Brief background and history:
We are living in the era, where infectious diseases and food safety is the primary concern for the public health. Expertise in critical areas of veterinary epidemiology, veterinary public health, and food safety are of paramount importance to address these issues successfully. However, countries like Bangladesh severely lack expertise in these areas. Recent outbreaks of HPAI, Nipah viruses, and use of toxic chemical food preservatives (e.g.formalin) in Bangladesh reminded us the shortage of expertise. Thus, it was felt necessary to develop teaching and learning facilities to develop trained and skilled manpower in the areas of veterinary epidemiology, veterinary public health, and food safety in Bangladesh. Sylhet Agricultural University came forward and took initiatives to develop such facility. In February 2013, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health (DEPH) was established, to educate graduate level epidemiologists and veterinary public health students - first of its nature in Bangladesh. Dr. Syed Sayeem Uddin Ahmed became the founder Chairman of the Department who played a critical role in its inception. Later, Dr. Suman Paul joined the department as the second member.
Since inception, department focused on developing master degree program on the epidemiology and public health and within very short time finalizes curriculum and syllabus for prospective Master of Science in Epidemiology and Public Health (MEPH) Programme. In July 2013, the first batch of master's student was enrolled, and at present 13 masters students are continuing their education in the same program.
“Health for animal, human and ecosystem.”
Focused ongoing action:
Developing research and educational collaboration with pertinent national and international institutions; and preparing the department for doctoral level education in near future.
MEPH mission is to educate at university level, conduct research, provide advice, and contribute to innovation in sustainable public health solution.
The goal is to be a state of the art institute for epidemiology and veterinary public health education and research – that will be able to address the ongoing and emerging issues at national level as well as international level.
To realize this vision, we need to maintain the highest standard and innovativeness in education and research. Besides we need to build relevant and practical advisory service with open and comprehensive communication channel.