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Kawkab Mahmud

Senior Research Coordinator

Centre of Excellence for Health Systems and Universal Health Coverage (COE-HS&UHC)

Short Biography

Dr. Kawkab is a physician and a public health specialist with around 18 years’ experience in health sector including global North and South. Starting as a physician Dr. Kawkab got six years’ hands-on experience through in-service postgraduate training in endocrinology and diabetes and also a Master in Public Health from the University of Melbourne as an ADB-Japan scholar. Her research experience includes both health systems and clinical research. Dr. Kawkab joined the BRAC JPG SPH and worked from 2012 to 2015 for 3 years as a health systems researcher, and managed several mixed method studies focused on health care service and and health education program evaluation, policy mapping. She was mostly responsible for the technical part of research including protocol writing, tool development, systematic literature review, pretest, data analysis, report and manuscript writing.Then she got an opportunity to work for the University of British Columbia, Canada in a 3 year long clinical research project on "Treatment response of depression and bipolar disorder and effect on cognitive and neuropsychitraic functioning" Dr. Kawkab has additional part-time experience as a teaching fellow in the global MPH program at JPG SPH and also in leading health program for primary health care service provision in Rohingya refugee response. Currently she is placed at the school as the Senior Research Coordinator and managing a a multi-country project on “Strengthening health systems by addressing community health workers’ mental wellbeing and agency” funded by NIHR, England.

Current Projects

“Strengthening health systems by addressing community health workers’ mental wellbeing and agency”
Donor- NIHR, England. 
Role-Senior Research Coordinator

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications

•	KAWKAB MAHMUD, A. M., AKM SHAHEEN AHMED, KHWAJA NAZIMUDDIN, RSC SARKER 2007. Enteric Myocarditis: A Case Report. Ibrahim Medical College Journal, 1.
•	Darkwa, Emmanuel Kwame; Newman, M. Sophia; Kawkab, Mahmud; Chowdhury, Mahbub Elahi August 2015. A qualitative study on factors influencing retntion of doctors and nurses in rural health care facilities in Bangladesh BMC Health Services Research. DOI: 10.1186/s12913-015-1012-z
•	Wanicha L. Chuenkongkaew1*, Himanshu Negandhi2 , Pisake Lumbiganon3 , Weimin Wang4 , Kawkab Mahmud5 and Pham Viet Cuong 2016. Attitude towards working in rural areas and self-assessment of competencies in last year medical students: A survey of five countries in Asia. BMC Medical Education (2016) 16:238 DOI 10.1186/s12909-016-0719-9
•	Lal B. Rawal1,2, Kawkab Mahmud3 , Sheikh Md. S. Islam4 , Rashidul A. Mahumud5 , Md. Nuruzaman6 and Syed M. Ahmed7,8. Training mid-level health cadres to improve health service delivery in rural Bangladesh. Primary Health Care Research & Development 2016; 17: 503–513 DOI:10.1017/S1463423616000104
•	Ahmed S.M., Alam B.B., Anwar I., Begum T., Osman F.A., Khan J., Nababan H.Y. 2015. Bangladesh Health Systems in Transition. Asia Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies. (Contributing author)

Other Publications

KAWKAB MAHMUD, L. B. R. December, 2014. The Emerging Role of Medical Assistant Training Schools in Bagladesh: A Situation Analysis. icddr,b and James P Grant School of Public Health (JPGSPH), BRAC University


Scholarship to study MPH, ADB-Japan Scholarship, 2010-2011
Fellowship for the Next generation Public Health Expert, USAID, 2014

Research Interests

Non-communicable Diseases Mental Health Health Systems Research Epidemiology


  • Masters in Public Health ( University of Melbourne) MBBS ( Sir Salimullah Medical College
  • Dhaka University)