Head of the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Section

Aug 30, 2020
Sep 29, 2020
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Aga Khan University's (AKU) Department of Community Health Sciences (CHS) is a preeminent public health institution in the country. The vision of the Chancellor set the direction for the University to take a lead in community development and the creation of an innovative curriculum that emphasises a balance between patient care and population health. CHS has played a major role in pursuing this over the past several decades by leading the development of national level primary health care, public health practice, health systems through evidence-based approach. CHS has established successful models in urban and rural settings in Pakistan emphasising empowerment - building on the strengths of communities. As part of an international University, CHS collaborates in a global network of outstanding research and teaching institutions, including AKU affiliates in East Africa and Central Asia.

CHS has five major units - Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Health Policy & Management, Population & Reproductive Health, Environmental Health, and Non-Communicable Diseases & Mental Health.


Serving as the Head of the Epidemiology & Biostatistics Section, you will be responsible for:
  • developing and conducting quality educational and training programmes in epidemiology and biostatistics for undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students at the Aga Khan University
  • overseeing and contributing to the development of advanced courses in epidemiology and biostatistics such as bayesian inference, disease modeling, multivariate analysis etc.
  • developing continuing education programmes and tailored educational programme in communicable diseases and surveillance methods
  • continually improving and guiding the master's programme in epidemiology & biostatistics which focuses on epidemiology, biostatistics, data management, community health, and information technology
  • mobilising grants and establishing a research programme in high risk populations, childhood diarrhea, respiratory infections in specific cohorts, malaria surveillance, antimicrobial resistance, and outbreak investigation of HIV
  • prioritising areas for strengthening capacity in advanced analyses, to foster methodological research agenda in communicable diseases
  • collaborating with research scientists and key stakeholders, nationally and internationally, and promoting AKU as a centre with high level expertise in public health and infectious diseases.


You should have:
  • a PhD in Public Health discipline with a preferable focus in Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases from an HEC recognised or reputable foreign university/institution
  • at least ten years of teaching/research experience in the field of Epidemiology & Biostatistics in an HEC recognised University or a post-graduate Institution with demonstrated professional accomplishment and evidence of publications and successful performance in grant writing, and scientific/public health research & development
  • good teaching skills and knowledge of new teaching methodologies and practices
  • ability to communicate effectively both verbal and written in English and Urdu, command over other local/regional languages would be an added advantage
  • good academic writing skills
  • proficiency in use of computer software packages used for epidemiological and statistical analysis of data
  • ability of building and promoting partnerships across the organisation and beyond
  • capability for curriculum planning and organizing skills for research administration
  • good interpersonal skills and commitment to learning, growth, and self-development.

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