Department of Public Health


“Working Together For Equitable Health”

Department of Public Health of State University of Bangladesh is the pioneer among the private universities to start Master of Public Health (MPH) Program. Since May 2003, more than 700 students including many foreign students from Nepal, Uganda have graduated from this Department. The pursuit of knowledge through MPH program not only leads to a well-educated society and a highly trained professional work force, but also contributes significantly to the national and international health development.


To be the leader in Public Health Education providing Public Health Professionals with skills & expertise necessary to improve the health status & quality of life in developing countries like Bangladesh.


  • To develop skilled Public Health Professionals to meet society’s interest in assuring conditions in which people can lead a healthy quality life.
  • Provide quality education to think critically & creatively to solve public health related problems.
  • Enhance research skills for new insights and innovative solutions to meet various challenges.
  • Contribute to develop proper skills to communicate ideas & views clearly & effectively using multi-disciplinary approaches

Why MPH?

Public Health has emerged as an important concern globally. The field of public health is constantly evolving in response to the needs of communities and populations around the world. In the developed world, public health education has been established as a prestigious one. However, in developing world, the public health education and health promotion strategies need further strengthening. In achieving MDGs, role of public health is crucial in Bangladesh like other developing countries. The MPH program of State University of Bangladesh (SUB) is committed to contribute positively in the health and academic arena of the country. This program aims at imparting training for the multidisciplinary professionals engaged in health care with required skills to conduct research, develop appropriate policy, and manage health service.

Strategies of SUB for MPH

Department of Public Health is a vibrant, multi-disciplinary network of individuals who combine to provide exceptional and internationally recognized education in the field of public health. Public health professionals have a major role in health care management within the health-care delivery system. The diversity and complexity of professional practice and projections of future trends, requires creativity not only in public health practices, but also in the related disciplines to meet the solutions to the challenges that may confront in future.


Course Contents and Duration of MPH Program

The MPH Program offers 7 core courses, 40 elective courses/ optional courses;

Total credit hours: 51

Semesters: 3-4 semesters for Regular batch and 5-6 semesters for Friday batch

Number of Courses Credit Hours
Core Public Health Courses 7 19
Elective Courses 5 13
Dissertation 1 10
Optional Courses 2  6
Practicum/Internship 1  3
Total 16 51

There is arrangement for flexible options as per need of the respective learners which facilitates the completion of course within short time. However, there are provisions for experienced students to accelerate the six months allocated to dissertation and to have the final internship waived, thus completing the full course, in one calendar year. A series of short courses are also offered on the core subjects at the program.

Core Public Health Courses

PUBH 1013 Epidemiology I

PUBH 1023 Biostatistics I

PUBH 3112 Health Economics and Health Care Financing

PUBH 1053 Behavioral Sciences

PUBH 2063 Public Health Administration & Management

PUBH 1042 Independent Field Study on Community Diagnosis in Public Health

PUBH 2083 Research Methodology


Major Areas of Specialization of MPH

  • Epidemiology
  • Occupational and Environmental Health
  • Population and Reproductive Health
  • Hospital Management
  • Public Health Nutrition
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Education & Health Promotion
  • Public Health Dentistry
  • Community Ophthalmology
  • Health Care Management
  • Climate Change and Disaster Management
  • Policy Advocacy

Facilities Available

  • Own built-in campus with air-conditioned spacious class & seminar rooms with multimedia facilities
  • Well equipped modern library with e-library facilities
  • Wi-Fi internet connection
  • Modern teaching aids with appropriate academic environment
  • Modern research lab with one-to-one desktop
  • Arrangement for internship  & field training at different NGOs and Health related organizations
  • Hostel facilities available on request

Strengths of Dept. of Public Health

  • Highly qualified faculty members from home and abroad
  • Credit based program incorporating national and international curriculum
  • The course curriculum is recognized by North-American ‘World Education Service’ (WES)
  • Scope for Medical as well as Non-medical graduates for enrolment
  • Collaborations with a number of national and international universities and organizations
  • Fellowship opportunity from various International development partners like USAID
  • Arrangement for paid internship & field training.
  • Regular publication of SUB Journal of Public Health (SUBJPH, ISSN: 1998-6076)
  • Need based field trips are also organized for students in different disciplines
  • Department imparts quality education and co-curricular activities including workshops, seminars and symposium.


  • Mahidol University, Bangkok
  • Tribhuban University, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Kathmandu University, Nepal
  • Purbanchal University, Nepal
  • Kyrgyz Republic Chui University, Kyrgyzstan
  • Wah Medical College,Wah Cantt. Pakistan
  • ORBIS International


Admission Process

The university operates a round the year admission system divided into trimesters i.e. spring, summer and fall. The students are required to fulfill the university admission requirement besides the UGC guidelines. The admission forms and relevant information can be collected from the Admissions Office in the main building. Completed applications together with required documents should be submitted to the Admission Office as per deadlines.

For convenience of the graduate students seeking admission in the master programs, the admission office is also open on Fridays and Saturdays besides the normal university working hours.

Admission Eligibility

The department of Public Health is committed to quality human resources development in the field of Public Health by providing quality education:

  1. MBBS, BDS or equivalent degree from any medical colleges recognized by Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council (BMDC) plus one year internship training.
  2. Post-graduates or Masters in Biological or Relevant Sciences.
  3. B.Sc. Nursing as recognized by respective National Nursing council or equivalent degrees.
  4. B.Sc in Health Education or equivalent degree from an accredited institution.
  5. Applicants must hold any of the following degrees: M.D., B. Pharm., D.D.S., D.V.M., B.Sc. in Physiotherapy, BSc in Lab. Science, or any Health related degree, from an accredited institution.
  6. At least Second class in all exams or a minimum CGPA of 2.5 on a 4-point scale.
  7. Applicants having TOEFL score of minimum 500 or IELTS score 5.00 or other equivalent English Proficiency Test score will be given preference.
  8. As the course is conducted in English, applicants with good command in English is necessary for admission.

Medical Graduates with experience of 02 years or more and Non-Medical graduates with experience of 03 years or more respectively, in the field of Public Health or a related area (excluding internship) will be preferred. Applicants should have an experience working in developing countries. Students will be selected through an assessment of their application form. Prescribed application form will be available in the institution on payment of usual fee for registration. A minimum of 45 credits with a GPA of at least 2.5(C+ average) and at least one full year (3 semesters) of participation are required. Every student has to satisfactorily complete a field research project (Dissertation) to completely fulfil the requirement of MPH degree.

Faculty Members

Maj. Gen. (Retd.) Dr. M Shahjahan

MBBS, MCPS, MD (India)


Prof. Dr. Nawzia Yasmin

MBBS (DMC), MPH (Sydney)

Professor & Head

Prof. Dr. Harun-Ar- Rashid

MD, MSc, MPH, PhD, FRCP (Edin), MBA


Nuhad Raisa Seoty

MSc, MPH, MPhil


Papia Sultana

BSc (Nutrition), MPH, MSS


Adjunct Faculty Members

Prof. Dr. Rubaiul Murshed

Consultant, Hospital Management, BSMMU

Prof. Amal Mitra

Professor, University of Southern Mississippi, USA

Dr. Akbar Sk. Md. Fazle

Ex Associate Professor, Ehime University School of Medicine, Japan

Prof. Jahangir Kabir

Chief Consultant & Head of the Department of Urology, LABAiD Specialized Hospital, Dhaka

Prof. Dr. Sohel Reza Choudhury

Professor, Dept. of Epidemiology & Research, National Heart Foundation

Prof. Md. Israt Rayhan

Professor & Director, ISRT, University of Dhaka

Prof. Dr. Shah Ehsan Habib

Professor, Dept. of Sociology, University of Dhaka

Dr. Md. Tajul Islam

Technical Advisor, JICA

Dr. Abu Jamil Faisel

Country Representative, EngenderHealth

Dr. M H Faruquee

Head, Dept. of Occupational and Environmental Health, BUHS

Dr. Md. Aminul Hasan

Deputy Director, Health Economics unit , DGHS


Class Schedule of Spring 2017

Classes of Spring Semester 2017 for existing batches will start from 20.01.2017 (Friday) and the classes

MOU Signing Ceremony between the Department of Public Health, SUB and the Practical Action, Bangladesh

The Department of Public Health of State University of Bangladesh and the Practical Action Bangladesh entered

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