Azizur Molla, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Molla is a Professor for the Master of Public Health program in the College of Health Professions at Grand Valley State University. He is a medical anthropologist with experience in community health, environmental health, program evaluation, health education and promotion, and research methods. He has over 17 years of college and university level experience in teaching and doing research on health in South Asia and the U.S. As an Assistant Professor he has taught health & culture, population health, environmental health, research methods in anthropology, and summer ethnographic field school. Dr. Molla has worked with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in designing, implementing and assessing reproductive and public health programs in South Asia. Azizur also coordinated and provided training on global health, reproductive health and healthcare system to the health officials in Bangladesh and Indonesia.
Dr. Molla has done extensive ethnographic research on public health issues in his home country of Bangladesh, in the U.S. and in Haiti. Since 2008, he has been engaged in public health research, education, and community health advocacy in Western Michigan and Grand Rapids. His research interests have focused on: 1) health risks of indoor radon gas in West Michigan, 2) transdisciplinary assessment of water quality and development intervention in Haiti and Bangladesh, 3) the role of policy to sustain international development programs, 4) sustainable healthcare services for the homeless population in Grand Rapids, MI, 5) assessment of healthcare for veterans in West Michigan, 6) Public Knowledge of the ACA: An Inter-professional Collaborative Project, and Sustain Renewable Energy – Knowledge and Perceptions of West Michiganders. His studies and publications focus on diseases caused by water contamination and air pollution, health disparities, public health policy, the roles of local and international organization that address public health challenges.