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Message from Dean

There are only a few fields that are more dynamic and essential than public health, and here at Independent University, School of Public Health, we are committed to the innovation, research, and teaching necessary to meet the global demands for the present and the future.

Today we are confronted by changing societal and global conditions affecting health- climate change, globalization, urbanization, aging populations, and the increasing chronic and communicable disease burden. This is the world in which we live where we are constantly facing new challenges and calls for new levels of innovation and leadership. To find solutions to these new health challenges and advance our commitment to public health issues, the School draws upon the talents, ideas, and resources of all its constituents: our world-class faculty, exceptional students, dedicated staff, and enterprising and committed Board members, alumni, friends, and partners.

Different public health problems threaten economic gains, both in affluent and developing countries. Of particular concern are rising levels of non-communicable diseases across the globe and communicable diseases that continue to be barriers to health improvements in developing nations.

Today’s public health issues are complex, and require collaboration across campus, with community, academic partners, public and private stakeholders around the world. We have much to learn about what makes us susceptible to many diseases, what we can do to promote good health and well being, and how to manage the long-term consequences of ill health.

The School of Public Health is capitalizing on the breadth and depth of our partnerships across IUB and various national and international institutions and organization to share knowledge, build upon existing ground-breaking models for health promotion and disease prevention; maintain an unwavering dedication to excellence in research and education, and play a leadership role in the design of health systems for the future. We look to the future with a commitment to the values that have always shaped our work, including a fundamental focus on understanding and resolving health disparities in vulnerable populations and a continual grounding and learning from the very populations that we serve, both locally and globally.

Since joining the School of Public Health in 2003, I have been on a truly extraordinary journey. I invite you to learn more about the IUB School of Public Health, the contribution the School has made in making public health professional who are now working home and abroad, our research priorities, and educational focus. For those committed to addressing tomorrow’s public health challenges, IUB’s School of Public Health provides countless opportunities to make a difference. I look forward to seeing you here.

Academic Profile

Due to outstanding and record breaking result in O level, Dr. Rahman was admitted directly to the Harvard University in Bachelor of Arts programme (A.B) and successfully completed his A.B. in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard College in 1979, followed by his MD from Northwestern University Medical School in 1983. Subsequently he received his MPH in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health in 1986 and his D.Sc. in Epidemiology also from the Harvard School of Public Health in 1990. Dr. Rahman trained in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and is a US board certified psychiatrist.

Academic Background


Date Discipline Degree Institution



D.Sc. (Doctorate of Science)

Harvard University, MA


Health Policy and Management

M.P.H. (Masters in Public Health )

Harvard University, MA



M.D. (Doctorate of Medicine )

Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL


Biochemical Sciences

A.B. (Bachelor of Arts)

Harvard University,  MA


Cambridge School Certificate examination

O level with 6 A’s

St Joseph High School

Professional Profile

Professor Omar Rahman is currently Vice Chancellor at Independent University, Bangladesh. He is also concurrently Professor of Demography, Dean of the School of Public Health and Director of the Centre for Health, Population and Development. Prior to joining Independent University in 2003, Professor Rahman was Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Demography at Harvard University, and a Research Fellow in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He remains an adjunct faculty member in Demography at the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard School of Public Health. He was also appointed as Behavioral Scientist in Labor & Population unit of RAND, Santa Monica, CA.


Member, American Public Health Association
Member, Population Association of America
Member, American Psychiatric Association



PRITE fellow, American College of Psychiatry


Principal  Investigator  of Program Project entitled “Healthy Aging in Rural Societies” funded by National Institute on Aging and National Institute on Child Health and Development


Special Emphasis Research Career Award (SERCA) in the Demography of Aging from the National Institute on Aging


Awarded National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) National Research Service Award (NRSA), through the Department of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health


Awarded Kellogg Fellowship, Harvard School of Public Health


Awarded Northwestern University Medical School Fellowship


Awarded Harvard College Scholarship

Research and Publication

He is the author of multiple peer-reviewed articles on a variety of health and population related subjects, and has edited three books and several chapters. His current research interests are: Higher Education Policy in the Developing World; Professional Outmigration and impact on Homeland Development; Health Policy in Developing Countries; Public Health Approaches to Mental Health in the Developing World; Social and Kin Networks and their impact on mental and physical health and Gender differences in Aging and Development.


Associate Editor, BMC;
Reviewer for: Demography, Population Studies, Social Science and Medicine, International Journal of Epidemiology, American Economic Review, Nature and Medicine, Health Policy and Planning, Journal of Aging and Health, Journal of Bio-social Science, Journal of Human Resources, International Family Planning Perspectives, Journal of Cross Cultural Gerontology

Peer-reviewed publications

1.  Rahman  M. Omar, Bennish  M., Alam  A. and Salam A (1988). Rapid Intravenous Rehydration by Means of a Single Polyelectrolyte Solution with or without Dextrose.  J. Pediatrics, pp. 654-660, 1988.


 2.  Bennish  M.,  Phillips  J., Rahman M. Omar,  and Azad  A (1990).  Hypoglycemia During Diarrhea in Childhood:  Prevalence, Pathophysiology and Outcome.  New England Journal of Medicine 332:1357-1363, 1990.


 3.  Rahman  M. Omar and  Menken  J (1991).  Age at Menopause and Fecundity Preceding Menopause.  IUSSP Volume on Biomedical and Demographic Determinants of Human Reproduction,1991.


 4.  Klerman  J. and Rahman  M. Omar (1992).  Employment Change and Confirmation of Health Insurance Coverage, in Health Benefits and the Workforce, U.S. Department of Labor, 1992.


 5.  Rahman  M. Omar,  Menken  J. and  Foster  A (1992).  Older Widow Mortality in Rural Bangladesh.  Social Science and Medicine 34(1):89-96, 1992.


 6.  Bennish  M., Bern  C., Glass  R., Rahman  M. Omar, Ronsmans  C. and Sniezak  J (1993).  Health Effects of the 1991 Bangladesh Cyclone:  Report of a UNICEF  Cyclone Review Group.  Disasters 17(2): 153-165, 1993.


 7.  Strauss  J., Gertler  P.,  Rahman  M. Omar, and  Fox  K (1993).  Gender and Life-Cycle differentials in the Patterns and Determinants of Adult Health.  Journal of Human Resources 28(4):791-837, 1993.


 8 . DaVanzo  J., and Rahman  M. Omar (1993). American Families:  Trends and Correlates.  Population Index  59(3):350-386, 1993.


 9.  DaVanzo  J.,  Rahman  M. Omar, and Wadhwa  K. T (1993).  American Families:  Policy Issues.  Population Index 59(4):547-566, 1993.


10. Gertler  P., Rahman  M. Omar, Ashley  D. and K. Fox (1993) .  Determinants of Pregnancy Outcomes and Targeting of Maternal Health Services in Jamaica.  Social Science and Medicine 37(2): 199-211, 1993.


11. Rahman M. Omar,  Bennish  M (1993).  Health Response to Natural Disasters:  the Case of the Bangladesh Cyclone of 1991.  Social Science and Medicine 36(7): 903-914, 1993.


12. Rahman  M. Omar (1993).  Excess Mortality for the Non-Married in Rural Bangladesh.  International Journal of Epidemiology  22(3):445-456, 1993.


13. Gertler,  P., and  M. Omar Rahman (1993).  Social Infrastructure and Urban Poverty in Asia. Asian Development Bank,  March 1993.


14. Peabody  J.,  Rahman  M. Omar,  Fox  K. and  Gertler  P (1994).  Public and Primary Delivery of  Health Care Services in Jamaica:  a Comparison of Quality in Different Types of  Facilities.  Bulletin of the Pan American Health Organization 117(3):193-212, Sept. 1994.


15. Rahman  M. Omar,  Strauss J.,  Gertler P.  and  Fox  K (1994).  Gender Differences in Adult Health:  An International Comparison.  The Gerontologist 34(4):463-469, 1994.


16. Ronan  A.,  Azad  A.  K.,  Rahman  M.  Omar,  Phillips  R.  E. and  Bennish  M. L (1997). Hyperglycemia during Childhood Diarrhea. The Journal of Pediatrics, January, 1997.


17. Rahman  M. Omar (1997).  The Impact of Spouses on the Mortality of Older Individuals in rural Bangladesh. Health Transition Review, 7 (1):1-12, April 1997.


18. Rahman, M. Omar (1999).  Family matters. The impact of  kin on elderly mortality in rural Bangladesh.  Population Studies53:227-235, 1999.


19. Rahman, M. Omar (1999).  Age and gender variation in the impact of household structure on elderly mortality . International Journal of Epidemiology. 28:485-491, 199


20. Rahman, M. Omar (2000). The impact of co-resident spouses and sons on elderly mortality in rural Bangladesh.  Journal of Bio-social Science32:89-98,2000.


21. Rahman, M. Omar and Jihong Liu (2000). Gender Differences in Functioning for Older Adults in Rural Bangladesh.  The impact of differential reporting. Journals of Gerontology: Medical Sciences 55A(1): M28-M33, 2000.


22. Rahman, M. Omar (2001). Living Arrangements and the health of older persons in developing countries: evidence from rural Bangladesh. Population Bulletin of the United Nations. Living Arrangements of Older Persons. Critical Issues and Policy Responses. Special Issue Nos. 42/43/2001, pp 330-347.


23. Rahman, M. Omar and Arthur Barsky (2003). Self-reported health among older Bangladeshis: How good a health indicator is it? Gerontologist.43(6):856-63, Dec 2003


24. Rahman, M. Omar, Menken J and R. Kuhn (2004). The impact of family members on the self-reported health of older men and women in a rural area of Bangladesh. Ageing and Society 24(6): 903-920. Dec 2004.


25. Rahman, M.O. and R. Khan (2007). “ Outmigration of Health Professionals from Bangladesh: Prospects of  diaspora formation for homeland development. Asian Population Studies, Vol3, #2, pp:135-152.

1. Rahman MO and Menken J (2011). Reproductive Health. Chapter In 3rd Edition : Merson M, Black R, Mills A.,eds., International Public Health. Aspen Publisher Inc., 2010.

2. Rahman, MO (2010). The Health Impacts of Mega Cities—Dhaka—Chapter in a book entitled “Mega Cities-Public Health Challenges” to be published by the American Public Health Association in 2010.

3. Menken J and MO Rahman (2005). Reproductive Health. Chapter In 2nd Edition : Merson M, Black R, Mills A.,eds., International Public Health. Aspen Publisher Inc., 2005.

4. Rahman, M. Omar (2005). Private Universities in Bangladesh: Challenges, Constraints and Opportunities. Chapter in : Ahsan, A. and Abbasi A., eds. Education in a Rapidly Changing World: Focus on Bangladesh. Pp 110-118. Independent University Bangladesh, April, 2005

5. Rahman MO, (with Peabody J, Gertler P, Mann J, Farley D, Carter G), eds (1999). Policy and Health. Implications for Development in Asia. Cambridge University Press, 1999.

6. Menken J and MO Rahman (2000). Reproductive Health. Chapter In Ist Edition: Merson M, Black R, Mills A.,eds., International Public Health. Aspen Publisher Inc., 2000.