Abu Abdullah, MBBS, PhD, MPH
Research Associate Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Medicine
General Internal Medicine

MBBS, Guangxi Medical University
PhD, University of Hong Kong
MPH, Guangxi Medical University



Abu Abdullah, MBBS (MD), MPH, PhD, FFPH, a global health expert, is a public health physician and behavioral scientist with expertise in epidemiological, behavioral and health services research. Trained as a family physician, Dr. Abdullah completed his doctorate in Community Medicine at the University of Hong Kong, where his thesis work focused on prevention and control of STD/AIDS in Hong Kong and China. He received an MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics with a focus on the epidemiology of cigarette smoking among youth. During his Public Health specialization training with the Royal College of Physicians in the United Kingdom (UK), he worked on areas of tobacco dependency treatment/global tobacco control, health services and policy research, and travel and tropical medicine. During his post-doctoral attachment with the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, he worked on the European Non-Aggregate AIDS data set to determine the trends in AIDS-defining cancers in Western Europe, and conducted a situation analysis on smoking cessation strategies in the developing world.

He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health (FFPH) at the UK Royal College of Physicians, a Fellow of the Hong Kong College of Community Medicine (FHKCCM) and a Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy Medicine (FHKAM). Dr. Abdullah is also a Research Professor of Global Health, Duke University and Professor of Global Health, Duke Kunshan University. He was a member of the editorial board (2000-2010) for the Journal of Travel Medicine, a leading journal in the field of travel and tropical medicine; and an Associate Editor (2015-todate) of the Tobacco Regulatory Science journal. Dr. Abdullah is trilingual in English, Mandarin Chinese and Bengali.

Dr. Abdullah's research interests include: (1) prevention and control of chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) by addressing major NCD risk factors (i.e. tobacco use, poor diet and physical inactivity), changing health systems and improving adherence to treatment; (2) health services and policy research among the underserved in the United States and in LMICs; and (3) global health and development. His research also focuses on the use of information and communication technology (ICT) and mobile health (mHealth) to promote global health research and training.

Dr. Abdullah has written several book chapters and has more than 100 peer-reviewed publications covering several emerging aspects of public health. Periodically, he provides consultancy services on health improvement, global health research and public health policy initiatives to international organizations and governments agencies.



Ecapacity Building in China for Using ICT in Global Health Research and Training
05/18/2015 - 04/30/2019 (PI)
NIH-FIC
5R25TW009715-03


Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.

  1. Long H, Huang W, Zheng P, Li J, Tao S, Tang S, Abdullah AS. Barriers and Facilitators of Engaging Community Health Workers in Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) Prevention and Control in China: A Systematic Review (2006?2016). Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2018 Oct 26; 15(11). PMID: 30373205.
     
  2. Mui LWH, Friedman RH, Lau JTF, Peng J, Abdullah AS. A RCT to evaluate a totally automated, culturally-adapted telephone counselor for increasing physical activity among physically inactive individuals in China. BMC Public Health. 2018 Jun 26; 18(1):785.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29940904.
     
  3. Huang W, Long H, Li J, Tao S, Zheng P, Tang S, Abdullah AS. Delivery of public health services by community health workers (CHWs) in primary health care settings in China: a systematic review (1996-2016). Glob Health Res Policy. 2018; 3:18. PMID: 29992191.
     
  4. Zou M, Zhang Y, Zhang F, Hu P, Bai R, Huang W, Lu L, Abdullah AS, Guo JJ, Sharma M, Reis C, Zhao Y. The ability to obtain, appraise and understand health information among undergraduate nursing students in a medical university in Chongqing, China. Nurs Open. 2018 Jul; 5(3):384-392. PMID: 30062033.
     
  5. Abdullah AS, Guangmin N, Kaiyong H, Jing L, Yang L, Zhang Z, Winickoff JP. Implementing Tobacco Control Assistance in Pediatric Departments of Chinese Hospitals: A Feasibility Study. Pediatrics. 2018 Jan; 141(Suppl 1):S51-S62. PMID: 29292306.
     
  6. Zhou B, Ning C, McCann CD, Liao Y, Yang X, Zou Y, Jiang J, Liang B, Abdullah AS, Qin B, Upur H, Zhong C, Ye L, Liang H. Impact of Educational Interventions on Acceptance and Uptake of Male Circumcision in the General Population of Western China: A Multicenter Cohort Study. Sci Rep. 2017 Nov 02; 7(1):14931. PMID: 29097659.
     
  7. Wang J, Abdullah AS, Ma Z, Fu H, Huang K, Yu H, Wang J, Cai L, He H, Xiao J, Quintiliani L, Friedman RH, Yang L. Building capacity for information and communication technology use in global health research and training in China: a qualitative study among Chinese health sciences faculty members. Health Res Policy Syst. 2017 Jun 28; 15(1):59.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28659155.
     
  8. Ma Z, Yang L, Yang L, Huang K, Yu H, He H, Wang J, Cai L, Wang J, Fu H, Quintiliani L, Friedman RH, Xiao J, Abdullah AS. Developing a Curriculum for Information and Communications Technology Use in Global Health Research and Training: A Qualitative Study Among Chinese Health Sciences Graduate Students. JMIR Med Educ. 2017 Jun 12; 3(1):e11.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28606894.
     
  9. Xu X, Chen C, Abdullah AS, Liu L, Sharma M, Li Y, Zhao Y. Smoking related attitudes, motives, and behaviors of male secondary school students in an urban setting of China. Springerplus. 2016; 5(1):2021. PMID: 27994998.
     
  10. Huang K, Yang L, Winickoff JP, Liao J, Nong G, Zhang Z, Liang X, Liang G, Abdullah AS. The Effect of a Pilot Pediatric In-Patient Department-Based Smoking Cessation Intervention on Parental Smoking and Children's Secondhand Smoke (SHS) Exposure in Guangxi, China. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2016 11 08; 13(11). PMID: 27834840.
     
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