Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Dietary pattern and Type 2 diabetes
pattern and predictors of Diabetes destress and its impact glycaemic control
Predicting vector-borne disease outbreak using climatic factors
Demographic determinant of cancer survival
Niacin deficiency and pregnancy outcome
Education research and Psychometrics


Research activity per year

Personal profile


Nazmul is a Medical doctor and a Clinical Epidemiologist by training, a Senior lecturer and the program Manager for Monash online courses (MPH & MHA) at the Medical Education Research & Quality (MERQ) unit of School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine (SPHPM) at Monash University. Nazmul started his career as a medical practitioner overseas. Since specialization in epidemiology, during the past 1o years, he worked in various capacities in international health setting that includes working in both developing and developed countries. Nazmul served as national consultant for chronic disease and health promotion at country office level, and as technical officer for Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (DPR) at the Regional Headquarters for Southeast Asia (SEARO) of the World Health Organization (WHO).

 Nazmul obtained his Masters and a Ph.D. degree in Clinical Epidemiology here at SPHPM and a post-graduated diploma on Non-communicable disease prevention and control at the School of Global health, Copenhagen university, Denmark with WHO scholarship award. Nazmul is a recipient of AusAid scholarship award, MGS, IPRS and PPA awards.

Having begun career as a medical practitioner and clinical epidemiologist, shift to the education realm was a considerable transition which placed him in the role of “learner” again. During his progression from rookie to expert educator and eucation researcher, he gradually acquired new knowledge, learned new research techniques, and new paradigms. Nazmul brought in his quantitative research skill, statistical arsenal to the field of health professional education research. His medical degree and extensive work experience in diverge field of health system added extra layer of competency. His leadership favouring collaborative approach, forging team through bringing expertise from multiple specialty areas, helped him succeed in the areas of both teaching as well as in research. Nazmul adopts a teaching philosophy that is founded from his learning experiences and encompassed, scaffolding knowledge through empowering the learner to connect and apply concepts during the learning process and enabling the learner through creating an effective environment and providing the right amount of support.

Nazmul coordinates several post-graduates and undergraduate and units at the SPHPM, including MPH5040/6040 – Introductory epidemiology and MPH5305 - Epidemiology concepts and applications for the Master of Public Health course, MPH5020/6020 Introduction to epidemiology and biostatistics for Masters of Pharmaceutical Sciences and HSC1300- Human health and disease and PBH 3002 – Communicable disease prevention and control for the Bachelor of health sciences. As part of his role as program manager of Monash online (health) courses, Nazmul pioneered innovative teaching approaches in the online carousal based postgraduate education, well ahead of the pandemic. These techniques have now been the mainstay in the resilience against the impact of COVID.

Nazmul has been leading and conducting several education research projects at the school, involving, predictors of student performance and retention across teaching modes, appraisal of carousal-based learning, impact of COVID on learners in online environment, Item response theory and psycomatrics.  Among his public health research, predicting cardiac surgery outcome in Australian patient cohort in Australian & New Zealand Society of Cardiac & Thoracic Surgeons (ANZCTS) registry, developing climatic factor-based dengue outbreak prediction model and assessing relation of dietary pattern on obesity and diabetes in Melbourne Collaborative Cohort Study (MCCS) are notable. Psychometric validation of diabetic depression scale, Niacin deficiency as a risk factor of Congenital anomaly, demographic predictors of lung cancer survival are among other notable ongoing research projects,

His research interest lies in the areas of epidemiological modelling, causal modelling principles, non-communicable diseases, diabetes and its complications, congenital anomaly, Health promotion, environmental health, evidence-based clinical practice, psychometrics and Health Professional’s education.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Epidemiological Modelling, PhD, Predicting Cardiac surgery outcome in an Australian patient cohort

11 Jul 201312 Jul 2017

Award Date: 12 Jul 2017

Epidemiology, Master of Clinical Epidemiology, Assessing priority risk factor for diabetes in a multi-ethnic population with high prevalence: Stratification through recursive partitioning

Award Date: 3 Oct 2009

Public health, Master of Public Health, Occupational safety and health in multinational tobacco industry , Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University

1 Jul 200130 Jun 2002

Award Date: 30 Jun 2002

Medicine , MBBS, Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, University of Dhaka

12 Feb 199016 Jan 1997

Award Date: 15 Jan 1997

Research area keywords

  • psychometrics
  • Clinical Epidemiology
  • Epidemiological modelling
  • Risk stratification
  • Infectious Disease
  • NCD Prevention and Control
  • Medical education
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Diabetes complication
  • Dietary pattern
  • Obesity
  • Meta analysis
  • Cancer epidemiology
  • Public Health; Chronic Diseases; Health Protection
  • Uncertainty tolerance

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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