My research areas of interest include social epidemiology of infectious diseases (e.g., HIV/AIDS, STI, COVID-19) and community role in promoting sexual and reproductive health of marginalized populations, including female sex workers, injecting drug users, women, refugees, and migrants. I also have a growing interest in the migration and refugee studies.
Dr Huda is a health sociologist with a major in Public Health and Sociology. He has been working for several years in various areas of his interest, including the social epidemiology of infectious diseases and community role in promoting sexual and reproductive health of marginalized populations. He has a growing interest in mental health and chronic diseases. He published eleven articles in peer-reviewed journals, six newspaper articles and...view more
Dr Huda is a health sociologist with a major in Public Health and Sociology. He has been working for several years in various areas of his interest, including the social epidemiology of infectious diseases and community role in promoting sexual and reproductive health of marginalized populations. He has a growing interest in mental health and chronic diseases. He published eleven articles in peer-reviewed journals, six newspaper articles and attended eight international conferences.
He is acting as a casual research assistant in the School of Population Health. In this position, he holds responsible for systematically searching databases, writing PROSPERO protocols, developing protocols for journals, and preparing draft manuscripts for publications in high impact factor journals. The databases include Scopus, Ovid MEDLINE, EMBASE, Global Health, CINAHL, PubMed, ProQuest, PsycINFO, Web of Science, and Google Scholar. Previously, Dr Huda acted as a data quality analyst at the NSW Ministry of Health. In this capacity, he worked in the surveillance and epidemiology teams primarily responsible for ensuring quality and managing novel coronavirus-related data to make evidence-based decisions regarding Australia’s response to COVID-19. Dr Huda also worked as a public health researcher at the Kirby Institute, UNSW Medicine. Before coming to Australia, he worked as a researcher in some international NGOs, namely the Save the Children and Action Aid.
He was awarded a prestigious UIPA scholarship to undertake his PhD at SPHCM. His PhD topic was 'A mixed-methods study of sex work and the HIV prevention environment for female sex workers in Bangladesh'. Earlier, Dr Huda did a Bachelor of Social Sciences (by research) and Master of Social Sciences in Sociology (by research) from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh and earned the first-class (fourth position in order of merit) and 3.80/4 out of 225 students, respectively. Due to his excellent academic results, the University of Dhaka awarded him the ‘SM Hall Scholarship’.
Situation of children of sex workers in Daulatdia brothel area in Bangladesh. Grant from the Save the Children, 10,000 USD.
Commercial sex and vulnerability to HIV infection among the children of sex workers in Tangail brothel. University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh and Action Aid, 8,000 USD.
Climate change adaptation strategies in Bangladesh. Grant from Green University of Bangladesh, 2,000 USD.
PhD in epidemiology and sexual health, UNSW Sydney
BSS and MSS (by research) in Sociology, University of Dhaka
University International Postgraduate Award (UIPA) scholarship
International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP) scholarship
International AIDS Society Scholarship
SM Hall Scholarship
My Research Activities
Published journal articles
1. Akombi B.J. Huda, M.N. Judith, B., and Wali, N. (2021). Double burden of malnutrition among migrants and refugees in developed countries: A systematic review proposal. This manuscript has been accepted for publication in the Social Science Protocol journal on 28 May 2021.
2. Huda, M.N., Billah, M., Sharmin, S. et al. (2021). Associations between family social circumstances and psychological distress among the university students of Bangladesh: To what extent do the lifestyle factors mediate? BMC Psychology, 9, 80. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40359-021-00587-6
3. Akombi, BJ; Huda, M.N., Schutte, A.E., Macniven, R., Lin, S., Xu, X., and Renzaho A. (2021). The association between post-migration nutrition and lifestyle transition and the risk of developing chronic diseases among sub-Saharan Africa migrants: A mixed method systematic review protocol. The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18 (4706).
4. Huda, M. N., Islam, R., Qureshi, M. O., Pillai, S., & Hossain, S. Z. (2020). Rumour and social stigma as barriers to the prevention of coronavirus disease (COVID-19): What solutions to consider?. Global Biosecurity, 1(4).
5. Kamal, A. H., Huda, M. N., Dell, C., Hossain, S., & Ahmed, S. (2020). Translational strategies to control and prevent spread of COVID-19 in the Rohiynga refugee camps in Bangladesh. Global Biosecurity, 1(4).
6. Huda, M. N., & Ferdous, A. (2018). The impact of HIV/AIDS education through formal curriculum and texts in Bangladesh: A study on secondary and higher secondary students. International Journal of Perceptions in Public Health, 2(2), 94-107.
7. Huda, M. N., Sikder, A., Rahman, M., Mohiuddin, M., and Islam, M.S. (2016). Access to mass media and awareness of sexually transmitted diseases among the truck drivers in Dhaka city: do mass media make them aware? South Asian Journal of Social Sciences, 1(1): 1-14.
8. Huda, M. N., Hossin, M. Z., Ashik-E-Elahi, S., & Mahbub, F. (2016). Socio-demographic and economic correlates of climate change coping and adaptation Strategies: a study on the farmer communities in Barisal District, Bangladesh. American Journal of Climate Change, 5(02), 167.
9. Huda, M. N. (2013). Understanding indigenous people’s perception on climate change and climatic hazards: a case study of Chakma indigenous communities in Rangamati Sadar Upazila of Rangamati district, Bangladesh. Natural Hazards 65(3):2147–2159.
10. Huda, M. N. and Amanullah, ASM. (2013). HIV/AIDS-related knowledge among the secondary school students in Bangladesh: a cross-sectional study. Advances in Infectious Diseases, 2013, 3, 274-280.
11. Amanullah, ASM., and Huda, M.N. (2012). Commercial sex and vulnerability to HIV infection: a study among the children of sex workers (SWs) in Tangail Brothel. In Sabet, D.M., Rahman, T., and Ahmad S. (Eds.), Sex workers and their children in Bangladesh: addressing risks and vulnerabilities (pp.59-81). University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) and ActionAid.
1. Huda, M.N., Rawstorne, P., and Stephenson, N. (2020). Women’s moving into sex work and vulnerability to HIV transmission: A study in Bangladesh. This paper has been accepted for presentation in the 23rd International AIDS Conference (IAS) to be held in San Francisco and Oakland, the USA on 6-10 July 2020, 6-10 July 2020.
2. Huda, M.N. (2017). Assessing the inclusion of gender-based violence in national strategic plans for HIV/AIDS in Bangladesh. A paper accepted in the 15th World Congress on Public Health (WCPH), 3-4 April 2017.
3. Huda, M.N., Rawstorne, P., and Stephenson, N. (2016). HIV/AIDS responses targeting female sex workers in Bangladesh: beyond individualistic approaches? The 12th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP), 12-14 March 2016, Dhaka: Bangladesh.
4. Huda, M. N., Azim, S., Hossain, R., and Taher, T. (2015). Risk practices associated with HIV among people who inject drugs in Dhaka City: a qualitative study. A paper presented in an international conference organized by the Dhaka University Statistics Department Alumni Association (DUSDAA) at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, 28 December 2015.
5. Huda, M. N., Sikder, A., Rahman, M., and Mohiuddin, M. (2015). Access to Mass Media and Awareness of Sexually Transmitted Diseases Among the Truck Drivers in Dhaka City: Do Mass Media Make Them Aware? A paper presented in UNSW postgraduate research conference Sydney, Australia, 21 August 2015.
6. Huda, M. N. (2014). Impact of HIV/AIDS education through formal curriculum and texts in Bangladesh: an exploratory study on the secondary and higher secondary students. A paper presented in an International Conference, Independent University Bangladesh (IUB), 23-25 August, 2014.
7. Huda, M. N. (2013). Measuring Bangladeshi students’ attitudes towards HIV/AIDS education: a cross-sectional study. Published as an e-poster in the 11th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP) held in Bangkok, Thailand, November 18-22, 2013.
8. Amanullah, ASM., and Huda, M.N. (2012). Commercial sex and vulnerability to HIV infection: a study among the children of sex workers (SWs) in Tangail brothel. A paper presented in an international conference organised by University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) and ActionAid at the University of Dhaka, 22 November 2012.
Published newspaper articles
1. Huda, M.N. (2020). Is Bangladesh ready to manage the risk of a coronavirus outbreak? The Daily Star. Retrieved from https://www.thedailystar.net/opinion/news/bangladesh-ready-manage-the-risk-coronavirus-outbreak-1883095
Huda, M.N. & Hasan, M.K. (2020). Is it still possible for Bangladesh to contain Covid-19? The Daily Star. Retrieved from https://www.thedailystar.net/opinion/news/it-still-possible-bangladesh-contain-covid-19-1931461
3. Huda, M.N. (2020). How dangerous are fear and social stigma for Covid-19 prevention? The Business Standard. Retrieved from https://tbsnews.net/thoughts/how-dangerous-are-fear-and-social-stigma-covid-19-prevention-111643?fbclid=IwAR02ZM8_pYTgC-hqYSpaQzkj3aW8BMeBLdmsRdyu-5L_F9iPeBKHnmXnUEM
4. Huda, M.N. (2020). Involving young people in tackling climate change and Covid-19. The Daily Star. Retrieved from https://www.thedailystar.net/opinion/news/involving-young-people-tackling-climate-change-and-covid-19-1943413
5. Huda, M.N. (2020). ‘Mental health for all’ during the Covid-19 pandemic. Retrieved from https://www.thedailystar.net/opinion/news/mental-health-all-during-the-covid-19-pandemic-1975269
6. Huda. M. N. (2021). Limited contraceptive use and increasing Rohingya population: Implications for Bangladesh. https://tbsnews.net/thoughts/limited-contraceptive-use-and-increasing-rohingya-population-implications-bangladesh 205531?amp&fbclid=IwAR0u7Rdklu4lxRzkrf98vCcPidGYd0IOca8zMP8e47DaShJg2P3Tt8oB1Dg
My Research Supervision
Areas of supervision
Prevention and transmission mechanisms of infectious diseases including HIV/AIDS, STI, COVID-19, community role in promoting sexual, reproductive health, and health risks of refugees.
Dr Huda has been working as a full-time lecturer in Health Sociology and sessional academic in Public Health-related courses at various institutions in Australia (UNSW, WSU, SCEI, and ACU) and Bangladesh (GUB and IUB) for nearly six years. Currently, he is working as a sessional lecturer or academic at three institutions, such as UNSW, WSU, and SCEI. In these academic roles, he became involved in activities such as lecturing, tutoring, conducting practical classes on marking assignments, student consultations and other administrative tasks on-campus, online or a combination of both. He is also a Guest Lecturer in Communicable Disease Control at UNSW.