Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

A Bangladeshi Approach

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

A Bangladeshi Approach

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The base paper by Petrakova and Sadana is a thought-provoking call for innovation and action in public health education. The approach used by the BRAC University James P Grant School of Public Health (BSPH) in Bangladesh addresses many of these issues.

To be relevant to the needs of society, we envision our graduates to:

* be committed to the health needs of the global South;

* be equipped to deal with problems faced by disadvantaged sections of the society;

* be aware of the interplay and importance of factors such as poverty, education, women's status, environment and power relations within and beyond family, as they affect health and health care;

* appreciate that health is "not merely the absence of disease, but a state of complete physical, mental and social well being";

* be life-long, problem-based learners and critical interdisciplinary thinkers;

* be promoters and practitioners of both the science and art of public health; and

* be future leaders in public health practice, research and teaching.

Set up in 2005, two batches of 51 participants from more than 12 countries have now graduated from BRAC through its master of public health (MPH) programme, all of whom are now back in their own countries and have taken up responsibilities in government, donor agencies, media and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). Some have started doctoral-level studies.


We are building research capacity in the BRAC school. We have initiated collaborative research with other existing research groups in the country, such as BRAC's Research and Evaluation Division and the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR). From the research carried out at the school the students learn issues and challenges in global health. …

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