Dean and Professor

BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University

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Dr. Sabina Faiz Rashid, has a Bachelors, Masters in Social Anthropology and a PhD in Medical Anthropology and Public Health, from The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. She has been working in Bangladesh since 1993, at BRAC, Grameen Trust, Grameen Bank and UNICEF. She joined BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health, Brac University in 2004. She became Dean in 2013, and is a Professor at the School. She oversees the Master of Public Health program, established in 2005; with 500 graduates from 27 countries. She teaches several modules in the BRAC MPH program - Introduction to Public Health, Anthropology and Public Health, Gender, reproductive and sexual health and rights, and Ethics of social science research. Presently, she is leading the Curriculum Reform at BRAC School, focusing on a competency based curriculum, experiential learning, innovative thinking in assessing programs and a solutions oriented learning approach. The revised modules are being implemented in 2017 and 2018. She was a visiting Professor at Charite Berlin School of Public Health, Germany from 2007-2012 and taught gender and SRHR and Ethics and qualitative research methods.


Dr. Rashid has over 20 years of experience conducting ethnographic and qualitative research, on gender, sexual and reproductive health and well-being of adolescents, youth, women and men. Emotional wellbeing, sexuality and life transitions of adolescents and young people, and their service delivery needs is a core focus. The approach is tocritically examine public health programs/interventions, and understand how social, cultural and political economic factors provide critical insights on making services more contextual, demand driven and meet the needs of communities. Most of the research has an increasing focus on the health needs and rights of urban slum populations, as well sex workers, gay and lesbian, transgender communities and other marginalized populations.


As part of her interest in advocacy, Dr. Rashid has undertaken implementation research to inform and innovate reproductive health programs for adolescents and women, and to push for changes in the content of SRHR curriculum for young people. She established a Centre for Gender, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (GSRHR) at the School in 2006, to promote education/training, research and advocacy, and currently also co-coordinates the CentrforUrban Equitand Health(CUEH), where a number of advocacy seminars and meetings continuously take place to co-create knowledge with key stakeholders, influence policy and build awareness on urban issues neglected at the national level. She is project lead of SHARENET, a virtual platform in Bangladesh that posts online issues on SRHR, LGBT and policy, in partnership with RedOrange, Bangladesh. This virtual platform is located at the Centre for Gender. She is also a member of the international organization Coalition for Bodily and Sexual Rights (CSBR since 2007), and Academic Advisory Group Member (since 2012) of Sexuality and Development, Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, UK. In 2017, she joined as an Advisory member of CREA, an organization working on sexual rights of LGBTQ and other excluded populations. Since 2013, she serves as an International member of the WHO Secretariat - Health Systems and Policy Analysis, World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. She is member of the National Working Group - Bangladesh Health Watch (a national civil society initiative since 2009) which serves as a watchdog on citizen’s health in the country. She was part of the organizing Secretariat, which organized the International Urban Health Conference in May (24-27, 2015) and Chaired the plenary session on urban health and service delivery. She also served as a member of the Executive Committee of ICAAP, an international conference on HIV/AIDS organized in March, 2016. In 2017, she became part of the Peer Review Group on Early Child Marriage of Adolescents, UNFPA, and is also became a member of Learning Collaborative Working Group, Coordinated by FHI360 and Institute of Reproductive Health, Georgetown University, USA.



Dr. Rashid has led multi country research and capacity building grants with partners, which include the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool, UK, London School ofHygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK; KIT, Netherlands, University of Amsterdam, Radboud University, Netherlands;EngenderHealth, USA, Guttmacher Institute, USA; African Population Health Research Centre, Kenya; CREA, India, TARSHI, India; and local partners such as BRAC Gender and Advocacy Unit, government of Bangladesh and national SRHR NGOs, LGBT networks and BLAST, a legal aid organization. She has been awarded research and capacity building grants from the World Bank, WHO, USAID, NUFFIC, NWOTRO, EU, WHO, IDRC, DFID, and IWHC. She was awarded a Fellowship at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2006, and in 2011, was a Fulbright Scholar award at Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, USA. She has 70 publications altogether, including in peer reviewed journals, book chapters, reports, monographs, and she also co-authored a book on birthing practices of rural women in Bangladesh. 


 For publication & other Details Curriculum Vitae (pdf)


Dean and Professor

BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University                  

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