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Abu Abdullah

Research Professor of Global Health, Duke University
Professor of Global Health, Duke Kunshan University

Abu Abdullah


Abu Abdullah, MD, MPH, PhD, FFPH is a Research Professor of Global Health, Duke University and Professor of Global Health, Duke Kunshan University. He is a public health physician and behavioral scientist with expertise in epidemiological, behavioral and health services research. 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).

Abdullah's research interests include prevention and control of chronic non-communicable diseases in low- and middle-income countries by addressing major risk factors such as tobacco use, poor diet and physical inactivity, and by improving adherence to treatment; health services research among the underserved in the United States and in developing countries; and global health and development. His research also focuses on the use of information and communication technology to promote global health research and training. Professor Abdullah teaches in the Duke Kunshan Unversity Master of Science in Global Health program.

Abdullah has written several book chapters and has about 90 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.


Recent Publications

Ma Z, Huang H, Chen Q, Chen F, Abdullah AS, Nie G, Feng Q, Wei B. Mental Health Services in Rural China: A Qualitative Study of Primary Health Care Providers. Biomed Res Int. 2015;2015:151053. doi: 10.1155/2015/151053. Epub 2015 Dec 24 View

Lam TH, Cheung YT, Leung DY, Abdullah AS, Chan SS. Effectiveness of smoking reduction intervention for hardcore smokers. Tob Induc Dis. 2015 Apr 2;13(1):9. doi: 10.1186/s12971-015-0034-y. View

Huang K, Abdullah AS, Liao J, Huo H, Yang L, Zhang Z, Winickoff JP, Nong G. Chinese pediatrician beliefs about counseling and medications for parents who smoke: a survey in southern China. Tob Induc Dis. 2015 Apr 7;13(1):10. doi: 10.1186/s12971-015-0035-x. View

Huang K, Abdullah AS, Huo H, Liao J, Yang L, Zhang Z, Chen H, Nong G, Winickoff JP. Chinese Pediatrician Attitudes and Practices Regarding Child Exposure to Secondhand Smoke (SHS) and Clinical Efforts against SHS Exposure. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2015 May 8;12(5):5013-25. doi: 10.3390/ijerph120505013. PMID: 26006117 View

Abdullah AS, Driezen P, Quah AC, Nargis N, Fong GT. Predictors of smoking cessation behavior among Bangladeshi adults: findings from ITC Bangladesh survey. Tob Induc Dis. 2015 Aug 11;13(1):23. doi: 10.1186/s12971-015-0050-y. PMID: 26261450 View

Abdullah AS, Hua F, Khan H, Xia X, Bing Q, Tarang K, Winickoff JP. Secondhand Smoke Exposure Reduction Intervention in Chinese Households of Young Children: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Acad Pediatr. 2015 Nov-Dec;15(6):588-98. doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2015.06.008. PMID: 26300367 View

Nargis N, Thompson ME, Fong GT, Driezen P, Hussain AK, Ruthbah UH, Quah AC, Abdullah AS. Prevalence and Patterns of Tobacco Use in Bangladesh from 2009 to 2012: Evidence from International Tobacco Control (ITC) Study. PLoS One. 2015 Nov 11;10(11):e0141135. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0141135. PMID: 26559051 View