Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Mahbubur Rahman, M.B.B.S., Ph.D., M.P.H.
Associate Professor


M.P.H., 2001, Harvard School of Public Health, MA
Ph.D. in Epidemiology, 1998, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan
M.B.B.S, 1990, Sir Salimullah Medical College, Dhaka, Bangladesh


Research Interests:

HPV vaccine awareness and utilization; cancer prevention; obesity; weight loss behaviors; nutritional awareness; body composition; racial disparity


Selected Recent Publications:

Rahman M, Berenson AB. Self-perception of weight gain among multiethnic reproductive-age women. Journal of Women’s Health 2012; 21(3):340-346

Thu TA, Rahman M, Coffin S, Harun-Or-Rashid M, Sakamoto J, Nguyen VH. Antibiotic use among Vietnamese hospitals: a multicenter point-prevalence study. American Journal of Infection Control 2012 Feb 16. [Epub ahead of print]

Leyser-Whalen O, Rouhani M, Rahman M, Berenson AB. Risk factors for failure to place transcervical sterilization coils in the tubal ostia. Contraception 2012;85(4):384-388

Roncancio A, Berenson AB, Rahman M. Health locus of control, acculturation, and health-related internet use among Latinas. Journal of Health Communication. 2012;17(6):631-40

Berenson AB, Rahman M. Prevalence and correlates of non-medical prescription drug use among young women receiving public healthcare. Journal of Addictive Diseases 2011; 30(3):203-215

Hirth JM, Rahman M. Berenson AB. The association of Posttraumatic stress disorder with fast food and soda consumption and unhealthy weight loss behaviors among young women. Journal of Women’s Health 2011;20(8):1141-1149

Leyser-Whalen O, Rahman M, Berenson AB. Natural and Social Disasters: Hurricane Ike and access to contraceptives. Journal of Women’s Health 2011;20(12):1861-1866

Laz TH, Rahman M, Berenson AB. An update on Human papillomavirus vaccine uptake among 11-17-year-old girls in the United States: National Health Interview Survey, 2010. Vaccine 2012;30(24):3534-40.

Berenson AB, van den Berg P, Williams KJ, Rahman M. Effects of injectable and oral contraceptives on glucose and insulin levels. Obstetrics & Gynecology 2011;117(1):41-47

Rahman M, Berenson AB. Self-perception of weight and its association with weight-related behaviors in young reproductive-aged women. Obstetrics & Gynecology 2010;116(6):1274-1280

Rahman M, Berenson AB. Racial difference in lean mass distribution among reproductive-age women. Ethnicity & Disease 2010;20:346-352

Le YL, Rahman M, Berenson AB Perceived weight gain as a correlate of physical activity and energy intake among White, Black, and Hispanic reproductive-aged women. Journal of Women Health 2010;19(11):1987-1993

Rahman M, Berenson AB. Accuracy of current body mass index obesity classification for white, black and Hispanic reproductive-age women. Obstetrics & Gynecology 2010;115(5):982-988

Rahman M, Berenson AB. Predictors of higher bone mineral density loss associated with  depot medroxyprogesterone acetate. Obstetrics & Gynecology 2010;115(1):35-40

Berenson AB, Rahman M, Wilkinson G. Effect of injectable and oral contraceptives on serum lipids. Obstetrics & Gynecology 2009;114(4):786-794

Rahman M, Temple JA, Radecki Breitkopf C, Berenson AB. Racial difference in body fat distribution among reproductive-aged women. Metabolism 2009;58(9):1329-1337

LE YL, Rahman M, Berenson AB. Early weight gain predicting later weight gain among depot medroxyprogesterone users. Obstetrics & Gynecology 2009;114(2):279-284

Berenson AB, Rahman M, Wilkinson G. Racial difference in the correlates of bone mineral content/density and age at peak among reproductive-aged women. Osteoporosis International 2009;20(8):1439-1449 

Berenson AB, Rahman M. Changes in weight, total fat, percent body fat, and central-to-peripheral fat ratio associated with injectable and oral contraceptive use. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology 2009;200(3):329.e1-e8

Berenson AB, Radecki Breitkopf C, Newman JL, Rahman M. Contribution of fat free mass and fat mass to bone mineral density among reproductive-aged women of white, black, and Hispanic race/ethnicity. Journal of Clinical Densitometry 2009;12(2):200-206

Berenson AB, Rahman M, Radecki Breitkopf C, Lian X Bi. A prospective cohort study, controlled study on the effects of depot medroxyprogesterone acetate 20 μg birth control pills on bone mineral density. Obstetrics & Gynecology 2008; 112(4):788-799

Costantine MM, Rahman M, Ghulmiyah L, Byers BD, Longo M,  Wen T, Hankins GDV, Saade GR. Timing of perioperative antibiotics for cesarean sections: a meta-analysis. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology 2008;199(3):301.e1- e6

Berenson AB, Odom SD, Radecki Breitkopf C, Rahman M. Physiologic and psychologic symptoms associated with injectable contraception and 20 μg pills. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology 2008;199(4):351.e1- e12

Rahman M, Vandermause MF, Kieke BA, Belongia EA. Performance of Binax NOW Flu A & B and direct fluorescent assay in comparison with a composite of viral culture or reverse transcription-PCR for detection of influenza infection during 2006-07 season. Diagnostic Microbiology & Infectious Diseases 2008;62(2):162-166

Rahman M, Bright RA, Kieke BA, Donahue GJ, Greenlee RT, Vandermause MF, Balish A, Foust A, Cox NJ, Klimov AI, Shay DK, Belongia EA. Adamantane resistant influenza viruses during the 2004-05 season: clinical Infectious Diseases features and risk factors. Emerging 2008;14(1):

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