Established in 2007, the Centre for Professional Skills Development in Public Health (CPSD) provides practical skill-based training for relevant public health priorities and needs, and encourages solution-oriented thinking to address practical real world challenges.

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The world’s evolving 21st century public health challenges demand continual technical, managerial and leadership skills in order to implement health projects, work cross-sectorally, build scientific knowledge, analyse and innovate locally relevant community solutions.

The School’s national and international training hub strengthens and upgrades the requisite professional skills analysed by practitioners, policymakers, development partners, government officials, public advocates, faculty, researchers and frontline health workers.

Approximately 6457 health and development professionals have received training from the School and in joint collaboration with icddr,b, partner institutions and development partners.


Skills Building Seminars and Workshops since inception


Diverse Global Facilitators


Trained Health and Development Professionals since inception

Practical skills based training to address relevant Public Health priorities and needs

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Solutions oriented thinking to address practical ‘real world’ challenges

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Interactive teaching and learning

Diverse expert facilitators- practitioners, policy makers and multi sectoral actors (i.e., Government, NGOs, INGOs, Civil Society, Private Sector)

Codesign critical competencies for professional trainings to ensure relevant capabilities are developed

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Immersive learning by visits to field sites:
Rural Urban Communities, Health Facilities (public, NGOs, private), Organisations (public, NGO, private)

Innovative tools for in-person, field-based and online learning


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Evaluation of development programme for Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED), Government of Bangladesh.
Date: 6-8 December, 2020

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Online capacity building training on qualitative research
Date: 25-26 August, 2020

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Online short course on basic quantitative research methods, data analysis and report writing
Date: 16-21 August, 2020

Previous Training

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Economic Evaluation: Skill Development on Cost-Effectiveness and Cost Benefit Analysis in Health Care (2019)
Date: 1 - 3 October, 2019

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Workshop on Fundamentals of Qualitative Research Thinking Qualitatively (2019)
Date: 17, 18 and 19 December, 2019

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Skill Development on Economic Evaluation and Prioritising for Universal Health Coverage (2018)
Date: 25 - 27 September, 2018