Researcher Biography

Md. Mehedi Hasan is a PhD student at The University of Queensland, Australia. He has been awarded an International Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship jointly funded by the Commonwealth Government of Australia and The University of Queensland to undertake his current doctoral research. His doctoral thesis is focused on maternal and child health in low- and middle- income countries. Prior to his PhD studies, Mehedi served icddr,b; an international research organisation based in Bangladesh and Helen Keller International (HKI) in Bangladesh. During his professional period, he was involved in several projects focusing on nutritional status of women and under five children, household food insecurity, food consumption, dietary diversity, infant and young child feeding practices, maternal and reproductive health, homestead food production, hygiene, diabetes, hypertension and inequalities in health.

PhD title

Future direction of maternal and child health in low- and middle- income countries­­­­


  • Associate Professor Abdullah Mamun (Principal)
  • Associate Professor Ricardo J Soares Magalhaes (Associate)
  • Professor Saifuddin Ahmed (Associate)

Research interests

  • Undernutrition of children
  • Child health
  • Food security
  • Dietary diversity and feeding practices
  • Maternal and reproductive health
  • Undernutrition of women
  • Overweight and obesity of women
  • Non-communicable diseases (Diabetes and hypertension)
  • Inequality in health and healthcare services 


  1. Ahmed S, Hasan MZ, MacLennan M, Dorin F, Ahmed MW, Hasan MM, Hasan SM, Islam MT, Khan JAM (2019). Measuring the efficiency of health systems in Asia: a data envelopment analysis. BMJ Open 9:e022155
  2. Ahmed S, Tariqujjaman M, Rahman MA, Hasan MZ, Hasan MM (2019). Inequalities in the prevalence of undiagnosed hypertension among Bangladeshi adults: evidence from a nationwide survey. International Journal for Equity in Health 18:33
  3. Hasan MM, Tasnim F, Tariqujjaman M, Ahmed S (2019). Socioeconomic Inequalities of Undiagnosed Diabetes in a Resource-Poor Setting: Insights from the Cross-Sectional Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey 2011. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 16(1):115.
  4. Sarma HKhan JRAsaduzzaman MUddin FTarannum SHasan MMRahman ASAhmed T. (2017) Factors Influencing the Prevalence of Stunting Among Children Aged Below Five Years in Bangladesh. Food and Nutrition Bulletin Vol 38, Issues 3.
  5. Sarma H, Saquib N, Hasan MM, Saquib J, Rahman AS, Khan JR, Uddin J, Cullen MR, Ahmed T. (2016) Determinants of Overweight or Obesity among Ever-married Adult Women in Bangladesh. BMC Obesity  3:13
  6. Hasan MM, Haque ME, Hossain MA, Bari W. (2015) Impact of Intimate Partners’ Violence Against Women on Immunization Status of Children in Bangladesh. Dhaka Univ. J. Sci., 63:1, p9-14.
  7. Rahman AS, Islam MR, Koehlmoos TP, Raihan MJ, Hasan MM, Ahmed T, Larson CP. (2014) Impact of NGO Training and Support Intervention on Diarrhoea Management Practices in a Rural Community of Bangladesh: An Uncontrolled, Single-Arm Trial. PLOS ONE 9(11): e112308.
  8. Hasan MM, Ahmed S, Chowdhury MAH. (2013) Food Insecurity and Child Undernutrition: Evidence from BDHS 2011. Journal of Food Security v1, no. 2, p52-57.
  9. Ahmed S, Hasan MM, Ahmed W, Chowdhury MAH. (2013) Socio-economic Inequity of Malnutrition among Under-Five Children and Women at Reproductive Age in Bangladesh. World Journal of Nutrition and Health, v1, no. 1, p13-17.
  10. Chowdhury MAH, Hasan MM, Ahmed S, Darwin C, Hasan MS, and Haque MR. (2013) Socio-demographic Factors Associated with Home Delivery Assisted by Untrained Traditional Birth Attendant in Rural Bangladesh. American Journal of Public Health Research, v1, no. 8, p226-230.