Dr. Ubydul Haque
Assistant Professor, Biostatistics & Epidemiology
Education & Experience:
I have received a Ph.D. in Public Health from the Nagasaki University, Japan, Master of Science on Geoinformatics from the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, and a Bachelor of Science from Khulna University, Bangladesh. I was also a guest Ph.D. student in Norway for one year and completed a post-doctoral research fellowship from the Johns Hopkins University. Prior to joining the UNTHSC School of Public Health in 2018, I held previous faculty position with the Baldwin Wallace University, as Assistant Professor.
Teaching Areas & Public Health Interests:
I have been involved with global health and community-based research for more than 10 years, in the areas of spatial epidemiology. I have taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, such as Biostatistics, GIS Health Analysis and Introduction to Public Health. I have had the opportunity to supervise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students.
Professional Activities & Awards:
I am an active member of the Association of American Geographers (AAG), the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). I serve as an editorial board member of 12 peer-review journals. I also received several awards from different institutes across the globe.
I started my career studying spatial malaria epidemiology in Bangladesh and gradually expanded my research into other settings. The global fund and other international donors have invested multi-billion dollars in support of these control programs. I wanted to learn the impact of these programs. My studies identified the location-specific successes and challenges which were welcomed by international donors, policymakers and public health professionals in those countries. I have investigated factors associated with the risk of mortality and determinants of patient survival due to the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa and identified the spatiotemporal distribution and topographic risk factors for Zika virus in Colombia and Mexico for targeted interventions. More recently I contributed to analyzing five years individually reported national database on arbovirus infections in Mexico. Here we used machine learning techniques to analyze nearly quarter million laboratory confirmed cases on Chikungunya, Dengue, and Zika infections and identified the location-specific risk factors including climatic parameters. Looking to the future and to aid in preparedness, I investigated the role of climate change in the spread of deadly landslides in 130 countries over the last 20 years. Now I am studying the effects of climate change, community vulnerability and exposure to dengue in Laos and Thailand, a four years project sponsored by the Research Council of Norway.
As a spatial epidemiologist, using geospatial and informatics tools, I investigate the underlying factors that affect human health, particularly in less wealthy areas which are quite vulnerable to the impacts of environmental variability and change infectious disease epidemiology as it relates to time, space and climate change. In addition, I examine the relationship between climate change and deadly landslides and its impact on public health globally. I also have a keen interest to contribute to the ongoing and unforeseen challenges in global health.
I have investigated factors associated with the risk of mortality and determinants of patient survival due to the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa and identified the spatiotemporal distribution and topographic risk factors for Zika virus in Colombia and Mexico for targeted interventions.
I am also contributing to mapping, determining risk factors of COVID-19 transmission.