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Mohammad Zahirul Islam

Associate Professor and Lead, Hub for Climate Change, Environment and Health (CCEH)

Hub for Climate Change, Environment and Health (CCEH)

Short Biography

Dr Mohammad Zahirul Islam is an Associate Professor at JPGSPH, a climate change and public health specialist having 20 years working experience in research, teaching, project management, and health services. His teaching focused on Environment, Climate change and health, Research Methodology, Health Promotion, and Health Program Planning and Evaluation. His research focused on Climate Change and Health, Environment and Health, Water and Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). Before joining JPGSPH, he worked as Clinical Research Fellow at The University of Queensland and also in icddrb. He is skilled in conceptualizing and conducting quantitative research following epidemiological research designs and methodology, analyzing cross-sectional data, and disseminating research findings.

Module(s) taught (in MPH)

  • MPH 541: Environment
  • Health and Climate Change

Current Projects

Project: Climate change and mental health: Catalysing a global research community
Donor: Imperial College/Wellcome Trust
Role: Regional Convenor

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications

•	McRae A, Vilcins D, Le H, Gorman J, Brune MN, Onyon L, Sly P, Islam Z (2022). Lead in traditional and complementary medicine: A systematic review eviews on Environmental Health.
•	Parvez SM, Hasan SS, Knibbs LD Jahan F, Rahman M, Raqib R, Islam N, Aich N, Moniruzzaman    M, Islam Z, Fujimura M, Sly P. (2022). Ecological Burden of e-Waste in Bangladesh--an Assessment to Measure the Exposure to e-Waste and Associated Health Outcomes: Protocol for a Cross-sectional Study.JIMR Res Protoc 2022; Vol 11 iss 8.
•	Parvez SM, Jahan F, Brune MN, GormanJF, Musarrat J Rahman JM, Carpenter D, Islam Z, Rahman M, Aich N, Knibbs LD, Sly P. (2021). Health consequences of exposure to e-waste: an updated systematic review;  Vol 5 December 2021
•	Sly, P. D., Bake, T., Islam, Z. (2021). Impact of prenatal and early life environmental exposures on normal human development. Pediatric Respiratory Reviews,
•	Islam MZ, Johnston J, and Sly PD (2020). Green space and early childhood development: a systematic review, Rev Environ Health 2020;
•	Chakraborty R, Khan KM, Dibaba DT, Khan A, Ahmed A, and Islam MZ (2019). Health Implications of Drinking Water Salinity in Coastal Areas of Bangladesh, Int.J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 3746;  https://doi:10.3390/ijerph 16193746
•	Khan KM, Karnati J, Hamid I, Koceja D, Islam MZ, and Khan A (2019). Residential proximity to agricultural fields and neurological and mental health outcomes in rural adults in Matlab, Bangladesh, Int.J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 3228, https://doi:10.3390/ijrph16183228
•	Islam MZ, Rutherford S, Phung D, Uzzaman MN, Baum S, Huda MM, Asaduzzaman M, Talukder MRM, Chu C. (2018). Correlates of Climate Variability and Dengue Fever In Two Metropolitan Cities in Bangladesh, Cureus, https://doi:10.7759/cureus.3398
•	Islam MZ, Rutherford S, Muurlink OT, Baum S, Chu C. (2014). Lay Perceptions of Climate Change and Climate Change Impacts. International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp.1-14
•	Banu S, Hu W, Hurst C, Guo Y, Islam MZ & Tong S (2012) Space-time clusters of dengue fever in Bangladesh. Tropical Medicine and International Health. 17, 1047-1176. https://doi:10.1111/j.1365- 3156.2012

Research Interests

Climate Change and Health Environment and Health Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Mental Health Child and Maternal Health Infectious Diseases


  • PhD
  • Griffith University
  • Australia MSc. Public Health (International)
  • Griffith University
  • Australia Post Graduate Diploma in Population Sciences
  • Dhaka University Master of Public Health (Nutrition)
  • Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University
  • Dhaka
  • Bangladesh Post Graduate Diploma in Health Economics
  • Dhaka University
  • Bangladesh Master of Public Health (Public Health Administration)
  • Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University
  • Dhaka
  • Bangladesh Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
  • Chittagong University
  • Bangladesh