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Tasmiah Nuzhath

DrPH student
Health Promotion & Community Health Sciences
Texas A&M University
Hagler Institute for Advanced Study Student Fellow to Dr. Peter Hotez,Class of 2019-2020
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About Me

I completed my Bachelor's and Master's on Population Sciences from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, and began working at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Bangladesh in projects related to strengthening access and availability of maternal health services in Bangladesh. I am currently doing my Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) in Health Promotion and Community Health Sciences.

Reserach Project: Vaccination Risk Index

Measles vaccination coverage in many nations has dropped below the 95% coverage rate necessary to prevent measles outbreaks through herd immunity. Under the direction of 2019-2020 faculty fellow Dr. Peter Hotez, Dean for the National School of Tropical Medicine Houston, Baylor College of Medicine, and Co-Director of Texas Children's Hospital Center for Vaccine Development, Houston, Texas, we are developing a metrics for vaccine-preventable disease risk that incorporates published vaccine confidence estimates, but also reflects the social determinants characterized by the indices related to human development, conflicts, disasters and refugee movements, and climate change metrics, and generating a heat map to identify the global hotspots where vaccine coverage may be at risk of decline. The metric has significant potential to serve as a public health tool for predicting current and future measles outbreaks.

Research Interests

  • Vaccination
  • Maternal and Child Health/Women's Health
  • Global Health
  • Health Promotion of Vulnerable Populations (e.g., adolescents, refugees, racial minorities)


  • PJ Hotez, T Nuzhath, B Colwell. Combating vaccine hesitancy and other 21st century social determinants in the global fight against measles. Current Opinion in Virology 41, 1-7. 2020
  • Hossain, M., Mazumder, H., Tasnim, S., Nuzhath, T., & Sultana, A. Geriatric health in Bangladesh during COVID-19: challenges and recommendations. 2020, May 11. (under review)
  • Islam MM, Nuzhath T. Health risks of Rohingya refugee population in Bangladesh: a call for global attention. J Glob Health. 2018;8(2):020309. doi:10.7189/jogh.08.020309