M. Omar Rahman

Adjunct Professor of Demography and Epidemiology

Department of Global Health and Population

665 Huntington Avenue
Building I 11th Floor
Boston, MA 02115


Dr. Rahman is a physician and epidemiologist/demographer who has had extensive demographic/epidemiologic and clinical research experience in developing countries. His demographic/epidemiologic research areas include: the impact of social and kinship networks on the physical and mental health of adults and the elderly, the socio-economic determinants of health outcomes, the determinants of health services use by adults and the elderly in developing countries, and women’s health over the life cycle.

He is currently Principal Investigator of a 5-year Program project funded jointly by the National Institute on Aging and the National Institute on Child Health entitled “Healthy aging in rural societies”. This project involves one of the most comprehensive efforts ever mounted to investigate the determinants of health status, health care utilization, fertility and socio-economic well- of individuals over the life-cycle in developing countries, with especial emphasis on the impact of social networks on individual welfare.

Dr. Rahman is also the recipient of a 5-year Special Emphasis Research Award (SERCA) funded by the National Institute on Aging which supports research on “The Impact of Kin networks on the Elderly in rural Bangladesh.”

Apart from his demographic/epidemiologic research, his clinical research has focused on the treatment and pathophysiology of diarrhoeal diseases.

In addition to research, Dr. Rahman teaches two courses (a) PIH 200A-“Introduction to Population and Health”-a required core course for all masters and doctoral students in the department of Population and International Health and (b)”The Epidemiology of the Family”–an advanced course on the impact of social and kinship networks on health.

Other than his research and teaching, Dr. Rahman is actively involved in consulting with a number of International Organizations such as the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and UNICEF.


M.D., 1983, Northwestern University
M.P.H, in Health Policy and Management,1987, Harvard University
D.Sc. in Epidemiology, 1990, Harvard University