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Texas A&M: Physician Returns to School in Public Health to Improve Health Promotion Around the Globe

Dr. Mahbub Hossain, is a student at the Texas A&M School of Public Health pursuing a DrPH in Health Promotion & Community Health Sciences. He grew up in a rural area of Bangladesh and viewed firsthand the lack of access to adequate health care, deciding he had more to learn concerning effectively alleviating health disparities and improving health access to underserved populations.

“Texas A&M is one of a few schools in the nation offering a full-time DrPH in health promotion. Moreover, the tradition of selfless service and leadership is something I like about Texas A&M, which is very much needed in the world of public health to eliminate health disparities.”

Recently, he has focused on evidence-based public health interventions and mental health projects, publishing two articles in The Lancet and The Lancet HIV that present critical concerns on mental disorders and sexually transmitted diseases among Rohingya refugees who fled to Bangladesh in response to the ongoing genocide in Myanmar. He used knowledge learned at Texas A&M to write a proposal to remedy the health disparities faced by people affected by the Rohingya Crisis.

“I set out to help the Rohingya minority after seeing these people don’t even have a country or a system from which to get adequate health resources. I collaborated with colleagues in the U.S., the U.K., India & Bangladesh to create a project that assessed the persistent and emerging health problems of this complex humanitarian crisis.”

Dr. Hossain presented this project at the Global Health Conference where he won first place. “Health Rights in Complex Humanitarian Context: a systematic analysis of the Rohingya Crisis” highlighted the challenges to ensure health and rehabilitation of the Rohingya refugees.

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