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Master of Public Health (MPH)

BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health remained committed to continuous learning and shifted the MPH learning 100% online from March 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 33 students from UK, India, Philippines, Myanmar, Nigeria, Nepal, Fiji, Indonesia, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Maldives and Bangladesh continued the programme online. In 2021, 37 students of the 17th Cohort from 13 countries successfully completed their MPH course. In 2022, the 18th cohort is continuing with 26 students from 8 countries. The School resumed in-person classes this year, however, due to COVID-19 restrictions, some students had to continue online education and to facilitate both in-person and online classes simultaneously, the School introduced Blended Learning Method.

See below for a detailed look at our MPH Programme since March 2020 to date

Developing Midwives Project (DMP)

See below for Midwifery Programme education updates during COVID-19


The training component during COVID-19 outbreak in early 2020 was led by Professor Kaosar Afsana, who is a member of the BRAC Global COVID-19 Taskforce and BRAC Emergency DMSC and COVID-19 Taskforce. The training materials were aggregated locally and from the World Health Organization (WHO), Bangladesh Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), and BRAC

ARISE : lead partner LSTM had organized webinars and shared many resource materials with us on COVID-19

Research | Bringing Evidence to Practice

COVID-19 is disproportionately affecting Bangladesh’s poor and most vulnerable, including informal slum settlement residents, the rural poor and extreme poor, sexual minorities, ethnic minorities, refugees, persons with disabilities, sex workers, domestic workers, factory workers, daily-wage earners, front-line workers and so forth.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in April 2020, the School has undertaken 45 rapid quantitative and qualitative research assessments, and has published 20 research briefs and 36 peer-reviewed publications on COVID-19.

ADVOCACY | To influence programmes and policies

The School actively initiated events to acknowledge the public health emergency, COVID-19. The public health emergency related to the virus has led active aggregating and sharing of useful resource materials locally and globally to a wider audience, including BRAC university, health organisations, key stakeholders, partners, and networks which include seminars, online dissemination events, policy dialogues, internal blogs, articles published in newspapers, social media campaigns, sharing daily COVID-19 updates, etc. from February 2020.

Voices from the Frontline – International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD)

As the COVID-19 pandemic grips the world with unfolding health, economic and social impacts, grassroots communities are developing their own coping mechanisms in the face of the crisis. It is important to capture and document these stories in real time as the world faces up to an even longer term challenge of climate change.

Voices from the Frontline is a joint initiative by ICCCAD and CDKN to support communities across the globe in sharing their stories on the challenges of and the responses to the pandemic and the consequent lockdown. By accumulating and disseminating stories from different communities we hope to build resilience for the vulnerable in future emergencies.

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