Room No. 3494, Kobi Jibananda Das Academic Building, 3rd Floor, Khulna University, Khulna-9208, Bangladesh

Md. Ashfikur Rahman (মোঃ আশফিকুর রহমান)
Assistant Professor

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Md. Ashfikur Rahman (মোঃ আশফিকুর রহমান) involved as an Academic Staff in Development Studies Discipline since 1st September 2020. 


  • Master in Development Studies from Khulna University, Bangladesh in 2018.
  • BSS (Hons) in Development Studies from Khulna University, Bangladesh in 2016.

| | Explore Socio-Economic and Environmental Challenges Impeding the Way of Sustainable Development  

| | Gender and Inequality in Health Care Service Utilization

| | Child and Maternal Health and Well-Being

| | Vulnerable Livelihood Communities and Their Health Wellbeing

| | Geriatric and Adolescents Mental Health

| | Contemporary Public Health Issues in South-Asia

| | Informal Economy and its Spillover Effects in Economic Empowerment of Underprivileged Society 

Current Research Project/Collaboration

SL Title Research Role Awarded Date Completion Date Funding Agency
1 Socioeconomic inequalities in maternal health care utilisation in south-Asia: A decomposition analysis Principal Investigator 8 Sept 2022 7 Sept 2023 National

Lecturer: 1st September 2020 to till 23rd October 2022

Assistant Professor: 24th October 2022 (Onwards)

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SL Title Degree Role Start Date End Date
No Supervision Available

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[44] Rahman MA, Sultana S, Kundu S, et al. Trends and patterns of inequalities in using facility delivery among reproductive-age women in Bangladesh: a decomposition analysis of 2007–2017 Demographic and Health Survey data. BMJ Open 2022;12:e065674. https://doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2022-065674 [Q1 3.007]

[43] Kundu, S.; Rahman, M.A.; Kabir, H.; Al Banna, M.H.; Hagan J.E., Jr. ; Srem-Sai, M.; Wang, L. Diabetes, Hypertension, and Comorbidity among Bangladeshi Adults: Associated Factors and Socio-Economic Inequalities. J. Cardiovasc. Dev. Dis. 2023, 10, 7. [Q1 IF 4.415]

[42] Kundu, S., Das, P., Rahman, M.A. et al. Socio-economic inequalities in minimum dietary diversity among Bangladeshi children aged 6–23 months: a decomposition analysis. Scientific Reports 12, 21712 (2022). [Q1 IF 5.516]

[41] Kundu, S., Kundu, S., Rahman, M.A. et al. Prevalence and determinants of contraceptive method use among Bangladeshi women of reproductive age: a multilevel multinomial analysis. BMC Public Health 22, 2357 (2022). [Q1 IF 4.544]  

[40] Rahman M.A, Kundu S, Rashid HO, Shanto HH, Rahman M.M, Khan B, et al. (2022) Socioeconomic inequalities in utilizing facility delivery in Bangladesh: A decomposition analysis using nationwide 2017–2018 demographic and health survey data. PLoS ONE 17(11): e0278093. [Q1 IF 3.752]

[39] Mahumud RA, Sultana M, Kundu S, Rahman MA, Mistry SK, Kamara JK, Kamal M, Ali MA, Hossain MG, Brooks C, Khan A. The burden of chronic diseases and patients' preference for healthcare services among adult patients suffering from chronic diseases in Bangladesh. Health Expectations. 2022 Oct 20. [Q1 IF 3.318]

[38] Rahman MA (2022) Socioeconomic inequalities in the risk factors of non-communicable diseases (hypertension and diabetes) among Bangladeshi population: Evidence based on population level data analysis. PLoS ONE 17(9): e0274978.  [Q1 IF 3.752]

[37] Mistry SK, Ali ARMM, Yadav UN, Huda MN, Rahman MM, Saha M, Rahman MA, Lim D and Ghimire S (2022) Stigma toward people with COVID-19 among Bangladeshi older adults. Front. Public Health 10:982095. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2022.982095 [Q1 IF 6.461]

[36] Satyajit Kundu, Abebaw Gedef Azene, Subarna Kundu, Md Hasan Al Banna, Tahira Mahbub, Najim Z Alshahrani, Md Ashfikur Rahman, Prevalence of and factors associated with early initiation of breastfeeding in Bangladesh: a multilevel modelling, International Health, 2022;, ihac058,  [Q1 IF 3.131]

[35] Shahjalal, M., Gow, J., Rahman, M.A. et al. Proportion and associated factors of the utilisation of complementary and alternative medicine exclusively in a hospital in Bangladesh. BMC Complement Med Ther 22, 225 (2022). [Q1 IF 2.838]

[34] Islam MS, Awal MA, Laboni JN, Pinki FT, Karmokar S, Mumenin KM, Al-Ahmadi S, Rahman MA, Hossain MS, Mirjalili S. HGSORF: Henry Gas Solubility Optimization-based Random Forest for C-Section prediction and XAI-based cause analysis. Computers in Biology and Medicine. 2022 May 30:105671. [Q1 IF 4.589, CiteScore 7.3]

[33] Wang, Y.; Sarkar, A.; Li, M.; Chen, Z.; Hasan, A.K.; Meng, Q.; Hossain, M.S.; Rahman, M.A. Evaluating the Impact of Forest Tenure Reform on Farmers’ Investment in Public Welfare Forest Areas: A Case Study of Gansu Province, China. Land 2022, 11, 708. [Q2 IF 3.398

[32] Rahman MA, Halder RH, Kundu Satyajit et., Trends in the prevalence and associated factors of prediabetes and diabetes in Bangladesh: Evidence from population-based cross-sectional surveys. 2022 Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice  [Q1, IF 8.180]

[31] Mahumud, RA, Sultana, M, Gow, J, Rahman MA, et., Association of dietary risks, behavioural and lifestyle factors, and the magnitude of disability burden among Australian cancer patients: An observational epidemiology study. Cancer Epidemiology [Q2, IF 2.984]

[30] Ge X, Sarkar A, Lu Q, Shuxia Z, Rahman MA, Tan Y. The impact of the epidemic experience on the recovery of production of pig farmers after the outbreak-Evidence from the impact of African swine fever (ASF) in Chinese pig farming. Preventive veterinary medicine. 2022 Jan 5:105568. [Q1, IF 2.670, CiteScore 4.1]

[29] Mahumud, R.A.; Ali, M.A.; Kundu, S.; Rahman, M.A.; Kamara, J.K.; Renzaho, A.M.N. Effectiveness of COVID-19 Vaccines against Delta Variant (B.1.617.2): A Meta-Analysis. Vaccines 2022, 10, 277.  [Q1 IF 4.442] 

[28] Howlader, M.H., Roshid, H.O., Kundu, S. Rahman, M.A., et al. Determinants associated with high-risk fertility behaviours among reproductive aged women in Bangladesh: a cross-sectional study. BMC Reproductive Health 19, 17 (2022). [Q1 IF 4.089]

[27] Rahman, M. S. ., Rahman, M. A. ., Afroze, L. ., Rahman, M. S. ., Khan, A. G. ., Mahmud, Z. A. ., & Shariful Islam, S. M. . (2022). Determinants of mortality in children aged under two years in Bangladesh using two approaches: an analysis of the Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey 2014 data. Bangladesh Journal of Medical Science, 21(2), 413–421.  [Q3]



[26] Rahman, M.A., et al., Prevalence of and factors associated with prehypertension and hypertension among Bangladeshi young adults: An analysis of the Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey 2017–18. Clinical Epidemiology and Global Health. [Q3 CiteScore 1.6]

[25] Rahman, M.A., et al., Was there any change in tobacco smoking among adults in Bangladesh during 2009 to 2017? Insights from two nationally representative cross-sectional surveys BMJ Open 2021; https://doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-057896 [Q1 IF 3.424]

[24] Mahumud, R.A., Rahman, M.A., et al., The global and regional burden of sexual behaviours and food insecurity and their combined association on the magnitude of suicidal behaviours among 121,248 adolescent girls: An international observational study in 67 low- and middle-income and high-income countries. Journal of Affective Disorders. [Q1 IF 6.533]

[23] Mistry, S.K.; Ali, A.M.; Yadav, U.N.; Huda, M.N.; Ghimire, S.; Rahman, M.A.; Reza, S.; Huque, R.; Rahman, M.A. Perceived Change in Tobacco Use and Its Associated Factors among Older Adults Residing in Rohingya Refugee Camps during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Bangladesh. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 12349. [Q2 IF 3.390]

[22] Rahman, M.A., Halder, H.R., Yadav, U.N. et al. Prevalence of and factors associated with hypertension according to JNC 7 and ACC/AHA 2017 guidelines in Bangladesh. Sci Rep 11, 15420 (2021). [Q1 IF 5.133]

[21] Rahman M.A, Halder HR, Rahman M.S, Parvez M (2021) Poverty and childhood malnutrition: Evidence-based on a nationally representative survey of Bangladesh. PLoS ONE 16(8): e0256235. [Q1 IF 3.240]

[20] Rahman, M.A., Halder, H.R., Siddiquee, T. et al. Prevalence and determinants of double burden of malnutrition in Bangladesh: evidence from a nationwide cross-sectional survey. Nutrire 46, 11 (2021).

[19] Rahman MA, Rahman MA, Rawal LB, Paudel M, Howlader MH, Khan B, et al. (2021) Factors influencing place of delivery: Evidence from three south-Asian countries. PLoS ONE 16(4): e0250012. [Q1 IF 3.240]

[18] Sarker T, Sarkar A, Rabbany MG, Barmon M, Roy R, Rahman MA, Hossain KZ, Hoque F, Asaduzzaman M. Evaluation of Preventive, Supportive and Awareness Building Measures among International Students in China in Response to COVID-19: A Structural Equation Modelling Approach. BMC Global Health Research and Policy 610 (2021). [Cite Score 4.0]

[17] Mistry, S.K.; Ali, A.R.M.; Hossain, M.B.; Yadav, U.N.; Ghimire, S.; Rahman, M.A, et al., Exploring depressive symptoms and its associates among Bangladeshi older adults amid COVID-19 pandemic: findings from a cross-sectional study. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. [Q1 IF 4.328]

[16] Rahman MA, Halder HR, Islam SMS. Effects of COVID-19 on maternal institutional delivery: Fear of a rise in maternal mortality. J Glob Health 2021;11: 03041. [Q1 IF 5.197]

[15] Mistry, S.K.; Ali, A.R.M.M.; Rahman, A.; Yadav, U.N.; Gupta, B.; Rahman, M.A.; Huque, R. Changes in Tobacco Use Patterns During COVID-19 and Their Correlates among Older Adults in Bangladesh. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 202118, 1779. [Q2 IF 3.390]

[14] Rahman M.A, Rahman M.S, Aziz Rahman M, Szymlek-Gay EA, Uddin R, Islam SMS (2021) Prevalence of and factors associated with anaemia in women of reproductive age in Bangladesh, Maldives and Nepal: Evidence from nationally-representative survey data. PLoS ONE 16(1): e0245335. pone.0245335 [Q1 IF 3.240]



[13] Rahman MS, Rahman MA, Afroze L, Islam SM. Unmet needs for mental care services for older people in Bangladesh during the COVID-19 pandemic. BMJ General Psychiatry. 2020 Nov 1;33(6): e100294.https://doi:10.1136/gpsych-2020-100294 [Q3 Cite Score: 4.5]

[12] Rahman MA, Rahman MS, Szymlek-Gay E, Islam SM., (2020). Physical Distancing with Mental Health Services during COVID-19 in Bangladesh. Annals of Family Medicine (Commentary) [Q1, IF 5.16



[11] Rahman, S., Rahman, A., Ali, M., Rahman, S., Yeasmin, A., Ahmed, N. F., & Islam, S. M. S. (2019). Determinants of depressive symptoms among older people in Bangladesh. Journal of Affective Disorders [Q1, IF 6.533, Cite Score 7.8]  

[10] Rahman MS, Rahman MA, Maniruzzaman M, and Howlader MH. Prevalence of undernutrition in Bangladeshi children. Journal of Biosocial Science [Q1 IF 2.018

[9] Rahman, A., Rahman, S.,, (2019) Factors Associated with Neonatal Mortality in Bangladesh: A Cross-Sectional Analysis of The Demographic and Health Survey 2014. Iranian Journal of Public Health. [Q3 IF 1.291]

[8] Howlader MH, Rahman MA & Mahamudul H, Breastfeeding Knowledge, attitudes, and practices among rural women in Bangladesh: Insights from the village of Tungipara. Family Medicine and Primary Care Review. [Q4, Cite Score 0.9]

[7] Rahman, A., Rahman, S.,, (2019). Risk factors of chronic childhood malnutrition: an analysis of the Bangladesh demographic and health survey 2014 data. Journal of Public Health: From Theory to Practice. SPRINGER.[Q3]

[6] Rahman MS, Rahman MA, Rahman MS. Prevalence and determinants of loneliness among older adults in Bangladesh. International Journal of Emerging Trends in Social Sciences. 2019;5(2):57-64.

[5] Rahman, A., Rahman, M. S., & Rahman, M. A. (2019). Determinants of Infant Mortality in Bangladesh: A Nationally Surveyed Data Analysis. International Journal of Child Health and Nutrition, 8(3).

[4] Howlader MH, Rahman MA, Rahul MIH. Assessment of factors influencing health care service utilization in rural area of Bangladesh. International Journal of Community Medicine and Public Health 2019; 6:3710-6.



[3] Rahman, M. S., & Rahman, M. A. (2018). Impacts of Climate Change on Crop Production in Bangladesh: A Review. Journal of Agriculture and Crops, 5(1), 6-14.

[2] Khan, B., Nabia, S. A. and Rahman, M. A. (2018). The effect of riverbank erosion on lives and livelihoods of rural people: a study on Nolian village, Khulna, Bangladesh. Journal of Science, Technology and Environment Informatics, 06(01), 466-473.

[1] Rahman M, Fatema N, Aktar S, Khan B, Shovo TE, Howlader M. Livelihood Sustainability Status and Challenges of South-western Coastal Area of Bangladesh. Journal of Social and Political Sciences. 2020 Oct 9;3(4).


Book Chapter

Rahman, A., Rahman, S., Childhood Underweight in Rural Bangladesh (Chapter 5), Rahman, A, eds. Malnutrition: prevalence, risk factors and outcomes, Nova Science Publishers, Inc, New York

Rahman, A., Rahman, S., Rahman, A., Associated risk factors for acute malnutrition among rural Bangladeshi children: a national surveyed data analysis (Chapter 3), Rahman, A, eds. Malnutrition: prevalence, risk factors and outcomes, Nova Science Publishers, Inc, New York

Conference Papers 2021

Tasfia Tahsin, Khondoker Mirazul Mumenin, Farhana Tazmim Pinki, Anamika Biswas Tuli, Shahriar Sikder,
Md. Ashfikur Rahman
, Abdullah Al-Mamun Bulbul and Md. Abdul Awal, "GWO-XGB: Grey Wolf Optimization-based eXtreme Gradient Boosting for Hypertension Prediction in Bangladesh" 2021 International Conference on Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ICECIT), 14–16 September 2021, Khulna, Bangladesh 


Roll No.

Thesis Title 2020-2021 Session (Completed)

MDS 182106

Fear Of COVID-19 Among Adults in Bangladesh: A Cross-Sectional Study

MDS 182123

Factors Associated with Health-Care Seeking Behaviour in Rural Households of Bangladesh

MDS 182132

Prevalence and Factors Associated with Depressive Symptoms Amid COVID-19 Among School Going Children in Bangladesh: A Cross-Sectional Study



DS 172116

Impact of COVID-19 on Rickshaw Pullers in Khulna City

DS 172121

Analyzing The Impacts of COVID-19 On Informal Economy in Khulna City: Livelihood Challenges

DS 172123

Impact of COVID-19 on Easy Bike Drivers in Khulna City

DS 172124

Measuring The Impact of COVID-19 Among Hotel and Restaurant Business in Khulna City, Bangladesh

Op-Ed in News Paper Articles

1.      Md. Ashfikur Rahman (The Daily Observer “Sustainable development in the coastal areas of Bangladesh” Published: Wednesday, 10 October, 2018)


2.      Md. Ashfikur Rahman (The Daily Observer “Behind the scene of development discourse Published: Wednesday, 18 July, 2018)


1.                 অন্তর্ভুক্তিমূলক নাকি স্বাতন্ত্র্যমূলক উন্নয়ন কাম্য?

2.             টেকসই উন্নয়ন নিশ্চিতকল্পে সবার অংশগ্রহণ প্রয়োজন

3.             মধ্য-এশিয়াই তিন পরাশক্তি?

4.             কারিগরি শিক্ষার প্রয়োজনীতা ও করনীয়।







Inferential Statistics

This course introduces students for the sake of understanding and analyzing data. the course aimed to equip students with the tools needed to analyze real-world data and to justify their use through theory.


Peace, Conflict and Development

This course examines theoretical and practical frameworks for understanding conflict with particular attention to structures and dynamics inhibiting peace.

  • Inferential Statistics
  • Peace, Conflict and Development