Post Graduate Diploma in Population, Public Health and Disaster Management (PPDM)

1.About the program:
Post Graduate Diploma in Population, Public Health and Disaster Management (PPDM) is designed for the professionals who are now working in government agencies, UN agencies, NGOs/ INGOs, corporate sectors, research organizations and individuals who want to diversify their research interests in the arena of population and environment.

2. What we offer?
Post Graduate Diploma in Population, Public Health and Disaster Management (PPDM) from the East West University, a top rated private university in Bangladesh;

b) Problem-oriented and in-depth learning combined with practical case studies;
c) Intercultural and interdisciplinary learning environment;
d) Focus on developing countries.

3. Eligibility for admission:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a UGC recognized university/college in any discipline or medical and engineering college/university;
  • Must pass EWU admission test. Students having a score of 550 in TOEFL and 500 in GRE are admitted directly without an admission test;
  • Professional experience in allied fields is preferred but not mandatory.

4. Degree requirements: 21 Credit Hours

Program Structure

Program Components Units Credit Hours
Core courses 6 6 × 3 = 18
Research work 1 1 × 3 = 03
Total 7 21

Semester Schedule

Semester Course Title Credit Hours
1st semester POP 502: Basic Social Science Research Methods 3
POP 505: Population Dynamics of Bangladesh 3
POP 509: Introduction to Public Health 3
2nd semester POP 510: Disaster Management and Climate Change 3
POP 603: Population and Environment 3
POP 613: Epidemiology and Biostatistics 3
POP 697: Research work/ Internship 3
Total credit 21

5. Financial Information

Item Amount in Taka
Admission Fee (non-refundable) 15000.00
Tuition per credit hour (@2500 per credit hour) 52500.00
Computer Lab fee (@500 per semester) 1000.00
Library fee (@500 per semester) 1000.00
Student Activities fee (@510 per semester) 1020.00
Estimated Total Cost: 70520.00

Description of Courses:

POP 502: Basic Social Science Research Methods:
This course aims to develop students’ skill in conducting research work utilizing quantitative and qualitative research tools. The course includes ethics in social science research, including population research, nature of scientific research, research process, hypothesis development, research design, data collection methods, questionnaire design and administration, sampling considerations, use of statistical methods of data reduction and analysis, format and style of writing the research report. It also deals with tools and techniques of Rapid Appraisal (RA), Focus Group Discussions (FGD), case studies and in-depth interviews. In addition to participation in theoretical classes, students are required to undertake independent research projects to sharpen their research skills.

POP 505: Population Dynamics of Bangladesh:
The course aims to increase awareness of students in level and trend in population size, growth and distribution; major population, gender, reproductive health (RH) challenges of the country and national response to meet these challenges. The course will cover the following topics: sources of population data; trends in population size, growth and distribution, age-sex composition of the population, sex and dependency ratio; population distribution by rural, urban, division, district and sub-division; levels, trends and measures of nuptiality, fertility, mortality, life expectancy at birth, morbidity, literacy, gross and net enrollment ratio, and educational attainment; labour force participation rate, occupation and industrial distribution by sex and rural-urban areas and region. The course will also examine the socio-economic implications of major population, gender and reproductive health challenges such as population momentum, high adolescent fertility, maternal and child mortality, rapid urbanization and high growth of labour force, environmental degradation, high prevalence of gender based violence and girls’ trafficking, to name but a few and policy and program response to meet these challenges. In addition to holding theoretical lectures, tutorial classes will be organized for in-depth discussion on major population, reproductive health and gender issues of Bangladesh. Students will be asked to prepare term papers on major population and development issues as part of the course requirement.

POP 509: Introduction to Public Health:
Introduction to public health is a basic course designed to provide introductory concepts of public health.  By focusing on the historical background, evolution and objectives it also tries to cater to the concepts of the 21st century. It will discuss concepts of health, disease; determinants and indicator of health; background, strategies, principles and elements of primary health care with its prospects and constrains; universal health coverage; Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) with their targets, indicators, achievements so far and future prospects; role of community diagnosis, community treatment, community participation and community mobilization & responsibilities in public health; epidemic and investigation of epidemic/ outbreak; importance of surveillance in control of public health problems; emerging, reemerging and neglected tropical diseases; public health emergencies with concepts of disaster and disaster preparedness; health care service programs of Bangladesh, i.e. HNPSP, ESP, ESD, HNPSDP; important national health programs, i.e. EPI, NASP, IMCI, NNP, NCD, Malaria, Filaria, Kala-azar, Rabies control program, NCD, Arsenic control program; leading national and international health organizations, i.e. WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, UN, UNDP, WB, ICDDR,B, BIRDEM, BRAC with concept, history and importance of international health. From this course students will gather comprehensive knowledge on the basic public health issues to deal with this immense field.

POP 510: Disaster Management and Climate Change:
The objective of the course is to improve understanding of students on the concepts of hazards, disasters, emergency, vulnerability, risk, resilience, disaster preparedness, disaster management, climate change, global warming and green house effect, disaster and communications, disaster management mechanisms at national and international scale. The lecture will also examine the historical perspective of climate change at global, regional and local scale; impacts of climate change and disasters across sectors; adaptation and mitigation measures of climate change including community based adaptation approaches; Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), global climate change negotiations- United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Kyoto protocol; climate change policy and justice; Sustainable Development Goals, and climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction; disaster management and development issues which includes the linkages between disaster and development, impact of disasters on development, cross-cutting relationship between development, planning and disasters, populations displacement and migration, mainstreaming gender into development policies and programs.

POP 603: Population and Environment:
The objective of the course is to improve understanding of students on the linkages between population size, growth and environment and awareness on national and international instruments on environment.  The lecture will cover the following topics:(1) pathways (a) sub-division, (b) depletion and (c) degradation of renewable resources, through which population size and growth affects environment, (ii) trends in population size and rate of growth on the one hand and availability of agricultural land, land use, food security, clean water, forest, bio-diversity and urban environmental problems (sanitation, solid waste, water and air pollution, energy consumption, emissions and urban health) on the other in Bangladesh. The lecture will also examine linkages between population, migration and the rural environment and relationship between health, mortality, environment and gender, and review national and international instruments on population and environment. Gender dimension of these issues will be considered.

POP 613: Epidemiology and Biostatistics:
The course intends to give a comprehensive idea and knowledge of epidemiology and biostatistics. It will explains their concepts, scopes and uses for the prevention and control of public health problems with general concepts of disease transmission, prevention and control measures, tools for measurement of health problems and methods and use of epidemiological studies with special emphasis to Bangladesh country context. There will be improved understanding among students of epidemiological methods and enhanced skills on biostatistics to deal with public health problems through formulation of health sector policies, programs and services, with application of epidemiological methods and tools as necessary. The course will cover the following topics: basic concepts of epidemiology, epidemiological study designs, definition and measurements of health and disease, concept of causation of diseases, transmission of infections, prevention and control procedures, ecological triad, basic concepts of biostatistics; concepts of rate, ratio, proportion; measurement of morbidity, mortality and risk; i.e. crude death rate, cause specific death rate, Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR), Infant Mortality Rate (IMR), Incidence and Prevalence.

7.Faculty members:

Honorary Advisor and coordinator
Dr. Rafiqul Huda Chaudhury
MSc and PhD (Johns Hopkins University)

Honorary Professor and Coordinator,  MPRHGD, East West University, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Former Research Director, Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS)
Former UN Regional Advisor on Population and Development.


Core Faculty Members:
Dr. Lutfun Nahar
MA (Western Ontario, Canada) and PhD (Waikato, New Zealand)

Associate Professor, Department of Social Relations, East West University, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Former Social Scientist, ICDDR,B, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Dr. Fouzia Mannan
PhD (Jawaharlal Nehru University, India)

Associate Professor, Department of Social Relations, East West University, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Dr. Marzia Zaman Sultana
MBBS (Sir Salimullah Medical College, Dhaka) and MPH (State University of Bangladesh, Dhaka)

Lecturer, Department of Social Relations, East West University, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Md. Sanaul Haque Mondal
Masters in Population, Reproductive Health, Gender and Development (East West University, Dhaka), PGD in Disaster Management (Dhaka University, Bangladesh), MSC in  Geography and Environment (Dhaka University, Bangladesh)

Lecturer, Department of Social Relations, East West University, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Adjunct Faculty Members:

A. Q. M. Mahbub
Ph.D.  (Canterbury University, New Zealand); MSc. (Dhaka University)

Professor, Department of Geography and Environment, Dhaka University
Mohammad Bellal Hossain
Ph.D. (University of London, UK,
degree awaited); MSc. (University of Sydney)

Associate Professor, Department of Population Science, Dhaka University