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Sharmin Akter Shapla

Research Assistant

Centre of Excellence for Non-Communicable Diseases and Nutrition (CNCDN)

Short Biography

Ms. Sharmin is a Research Assistant at JPGSPH and she pursued her MPH degree from James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University in last year with a renowned GHRU scholarship. She is skilled in conducting quantitative and qualitative research following epidemiological research designs, data analysis transcription and data extraction. Currently, she is currently working at the Center for Non-Communicable Disease and Nutrition, a project titled ‘Development and testing of an Upazila-specific model of ‘whole-of-government’, and ‘whole-of-society’ approaches for the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases in a sub-district of Bangladesh.’ Before that she worked as a Research Assistant at the Center for Noncommunicable Disease and Nutrition at BRAC JPGSPH in the NCD Program ‘Training and digital care coordination for improved prevention of Type 2 Diabetes and Cardiovascular disease by primary health care teams in Bangladesh’ and the Urban Development Program ‘Baseline Assessment of the Integrated Health, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Services Under the Rehabilitation Program for Upliftment of Ultra-Poor Slum Dwellers in Mohammadpur and Mirpur in Dhaka City and Saidpur in Nilphamari District in Bangladesh’. In both the projects, she contributed to developing data collection tools, collecting quantitative and qualitative data, performing anthropometric measurement, conducting interviews (IDIs,FGD), writing transcriptions, providing weekly updates, translating and preparing some documents, working with rural and slum people, women and adolescent girls, health providers and community leaders.

Current Projects

Project: Whole-of-Government, Whole-of-Society Approach
Donor: Integrated Research and Development Fund of the Government of Bangladesh
Role: Research Assistant

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications

Kabir M.R.,  Shapla S.A., Rashid M. (2020). Reproductive Behavior of the Married Santal Women: A Study in Rangpur District. Khulna University Studies, Volume 17(1 & 2), 77-87.


MPH awarded by GHRU- Global Health Research Unit on Diabetes and Cardiovascular Diseases in South Asia, Academic Year 2022-2023

Research Interests

Child and Maternal Health and Nutrition Sexual and Reproductive Health Non-Communicable Diseases Gender


  • MPH (BRAC University)
  • MSS & BSS (Begum Rokeya University_ Rangpur)