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Bangladesh Institute of Health Science (BIHS)

Bangladesh Diabetic Somity (BADAS) has gained international reputation for its diabetes health care model termed as Ibrahim Model. It has also emerged as a major general health care provider all over Bangladesh. BADAS is contributing, to a large extent, in both undergraduate and postgraduate manpower development in Bangladesh through formal and informal educational and training programs. Its widely known institute BIRDEM is now offering 14 Postgraduate Courses/Diplomas in basic to clinical disciplines and it has also become a leading research institute in biomedical sciences with recognition by WHO as the Regional Collaborating Centre on Research in the Prevention and Control of Diabetes. Ibrahim Medical College (IMC), attached to BIRDEM Hospital, has already emerged as a leading college in the country for providing graduate medical education.

The efforts of DAB have recently made a quantum jump through the initiation of a large scale project for general health care delivery (the Health Care Development Project, HCDP) supported by the Govt of Bangladesh, Dutch Govt and a Consortium of local Banks. Through this project a network of 20 hospitals and health centers is under the process of implementation in and around Dhaka as well as in northern parts of Bangladesh upto the Upazilla level. Bangladesh Institute of Health Sciences (BIHS) is the Apex Institute of HCDP which has its associated hospital named as BIHS Hospital. The objective of BIHS is to create a Model Educational Institute encompassing all disciplines of biomedical and health sciences. Presently 5 major Divisions have been planned namely a) Division of Basic Sciences, b) Division of Clinical Sciences, c) Division of Public Health, d) Division of Allied Health Sciences, and e) Division of Nursing. BIHS is run by a Governing Body formed under the rules and regulations of the University of Dhaka.

Journey starts with Public Health

The journey of BIHS for developing postgraduate health manpower is starting with its MPhil and MPH programs in Public Health. This is in recognition of the great need of qualified and trained manpower in this area all over the world. At the start courses will be opened in Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Community Nutrition, Health Education & Health Promotion and Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD). In near future courses will also be opened in other disciplines like Preventive & Social Medicine, Health Informatics, Health Economics, Community Ophthalmology and Pubic Health Dentistry.

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