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Faculty of Community Services
Shafi U. Bhuiyan, Distinguished Visiting Scholar and Adjunct Professor, School of Occupational and Public Health, Ryerson

Shafi U. Bhuiyan




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  • Maternal, neonatal and child health.
  • International medical graduate training.
  • Research capacity building.


Shafi Bhuiyan is a distinguished visiting professor, founding academic director and leader of the Internationally Trained Medical Doctors (ITMD) bridging program at Ryerson University. Since 2012, he has also been a faculty member at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health.

In addition to his academic appointments, Shafi is an internationally-recognized leader on improving maternal, neonatal and child health (MNCH) and on the empowerment of women. Through initiatives such as the innovative Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Handbook, and various international collaborations, Bhuiyan helps to ensure the continuum of MNCH care and works to strengthen health systems in developing countries.

Since 2013, Bhuiyan has been co-chair of  the Capacity Building Program within the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research (CCGHR) and is a liaison for the CCGHR University Advisory Council. At CCGHR, he leads the development of national and international partnerships for higher education in global health and a research capacity building program that promotes the CCGHR-University Advisory Council’s internationalization initiative. Bhuiyan is a keen supporter of capacity building for the next generation of young professionals. He has taught global health graduate programs at Osaka University, in Japan, and the ASEAN Institute of Health Development, at Mahidol University in Thailand. He also offers a field research methodology course for graduate students at Ryerson.

Bhuiyan received his MBBS from the University of Dhaka, an MPH from Mahidol University in Thailand, and a PhD in Global Human Sciences from Osaka University, in Japan. He is a founding board member of the International Committee on MCH Handbook in the World, housed at Osaka University and is actively associated with the Canadian Network for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health as University Liaison for Ryerson University/ U of T.

Research Interests:

Research interests:

  • Maternal and Child Health Handbook

  • maternal, neonatal and child health care development

  • global health collaborative research

Research projects:

  • Empowerment of women and their families seeking maternal, neonatal and child health services through a maternal and child health handbook for use in rural communities in Bangladesh.

  • A Pilot Development of MCH Handbook in Bangladesh.

  • The Utilization of MCH Handbook in Community Clinics (rural) and Hospitals (urban).

  • MCH Handbook: Impact Evaluation.

  • HIV Prevention Collaborative Project in Bangladesh.

  • Capacity building of Internationally Trained Medical Doctors.

Current Courses:

Teaching responsibilities:

  • Global Health Seminar

  • ITMD Field Practicum and Major Research Project

Teaching interests:

  • maternal, neonatal and child health

  • health system research and management

Contributions to teaching:

Selected Publications:


  • Shafi Bhuiyan. A Handbook: The Global Impact of Maternal and Child Health. UN Special Magazine, WHO. Vol. 749. P 14-15, May 2015.

Journal articles:

  • Bhuiyan S, Begum H, Deena, Ehsan S, Jamal Shah S, et al. (2017) Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Handbook and Its Effect on Maternal and Child Health Care: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. J Community Med Public Health: CMPH-109. Vol. 2017, Issue 02.
  • Shafi Bhuiyan. [Technical Brief]: Piloting MCH Handbook for increasing women’s knowledge on maternal and child health in Bangladesh. JICA Technical Brief, JICA, Sep. 2017 [Accepted].
  • Shafi Bhuiyan et al.  Maternal and child health handbook: Utilization and lessons learned from selected evidence-based studies. J Pub Health Dev. 2017: 15(2): 87-100.
  • Shafi Bhuiyan, Farah Tahsin. Maternal and Child Health in Bangladesh: Transitioning from MDGs to SDGs, International Journal of Current Research Vol. 9, Issue, 05, pp.49982-49993. May 2017
  • Shafi Bhuiyan. Building the Capacity of Ontario’s health care sector through the integration of internationally trained medical doctors (ITMDs): A preliminary result from a pilot bridging program at Ryerson University. Ted Rogers School of Management (TRSM), Ryerson (June 2016 Presentation).
  • Shafi Bhuiyan. MNCH Handbook in the World: Lessons Learned from Selected Evidence-Based Studies. (Nov 2016, Tokyo MCH Handbook 10th Conference Presentation)
  • Sean B. Rourke, Tsegaye Bekele, Ruthann Tucker, Saara Greene, Michael Sobota, Jay Koornstra, LaVerne Monette, Jean Bacon, Shafi Bhuiyan, Sergio Rueda, James Watson, Stephen W. Hwang, James Dunn, Keith Hambly. Housing Characteristics and their Influence on Health-Related Quality of Life in Persons Living with HIV in Ontario, Canada: Results from the Positive Spaces, Healthy Places Study. AIDS and Behavior, Nov. 2012, Volume 16, Issue 8, pp 2361-2373.
  • Tucker, R. and Rourke, S.B. , Greene, S., Bekele, T. Bhuiyan, S., and the Positive Spaces Healthy Places Team. (Accepted 2012). Housing and Health Related Quality of Life among Persons Living with HIV/AIDS: Design and Implementation of the Positive Spaces, Healthy Places Study. AIDS and Behavior.

  • Monette, L. & Rourke, S.B. , Bhuiyan, and the Positive Spaces, Healthy Places Team. (2011). Inequalities in determinants of health among Aboriginal and Caucasian persons living with HIV/AIDS in Ontario: Results from the Positive Spaces, Healthy Places Study. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 102(3): 215-219.

  • Shafi U. Bhuiyan. Development, field testing and potential benefits of a Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Handbook in Bangladesh. Journal of International Health Development 2009 Vol. 24 No. 2

  • Shafi U. Bhuiyan. Nakamura Y., Continuity of Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health Care through MCH Handbook for Ensuring the Quality of Life. Child Research Net.

  • Labay E.M., Bhuiyan S.U., Hongkrailert N. Risk Factors Relating to the Diarrheal Disease Occurrence among under 5 Children at Samut Sakhon Province, Thailand. Journal of Public Health and Development 2007 Vol. 5 No. 3: 63-74

  • Hasan A., Chompikul J., Bhuiyan S.U. Patient Satisfaction with Maternal and Child Health Services among Mothers Attending the Maternal and Child Health Training Institute in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Journal of Public Health and Development 2007 Vol. 5 No. 3: 23-33

  • Siswanto E., Bhuiyan S.U., Chompikul J. Knowledge and Perception of Pneumonia Disease among Mothers of Children under Five Years attending Nakhon Pathom General Hospital, Thailand. Journal of Public Health and Development 2007 Vol. 5 No. 2: 43-54

  • Nguyen H. Thuong, Shafi U. Bhuiyan, Sutham N. Determinants Related to the Utilization of Voluntary Counselling and HIV Testing Service in Vietnam. Journal of Public Health and Development 2007 Vol. 5 No. 1: 63-75

  • Md.Yunus, Jutatip S., Shafi U. Bhuiyan. Acceptance of Family Planning Methods among the Married Women of Reproductive Age at Methapukur Upazila, Bangladesh. Journal of Public Health and Development 2007 Vol. 5 No.1:53-62

  • Pandara V.E. Isaranurug S., Bhuiyan S.U. Utilization of MCH Handbook and Exclusive Breastfeeding Among Mothers of Children 6 to 12 months old in Manado, Indonesia. Journal of Public Health and Development 2006 Vol. 4 No. 3: 65-74

  • Shafi U. Bhuiyan, Nakamura Y., Nahid A. Qureshi. Study on the Development and Assessment of Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Handbook in Bangladesh. Journal of Public Health and Development 2006 Vol. 4 No. 2: 45-60
  • Bhuiyan Shafi, Qureshi N. Health Information, education and communication needs: a case study of a health education workshop in a public maternity hospital in Bangladesh. Journal of Asian Women’s Studies 2004 Vol. 13: 57-63
  • Bhuiyan Shafi, Nakamura Y. GO-NGO Partnership Challenges and Opportunities in the New Millennium: A case Study of Reproductive Health Initiative in Bangladesh. The Bulletin of Human Sciences 2004 Vol. 30: 209-220
  • Bhuiyan Shafi. An Experience of Low Birth Weight Study: A Major Public Health Challenge in Bangladesh. ‘Syn’ The Bulletin of Volunteer Studies 2003 Vol.4: 59-72
  • Bhuiyan Shafi, Qureshi N. Skilled Birth Attendance and MCH Handbook: Unmet Challenges for Safe Delivery in Bangladesh. ‘Syn’ The Bulletin of Volunteer Studies 2002 Vol.3: 33-45
  • Bhuiyan Shafi. Public-Private Partnership Experiences in Bangladesh. The Journal of Japan Association for International Health 2002 Vol. 17 (Supplement): 89-89

Professional Affiliations:

  • Post-Doctoral Global Research Scientist Award, Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences (JSPS) Fellowship Osaka University, Japan, 2007-2009.

  • Monboshu Ph.D. Study Award/Scholarship, Government of Japan, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Japan, 2001-2005.

  • UNFPA Fellowship/MPH Study Award, Strengthening of MCH Program in Bangladesh, United Nations (UNFPA), 1999-2000.

Position Currently Held:

Distinguished Visiting Scholar and Adjunct Professor

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