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Professor, Co-Director

Centre of Excellence for Urban Equity and Health (CUEH)

Short Biography

Dr. Zahidul Quayyum is a Professor and Chair of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at the BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health (BRAC JPGSPH) at BRAC University. He is the Co-Director of the Centre of Excellence for Urban Equity and Health (CUEH). He is a health economist and a public health researcher and has more than 27 years of experience conducting health economics and health systems research. He has worked as a Health Economist in many national and international projects and has been involved in working on economic evaluation of interventions and economic analysis of policy changes for improving health and health care. He has also been involved in conducting systematic review of economic evaluation, within trial national and multi-country economic evaluation, decision modelling and health technology assessment for the NIHR projects (UK) and EU funded projects in the UK. He is currently leading five (one funded by FCDO and one by Wellcome Trust through Imperial College) research projects at BRAC JPGSPH, three as Principal Investigator and two as Co-Investigator, and has been involved in evaluating health care interventions, and has been involved in assessing the impact of environment, housing and neighborhood and co-producing interventions with public engagement for improving urban health Pathways to Equitable Healthy Cities and designing urban health system interventions and leading the work programme on capacity strengthening for researchers and health systems actors (Chorus Urban Health). He is coordinating and teaching in the Health Economics and Health Care Financing Module for the Master of Public Health (MPH) at BRAC JPGSPH. He is also co-supervising a PhD student (at University of Leeds), and supervising MPH students for Thesis. His research work focuses on maternal and child health, social determinants of health, urban health, climate and health, and health of the marginalized population.

Module(s) taught (in MPH)

  • MPH 531: Health Economics & Health Care Financing

Current Projects

1. Community Led Responsive and Effective Urban Health Systems (CHORUS), a multi-country (Bangladesh, Nepal, Nigeria and Ghana) project. Partner lead in Bangladesh (PI) and Lead for Capacity Building for partner countries in Asia (Bangladesh and Nepal) and co-supervising a PhD student at University of Leeds. 
Donor: FCDO through University of Leeds, UK
Role: PI
2. Our Planet, Our Health award: Pathways to Equitable Healthy Cities (Public Engagement around waste induced waterlogging). 
Donor: Wellcome Trust via Imperial College 
Role : PI 
3. Pathways to Equitable Healthy Cities (Pathways). PI, Member of the Project Steering Committee, and Lead Bangladesh Working Groups, and leading Bangladesh Poverty and Inequality Work- Package. 
Donor - Wellcome Trust Via Imperial College, UK .
Role - PI

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications

1.	1.	Noemia Teixeira de Siqueira-Filha, Jinshuo Li, Penelope Phillips-Howard, Zahidul Quayyum, et al. The economics of healthcare access: A scoping review on the economic impact of healthcare access for vulnerable urban populations in low- and middle-income countries.  International Journal for Equity in Health. 21, 191 (2022).

2.	Barua, Proloy, Eliud Kibuchi, Bachera Aktar, Sabrina Fatema Chowdhury, Imran Hossain Mithu, Zahidul Quayyum, Noemia Teixeira de Siqueira Filha, Alastair H. Leyland, Sabina Faiz Rashid, and Linsay Gray. "The effects of social determinants on children’s health outcomes in Bangladesh slums through an intersectionality lens: An application of multilevel analysis of individual heterogeneity and discriminatory accuracy (MAIHDA)." PLOS Global Public Health 3, no. 3 (2023): e0001588

3.	Lauren Wallace, Irene Agyeppong, Sushil Baral, Deepa Barua, Mahua Das, Rumana Huque, Deepak Joshi, Chinyere Ojiugo Mbachu, Baby Naznin, Justice Nonvignon, ANTHONY OFOSU, Obinna E. Onwujekwe, Shreeman Sharma, Zahidul Quayyum, Tim Ensor, Helen Elsey. The role of the private sector in the COVID-19 pandemic: experiences from four health systems.  Frontiers in Public Health, section Public Health Policy. May 2022

4.	C. Audia, F. Berkhout, G. Owusu, Z Quayyum, S Agyei-Mensah (2021): Loops and building blocks: a knowledge co-production framework for equitable urban health. Journal of Urban Health. 98, pages394–403 (2021). 

5.	Spatiotemporal Variability of Urban Greenspace and Surface Temperature in Dhaka City: Public Health Aspect. Khadiza Tul Kobra Nahin, Hasna Hena Sara, Krishna Rani Barai, Zahidul Quayyum, Jill Baumgartner in: Biloria, N., Sebag, G., Robertson, H. (eds) The Empathic City. S.M.A.R.T. Environments. Springer, Cham.

6.	Jose Antonio Robles-Zurita, Andrew Briggs, Dikshyanta Rana, Zahidul Quayyum, Keith G Oldroyd, Uwe Zeymer, Steffen Desch, Suzanne de Waha-Thiele and Holger Thiele. “Economic evaluation of culprit lesion only PCI vs. immediate multivessel PCI in acute myocardial infarction complicated by cardiogenic shock: the CULPRIT-SHOCK trial”. The European Journal of Health Economics (2020) 21:1197–1209.

7.	Derek King, Raphael Wittenberg, Anita Patel, Zahidul Quayyum, Vladislav Berdunov, Martin Knapp. The future incidence, prevalence and costs of stroke in the UK. Age and Ageing 2020; 1–6, doi: 10.1093/ageing/afz163. 

8.	Anita Patel, Vladislav Berdunov, Zahidul Quayyum, Derek King, Martin Knapp, Raphael Wittenberg. Current societal costs of stroke in the UK. Age and Ageing 2019; 00: 1–7 doi: 10.1093/ageing/afz162.

9.	Elsey, H. Agyepong, I., Huque, R., Quayyum, Z., Baral, S. Ebenso, B., Kharel, C., Riffat, A. S.,Onwujekwe, O., Uzochukwu, B., Nonvignon, J., Aryeetey, G., Kane, S., Ensor, T., Mirzoev, T. "Rethinking health systems in the context of urbanisation: challenges from four rapidly urbanising low- and middle- income countries.". BMJ Global Health May 2019;4:e001501. doi:10.1136/bmjgh-2019-001501

10.	Quayyum, Z., Khan M N U., Quayyum, T. Nasreen, H.E., Chowdhury, M.  and Ensor, T.  Can community level intervention have impact on equity and utilization of maternal health care" - Evidence from Rural Bangladesh International Journal for Equity in Health 2013, 12:22. p 1-13.

Research Interests

Economic Analysis and Economic Evaluation of Public Health Interventions and Implementation Research in Maternal and Child Health Urban Health and Environmental Health


  • BSS Economics (University of Dhaka) MSS Economics (University of Dhaka) MA in Economics (Thammasat University
  • Bangkok) MSc Health Policy Planning Financing (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • UK) PhD in Health Economics (University of Aberdeen
  • UK)