Cutting-edge Research at BRAC JPGSPH, BRAC University 

Over the past decade, BRAC JPGSPH has built up research capacity through over 90 national and multi-country research projects within different spheres of public health. Our research provides evidence, translates knowledge into action and ensures advocacy on emerging and critical issues in public health. Areas of research have included gender equity, health equity, health workforce, human rights and health, implementation science, infectious disease, maternal and child health, nutrition, programme evaluation sexual and reproductive health rights, adolescents and youth populations, sexuality of marginalized communities, urban health of slum populations, and more.

BRAC JPGSPH researchers rely on qualitative and quantitative methodologies, as well as mixed methods and anthropology. These procedures provide comprehensive and quality evidence to communities, practitioners, government, and implementation partners. Research findings are also incorporated into development interventions undertaken by the Government of Bangladesh, BRAC and other implementing organisations.

The School has been training future research scientists and public health professionals in an environment rich in learning, solutions and service orientation. Our aim is to prepare public health leaders and innovators dedicated to improving public health. Partnerships have been forged with leading academic and research institutions globally to build a bridge across North-South collaborations and South-South collaborations to create evidence and influence policy nationally and globally.


Research in Collaboration with our Centres of Excellence

The School’s Centers of Excellence are the hubs for research practice. Critical and emerging developing country health needs are investigated to identify evidence for policy and for

program-based solutions. (In chronological order by year of establishment.)

1. Centre of Excellence for Gender, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (CGSRHR)

The Centre of Excellence for Gender, Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (CGSRHR) formerly known as Centre for Gender, Sexuality and HIV/AIDS (CGSH) was initially formed as a Collaborating Centre between UNAIDS and BRAC University’s James P Grant School of Public Health in 2008. The Centre’s work focuses on research, policy, advocacy and training activities in the areas of gender, sexual and reproductive health rights, sexuality, and rights in Bangladesh and the region. It is led by Dr. Sabina Faiz Rashid, Professor and Dean of BRAC JPGSPH, BRAC University. Show CV

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2. Centre of Excellence for Health Systems and Universal Health Coverage (CoE-HS&UHC)

To accelerate evidence informed, equitable and sustainable action towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Bangladesh and globally, the Centre of Excellence for Health Systems and Universal Health Coverage was established in 2011 with generous support from the Rockefeller Foundation. It is led by Professor Syed Masud Ahmed. Show CV

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3. Centre of Excellence for Urban Equity and Health (CUEH)

Established in 2013, The Centre for Urban Equity and Health (CUEH), through research, training and partnership building, fosters innovation on how to redress urban health inequities within Bangladesh and globally. It is led by Professor Zahidul Quaiyyum (Show CV) & Associate Professor Tanvir Hassan. Show CV

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4. Centre of Excellence for Science of Implementation and Scale-Up (CoE-SISU)  

Formed in 2016 and established in collaboration with BRAC JPGSPH and UNICEF, the Centre aims to bridge the gaps and address the issues that will allow for successful scaling up and implementation of interventions. It is led by Professor Malabika Sarker. Show CV

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5. Centre of Excellence for Non-Communicable Diseases and Nutrition (CNCDN)  

Established in 2017, CNCDN aims to reduce mortality and complications related to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and malnutrition in Bangladesh through prevention, treatment and control. The specific objectives are to conduct research, work with government to develop guidelines for prevention, treatment and control, and perform evidence based advocacy around NCDs and malnutrition. It is led by Professor Malay Kanti Mridha. Show CV

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Humanitarian Research Hub  

Since 2018, BRAC JPGSPH continues to conduct research on Rohingya refugees across 3 of its Centres of Excellence in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh; in efforts to comprehend the gaps in public health service delivery and identify challenges to improve well being of the Rohingya community. It is led by Professor Kaosar Afsana. Show CV