Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
Master in Public Health (MPH) in Infectious Diseases Epidemiology and Control
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Abrar is a medical epidemiologist, having more than 18 years’ experience in the health sector with governmental, non-governmental and international health organizations. He has a substantial experience of public health programs and infectious diseases research, having worked in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Tuberculosis Control Programs for many years. Currently he is working as a Senior Lecturer in the School of Population, University of New South Wales Australia. He is the director of Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence (MIDI) Program. His research interests include epidemiology and control of infectious diseases, focusing on emerging and re-emerging infections. He has published more than 110 journal papers, one book chapter, three government reports and 12 conference papers/abstracts during last 8 years. He has generated significant knowledge around the use of face masks to protect from infectious diseases, which has influenced policy and practice internationally. The impact of his work on face masks has been huge during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Abrar is convening two infectious diseases courses at School of Population Health. He is also supervising PhD, Masters, internship and independent learning program (ILP) students. He has received two teaching awards from the School.
Alan Hodgkinson prize for outstanding contribution to teaching in 2020 from School of Population Health
Early career researcher teaching award in 2018 from School of Population Health
Finalist in the 2017 Eureka Prizes
Won the CAPHIA Research Team Prize in 2017
“Best Thesis Award” 2015 - School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW
Dean’s Award from Faculty of Medicine UNSW (November 2013), acknowledging the achievements with the potential to become nationally competitive researcher
Competitive International Postgraduate Scholarship by University of New South Wales for PhD in Public Health and Community Medicine in Australia – 2012-2015
Competitive Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) scholarship for Master in Public Health in Australia – 2009
2020-2021 MRFF Research Grants A randomised controlled trial of mask use in control of respiratory outcomes during bushfire season MacIntyre, Shah, Seale, Chughtai