Dean and Professor

BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University

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Dr. Sabina Faiz Rashid has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Social Anthropology, and a PhD in Medical Anthropology and Public Health from The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. She has been working since 1993 in national and international organizations including BRAC (the largest NGO in the world), Grameen Trust (a sister organization of Grameen Bank) and UNICEF Bangladesh. She joined the BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University in 2004 and was appointed as Dean in 2013. In addition to the overall leadership and management of the School, Dr. Rashid has been integral to the founding and growth of the international Master of Public Health program. The MPH program was established in 2005 and till date has 450 alumni from 27 countries. As a senior faculty member and Professor, she continues to be actively involved in teaching different modules including Introduction to Public Health, Anthropology and Public Health, Gender, Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights, and Ethics of Social Science Research. She is presently leading the Curriculum Reform at the BRAC JPG School that has been introduced in 2017 with a focus on competency based curriculum. She was a Visiting Professor at Charite Berlin School of Public Health, Germany from 2007-2012 where she taught gender, SRHR, and qualitative research methods.


Dr. Rashid has over 20 years of experience in conducting ethnographic and qualitative research. Her areas of interest are gender, sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and well-being of adolescents, youth, women and men. A key area of her research is on emerging issues in urban areas, and changing social norms of adolescents in urban spaces, with a focus on SRH, gender norms, roles, power relations and urban poverty. Another area of focus is sexuality education for young people, and the sexual health and service delivery needs of sex workers, gay and lesbian, transgender communities and vulnerable populations. Her interests also lie in critically examining public health programs/interventions, and better understanding how social, cultural, and political economic factors influence choices, decisions, and behaviour and the resulting impact on the health and human rights of the poorest and most disadvantaged communities. 


Dr. Rashid has undertaken implementation research and advocacy for improving reproductive health programs for adolescents and women along with changing the content of SRHR curriculum for adolescents and young people in the country. She established the Centre for Gender, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (GSRHR) at the School in 2006, to promote education/training, research and advocacy, and also co-coordinates the Centre for Urban Equity and Health (CUEH), which continuously hosts advocacy seminars and meetings to co-create knowledge with key stakeholders, influence policy, and build awareness on issues neglected at the national level. She is the project lead of SHARENET, a virtual platform in Bangladesh that posts online issues on SRHR, LGBT and policy, in partnership with Red-Orange, Bangladesh.


Dr. Rashid is a member of several international and national organizations including the Coalition for Bodily and Sexual Rights (since 2007), and the Academic Advisory Group of Sexuality and Development, Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, UK (since 2010). She has been serving as an International member of the WHO Secretariat - Health Systems and Policy Analysis, World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland from 2014 and was also invited the same year to become an Advisory Member on the annual Abortion Panels – IUSSP, organized by the Guttmacher Institute, New York. In 2017, she joined as an Advisor member of CREA, an organization working on sexual rights of LGBTQ and other excluded populations. More recently, she was invited in 2017 to become a member of Global group - Learning Collaborative: Measurement Community on Adolescents, Institute for Reproductive Health, Georgetown University and to the South Asia Regional Community of Practice: Strengthening Regional Work on Normative Change for Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health. She is a member of the National Working Group - Bangladesh Health Watch, a multi-stakeholder civil society advocacy and monitoring network established in 2009 and dedicated to improving the health system in Bangladesh. 


Dr. Rashid has led several multi country research and capacity building grants with international partners including the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool, UK, London School of Hygiene 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 with local partners BRAC Gender and Advocacy Unit, Government of Bangladesh, 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 a Fulbright Scholar at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, USA in 2011 and was awarded a Fellowship at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2006. 


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Dean and Professor

BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University                  

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