmental Research, Reproductive Health, Frontiers in Medicine, International Urogynecology Journal, Public Health, and Family Medicine & Primary Care. He serves as the managing editor of South Asian Journal of Social Sciences (SAJSS), regional editor of Global Dialogue, member of reviewer board in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJRPH), Family Medicine & Primary Care Review, International Journal of Women’s Health, and Indian Journal of Health, Sexuality & Culture (IJHSC). He is an active member of different professional networks such as The Society for Epidemiologic Research, and International Society for Environmental Epidemiology.

  1. Bellanger M, Barry K, Rana J, Regnaux J. Cost-Effectiveness of Lifestyle-Related Interventions for the Primary Prevention of Breast Cancer : A Rapid Review. Front Med [Internet]. 2020;6(February):1–10. Available from: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fmed.2019.00325/full 
  2. Rana J, Ahmmad Z, Sen KK, Bista S, Islam RM. Socioeconomic Differentials in Hypertension based on JNC7 and ACC/AHA 2017 Guidelines Mediated by Body Mass Index: Evidence from Nepal Demographic and Health Survey. PLoS One [Internet]. 2020;15(1):e0218767. Available from: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0218767
  3. Rana J, Sen KK, Sultana T, Hossain MB, Islam RM. Prevalence and determinants of menstrual regulation among ever-married women in Bangladesh: evidence from a national survey. Reprod Health [Internet]. 2019;16(123):1–9. Available from: https://reproductive-health-journal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12978-019-0785-7
  4. Rana J, Uddin J, Peltier R, Oulhote Y. Associations between Indoor Air Pollution and Acute Respiratory Infections among Under-Five Children in Afghanistan: Do SES and Sex Matter? Int J Environ Res Public Health [Internet]. 2019;16(16):2910. Available from: https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/16/16/2910 
  5. Islam RM, Oldroyd J, Rana J, Romero L, Karim MN. Prevalence of symptomatic pelvic floor disorders in community-dwelling women in low and middle-income countries: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Int Urogynecol J [Internet]. 2019;30(12):2001–11. Available from: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00192-019-03992-z
  6. Uddin J, Pulok MH, Johnson RB, Rana J, Baker E. Association between child marriage and institutional delivery care services use in Bangladesh: intersections between education and place of residence. Public Health [Internet]. 2019;171(June):6–14. Available from: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0033350619300952
  7. Juwel R, Ahsan MA. Social Learning and Governance. In: Farazmand A, editor. Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance [Internet]. Springer, Cham; 2019. p. 1–9. Available from: https://link.springer.com/referenceworkentry/10.1007%2F978-3-319-31816-5_1977-1
  8. Rana J. Social determinants of awareness and behavior regarding STDs and HIV/AIDS among ever married women in Bangladesh. Fam Med Prim Care Rev [Internet]. 2016;18(4):460–9. Available from: https://www.termedia.pl/Social-determinants-of-awareness-and-behavior-regarding-STDs-r-nand-HIV-AIDS-among-ever-married-women-r-nin-Bangladesh,95,28726,0,1.html
  9. Khandaker S, Rana J. Effectiveness of antismoking campaigns using health shock appeals among male university students in Western Australia. Fam Med Prim Care Rev [Internet]. 2016;18(3):253–261. Available from: https://www.termedia.pl/Effectiveness-of-antismoking-campaigns-using-health-shock-r-nappeals-among-male-university-students-in-Western-Australia,95,28439,0,1.html
  10. Rana J. Cartoon Dynamics and Its Impact on the Middle Class Children: An Analysis on the Perception of Parents and Children in Dhaka City. J Soc Stud [Internet]. 2015 Dec;148(October-December):78–100. 

2019: J-1 Scholar (Feb 19-July 19) at Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, University of Massachusetts     Amherst, USA. 

2019: Conference Bursary (Travel Grants, Accommodation & Registration), Society for Social Medicine & Population Health and International Epidemiology Association European Congress Joint Annual Scientific Meeting held on 4-6 Sep 2019 in University College Cork, Ireland. 

2017-19: Erasmus Scholar, Erasmus Mundus Excellence Scholarship for the Double Master’s Degree in European Public Health in The University of Sheffield, UK and EHESP French School of Public Health, France. 

2016: ISA Travel Grants by Research Committee 09-Social Transformations and the Sociology of Development, to attend the ISA Forum of Sociology in Vienna, Austria. 

2015: 3rd Best Poster Award, The Universal Health Coverage: A Policy & Solutions Conference organized by PPRC, The Rockefeller Foundation, The World Bank and others, Bangladesh.

2013: MSS Dissertation Grants from Bangladesh Institute of Labor Studies (BILS).

 2011-12: Freedom Fighter Sheikh Kamal Scholarship for two consecutive semesters at the MSS, Department of Sociology, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

 2011-12: Dhaka University Merit Scholarship for two consecutive semesters at the MSS, Department of Sociology, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. 

2007-12: Education Board Merit Scholarship for eight consecutive semesters at the undergraduate and two semesters at the MSS at the University of Dhaka from Rajshahi Education Board, Bangladesh.

 2008-12: Exim Scholar, Exim Bank Merit Scholarship Program for eight consecutive semesters at the undergraduate and two semesters at the MSS, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

 2008-13: SEL Scholar, Structural Engineers Ltd. Charitable Foundation Merit Scholarship Program for eight consecutive semesters at the undergraduate and two semesters in the MSS, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Master of European Public Health, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom

Master of European Public Health in Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, EHESP School of Public Health, France

Master of Social Sciences in Sociology, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Bachelor of Social Sciences in Sociology, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Feb 2019-Dec 2019: Research Scholar, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, School of Public Health and Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA. 

Project 1: Comparison of novel and innovative statistical methods (WQS, BKMR, BART and Super Learner with G-computation) for Estimating Health Effects of Chemical Mixtures in Environmental Epidemiologic Studies

Project 2: Early Childhood Development in 34 Low-middle Income Countries (LMICs)

Project 3: Early Life Exposure to Chemical Mixtures among Taiwanese Children- The Taiwanese Maternal and Infant Cohort Study

Aug 2018-Jan 19: Research Assistant, EHESP French School of Public Health, Paris.

Project: Primary Prevention of Breast Cancer & Economic Evaluation.

May 2016-May 17: Research Associate, Zayed University (UAE).

Project: Best Practices in Labor Recruitment for Employment in the Gulf Countries: A Case Study of Recruitment of Domestic Workers from Bangladesh and Indonesia.

April 2018-Present: Visiting Faculty (Distance Learning), Indus International University, Himachal Pradesh, India

Jan 2016-Jan 17: Adjunct Faculty (Lecturer), Department of Sociology, Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science & Technology University, Bangladesh. 

Jan 2015-Jan 16: Adjunct Faculty (Lecturer), Department of Social Relations, East West University (EWU), Bangladesh.

May 2014-Dec 14: Lecturer (Full-time), Department of Sociology, Dhaka International University (DIU), Bangladesh.

Jan 2011-March 14: Graduate Research Assistant, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. 

Major Projects:

  1. Court User Survey on the Services Provided by Two District Courts in Comilla and Pabna, Justice Sector Facility Project funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
  2. Waste Management Process and Sustainable City-Thakurgaon Municipal funded by The Ministry of LGRD, Bangladesh.

Nov 2010 – June 11: Monitoring & Evaluation Volunteer (Payment Based), International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR, B).

Project: Promoting Better Infant and Child Feeding Practices in the Slums through Performance Based Payment Program funded by The World Bank.

July 2010-July 17: Founder & Executive Director, South Asia Institute for Social Transformation (SAIST), formerly known as South Asian Youth Research Institute for Development (SAYRID).

Key Roles: Managing the institute and funds, leading research projects and training. Notable projects & Role-

Principal Investigator, Effect of Cooking Fuels on the Women and Children Health: A Case-Control Study in Two Villages, a project of SAIST.

Principal Investigator, Occupational Health Status of the Industrial Workers: A Sociological Study in the Selected Industrials Areas in Dhaka, a project of SAYRID/SAIST.

Principal Investigator, Time Use Pattern of Students in the Selected Public and Private Universities in Dhaka, a project of SAIST.

Undergraduate Level

PBH101: Introduction to Public Health

Masters Level 

PBH714: Application of Computer Software in Public Health

Managing Editor, South Asian Journal of Social Sciences, affiliated with the International Sociological  Association (ISA).

Regional Editor (Bangladesh), Global Dialogue, International Sociological Association (ISA).

Member (Reviewer Board), since 2019, International Journal of Environmental Research and  Public Health affiliated with The International Society Doctors for the Environment (ISDE) and Italian Society of Environmental Medicine (SIMA).

Reviewer since 2016, Family Medicine and Primary Care Review, an official journal of the Polish Society of Family Medicine.

Reviewer since 2019, International Journal of Women's Health published by Dove Medical Press.

Member (Reviewer Board), since 2019, Indian Journal of Health, Sexuality and Culture (IJHSC), an official journal of Indian Institute of Sexology, Bhubaneswar.

Advisor, Prescription Bangladesh-a sexual and mental health education program in Bangladesh.

Regular Member, The Society for Epidemiologic Research, since 2019

Regular Member, International Society for Environmental Epidemiology, since 2019

Regular Member, The European Public Health Association (EUPHA), since 2018

Regular Member, Society for Social Medicine and Population Health, since 2018

  • Epidemiologic Methods
  • Novel and Innovative Statistical Methods
  • Machine Learning and Causal Inference
  • Big Data
  • Chronic Diseases
  • Chemical Mixture Analysis
  • Child and Maternal Health
  • Reproductive Health