Prof. Syed Masud AHMED

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




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Professor Syed Masud Ahmed is the Director of the Centre of Excellence for Health Systems and Universal Health Coverage (CoE-HS&UHC), BRAC JPGSPH, which  was established in 2011 with the support of the Rockefeller Foundation. Working with key partners in the government, private and NGO sectors, the Centre aims to facilitate efforts to accelerate evidence informed, equitable and sustainable action towards UHC.   He is also a Professor at the School since 2011. Before joining current position in July, 2013, he was the Senior Research Coordinator at the Research and Evaluation Division of BRAC in Bangladesh. Dr. Ahmed graduated from Dhaka Medical College in 1978 and did MPH from NIPSOM in 1991. He was a visiting fellow (David E. Bell Fellow) in Population and International Health at Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies during 1997. Dr Ahmed got PhD from Karolinska Institutet University, Sweden, in 2005. He joined BRAC in June 1992. His research interests include studying the impact of microcredit-based development interventions on the health and well-being of the poor especially the ultra-poor, and exploring the mechanisms of such impact; gender and health; health equity and improving health system's ability to reach the poorest-of-the poor and disadvantaged populations; and human resources for health. Recently, he has concentrated his efforts in research relevant to the achievement of universal health coverage in Bangladesh. Dr Ahmed has published extensively in national and international peer reviewed Journals and authored book chapters, monographs and working papers. He has travelled extensively and presented papers in international seminars, conferences and workshops. He also acts as a peer reviewer for many renowned public health journals such as Bulletin of WHO, World development, Social Science and Medicine, Health Policy and Planning, Tropical Medicine and International Health, BMC Public Health etc. He has a blog at named "Bangladesh Health Scenario".


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