MPH in Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD)

The Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD) program is designed for the professionals working or aiming at a career in the public health arena. The noncommunicable diseases are sweeping throughout the entire globe and are a slow motion disaster, as most of these diseases develop over time and already became a public health threat for 21st century. There is an increasing trend in developing countries, where the demographic and socio-economic transition imposes more constraints on dealing with the double burden of communicable and noncommunicable diseases in a poor environment, characterized by poor health systems. Noncommunicable diseases are responsible for 63% (38 million) of all deaths globally. Four groups of diseases account for 82% of all NCD deaths - annually cardiovascular diseases death 17.5 million people, followed by cancers (8.2 million), respiratory diseases (4 million), and diabetes (1.5 million). Eighty percent of deaths due to NCDs occur in developing countries with significant social, economic, and health consequences. Bangladesh has been experiencing an epidemiological transition from communicable diseases to Noncommunicable diseases and now facing double burden. According to the NCD Country Profile 2011 (WHO), NCDs are estimated to account for 52% (CVDs-27%, Cancer-9%, Respiratory diseases-6%, Diabetes mellitus-2% and other NCDs-8%) of all deaths in Bangladesh. If we add injury (10%) then it will account to two-third (62%) of all deaths in our country. So the projection reflects that NCDs have already appeared as a major public health problems in Bangladesh and this situation can be explained by existence of globalization, poorly planned urbanization, and environmental and lifestyle factors such as tobacco use, physical inactivity, the harmful use of alcohol and unhealthy diets. The burden of these conditions affects countries worldwide but with a growing trend in developing countries. Preventive strategies must be taken into account against growing trend of risk factors correlated to these diseases. Therefore, these factors must be known by the students for better understanding of root causes of NCDs that will help them to formulate preventive and control strategies of major noncommunicable diseases.



  • MPH in Diabetology

Objectives of the Program

  • Conceptualized Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and their significance.
  • State the epidemiological determinants (risk factors/ predisposing factors) of NCDs.
  • Develop skill in conducting screening program and ongoing surveillance activities on NCDs.
  • Illustrate the measures of prevention and Control of NCDs.
  • Demonstrate how research findings can contribute to improved health practice and/or relevant policy and thereby, reduce the overall burden of NCDs.
  • Mention the effect of globalization on NCDs.

Courses to be covered


Essentials of Public Health, Globalization and Non Communicable Diseases, NCD General, Basics of Health Promotion and Health Education, Basics of Biostatistics, Introduction to Demography and Population Dynamics, Basics of Health Economics, Nutrition in life cycle, NCD Applied, Risk Assessment, Prevention and Management of NCDs & Contemporary Health Care System in LMICs, Bioethics, Basics of Epidemiology, Basics of Research Methodology, Data analysis using relevant softwares, Health System Management and Policy, Screening and Surveillance of NCDs, Advanced and Latest concept on Metabolic Endocrine Diseases, Advanced Research Method in NCDs, Comprehensive field visit, Protocol development and presentation, Project Administration, Management and Evaluation, Final Research work.


Program’s Duration and Credits


Total 80 credits have to be completed in a minimum time span of 1 year but usual time of completion 2 years


Commencement of the Program


Each new Program will commence in March (Spring) and September (Fall) Sessions every year (02 intakes per year)

Admission Requirements


Following entry criteria for the students have been selected focusing this noble vision:

  • MBBS or equivalent degree from any medical colleges recognized by Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council (BMDC) plus one year internship training.
  • Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy plus one year internship training
  • BSc Nursing with registration in Bangladesh Nursing Council plus one year of work experience.
  • Foreign Students with equivalent qualifications are eligible.
  • Equivalence will be decided by a Committee called ‘Equivalence Committee’ formed by the Academic Council of BUHS

Job Opportunities

  • Teaching posts in the Dept. of Public Health in the private University
  • Research position in the field of public health in government and non government organization
  • Opportunity in Higher education (PhD)
  • Various key positions in different projects and organization like, World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Position in policy making level


Graduate Program

No Graduate Program is available now


Fees of the Program

Total TK: 2,50,000/= for local students. Waiver is given for the physicians to reduce the tuition fees.


Visiting & Mailing Address

Department of Noncommunicable Diseases
Bangladesh University of Health Sciences
Room No: H-9, 125/1, Darus Salam
Mirpur-1, Dhaka-1216, Bangladesh.
Phone: [880] 2-8055312, 9010654, Ext: 1332
Fax: [880] 2-8055312


Visiting Hours: 10 AM – 5 PM

Head of the Department

Dr. Mithila Faruque

Head, Department of Noncommunicable Diseases

Bangladesh University of Health Sciences (BUHS)

125/1, Darus Salam, Mirpur-1, Dhaka-1216


Telephone: 8035501-6,Ext: 1332

Mobile No:+880 1673637393


Visiting Hours: 10.00 AM-5.00 PM

Faculty Members

Honorary Advisor

Prof AK Azad Khan
Prof Hajera Mahtab

SM Saidur Rahman Mashreky

Head of the Dept
Dr Mithila Faruque
Visiting Professor
Professor Akhtar Hussain (Norway)
Professor Graham Hitman (UK)
Professor Abdul Basit (Pakistan)
Professor Anup Mishra (India)
Professor Ali Ahmed (USA)
Professor Bhatta Rai (Nepal)
Honorary Professor
Professor Zafar Ahmed Latif (BIRDEM)
Professor Faruq Pathan (BIRDEM)
Professor Tofail Ahmed (BIRDEM)
Adjunct Professor
Dr. M Mostafa Zaman
National Professional Officer for NCD in WHO Bangladesh
Full-time Faculties
Assistant Professor
Dr Mithila Faruque
Sr Lecturer
Palash Chandra Banik
Sharmin Sultana
Guest Faculties
Dr Firoz Amin
Associate Professor
Dept of Endocrinology & Diabetology, BIRDEM
Dr SM Ashrafuzzaman
Associate Professor
Dept of Endocrinology & Diabetology, BIRDEM
Dr Sultana Marufa Shefin
Junior Consultant
Dept of Endocrinology & Diabetology, BIRDEM
Dr Tareen Ahmed
Deputy Director
Health Education Dept, BIRDEM
Prof Kamal.U.A.Chowdhury
Dept. of Clinical Psychology
Dhaka University
Prof Sohel Reza Choudhury
Head, Dept. of Epidemiology & Research
National Heart Foundation Hospital & Research Institute
Prof Anisur Rahman
Professor, Dept. of Epidemiology, NIPSOM
Nahid Akhter Jahan
Associate Professor
Institute of Health Economics
University of Dhaka
Dr. Quamrun Nahar
Associate Professor James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University
Dr. Zahidur Rahman
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Public Health & Hospital administration, NIPSOM
Dr. Mahfuzur Rahman Bhuiyan
National Consultant
Dr. Talat Islam
Associate Professor Epidemiology, Asian University for Women
Visiting Professor
Prof Sk Akhter Ahmed
Prof MSA Mansur Ahmed
Prof Abdul Khaleque Akhand
Dr Asirul Hoque
Prof Fazlur Rahman
Dr Nazrul Haider
Dr Pradip Kumar Sen Gupta
Dr Shahnaz Chowdhury
Dr Mahmuda Anasari

Faculty Members

Dept of Community Medicine Faculty Members

Adjunct Professor

Dr Haroon-ur-Rashid 

Assistant Professor
Dr Shahanaz Chowdhury

Associate Professor


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