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PhD, University of Sydney


Dr Md Bayzidur Rahman is a Biostatistician and Environmental Epidemiologist. Currently, Dr Rahman is working as a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research, Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Macquarie University. Before joining Macquarie, he has been working as a Senior Lecturer of Biostatistics at the School of Population Health UNSW, Senior Lecturer at the School of Medicine, The University of Notre Dame Australia (UNDA) and data analyst in the COVID-19 response team at the NSW Ministry of Health.

He currently holds an Adjunct Senior Lecturer position at UNSW and an Adjunct Associate Professor position at UNDA.

Dr Rahman extensively taught and convened courses on Introductory and advanced biostatistics and epidemiology to the postgraduate students at UNSW and the University of Newcastle. He developed course curricula and course materials for different level of courses on Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UNSW and UNDA. He ran short courses on biostatistics in BRAC Bangladesh, UChicago Research Bangladesh and in icddr,b and currently teaches at UNDA.


Dr Rahman trained and worked as an environmental scientist in Bangladesh before commencing his PhD in epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of Sydney on environmental exposures and the risk of cancer. He worked as a consultant biostatistician for several research institutes including St Vincent’s Hospital, the Australian and New Zealand Society for Nephrology and for the Department of Gynaecologic Oncology, Prince of Wales Royal Hospital for women, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP). His research interests include multivariable methods, systematic review and meta-analysis, exposure modelling and the epidemiology of cancer and environmental factors, advanced analysis of count data and analysis of data from clustered randomised trials. He is involved as an associate investigator in several research projects in Australia, China and Bangladesh including the Skin Health Study, cohort study on arsenic exposure and chronic diseases, neglected tropical diseases, occupational and environmental lead exposure, cluster RCT on climate change adaptation in Bangladesh. He is doing collaborative research with other institutions including the Cancer Council NSW, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b) and the University of Chicago. He has supervised to completion of 7 PhD/DrPH, 23 masters and 2 honours students.

Research interests

Systematic review and Meta-analysis in medical and public health research. Multilevel and longitudinal data analysis, survival analysis, analysis of count data sand predictive modelling. Design and analysis of data from complex epidemiological studies (Ecological studies, complex surveys, case-cohort, nested case-control cluster RCT, RCTs with factorial design etc). Environmental exposure assessment: exposure through air and water especially to disinfection by-products in water. Spatial epidemiology: analysis of disease rates across geographical areas, disease mapping, detection, analysis of disease clusters, spatio-temporal interpolation of exposure etc.

Research engagement

Epidemiology, Public Health, Biostatistics, Non-communicable disease, environmental health, infectious disease and patient safety

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