On 10-12 April 2018, URB’s research training partner Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) organized a residential training program entitled “Short Course on Environmental Health Research” as part of the Bangladesh GEOHealth program. This training, staffed by personnel from the Bangladesh Government, Universities in Bangladesh, Columbia University, University of Southern California, and experts from the partner organizations, was conducted to develop the capacity of young local environmental health researchers.
The goal was to train them as future environmental scientists. A total of sixteen individuals participated in this course, which took place at BRAC CDM, Savar, Dhaka.
The participants received training on the principles and methods in environmental study design, on major environmental toxins and their effects on health, and on how to assess the air pollution exposure, occupational safety and health, as well as environmental health policy.
After their training, the participants were divided into four groups. They developed and designed four draft proposals highlighting global environmental issues. As a result of their participation in the short course, the participants have built a research network among themselves which will undoubtedly encourage themselves to work on environmental issues globally.