Founder of Julius Centre University of Malaya


Prof. Dr. Awg Bulgiba Bin Awg Mahmud


The first Malaysian doctor to gain a PhD in Health Informatics, Prof Awg Bulgiba (MBBS, MPH, MAppStat, PhD, FFPH, FPHMM, FAMM, FASc) is currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic & International) and Professor of Public Health (Epidemiology and Biostatistics Unit) in the University of Malaya. He teaches clinical epidemiology and medical statistics mainly to postgraduates and he currently carries out research in infectious diseases, modifiable chronic diseases and medical informatics. Prof Awg Bulgiba has been a consultant for several organisations and private companies. In addition, he continues to be an Associate Editor for the Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health, Editor for the Malaysian Orthopaedic Journal as well as an International Advisory Board member for the Journal of Experimental & Clinical Medicine. He is also an ad hoc statistical reviewer for numerous medical journals and continues to be a resource person in scientific writing. He currently sits on the National Specialist Register (Public Health), Research Committee of the Malaysian Health Promotion Board, Project Monitoring Team for the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, HICoE (Service Thrust) Committee for the Ministry of Higher Education as well as several other committees within and outside the University of Malaya. Prof Awg Bulgiba has been an external examiner and assessor for several universities, was the founding Head of the Julius Centre UM (2008-2012), Chair for the University of Malaya Wellness Programme (2007-2009) and the Malaysian coordinator for the Asia-Europe CE & EBM Programme (2007-2010).


In 2008, Prof Awg Bulgiba was the Organising Chair for the 40th Asia-Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health (APACPH) Conference in Kuala Lumpur (7-9 Nov 2008) which was organised in a record 10 weeks from inception to actual conference. He was also the Organising Chair for the 1st Asia Pacific Clinical Epidemiology and Evidence-Based Conference (6-8 July 2012) and was recently elected as President of APACPH KL, an NGO dedicated to public health. Prof Awg Bulgiba has published more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and has been Principal Investigator for a number of research projects, one of which is the RM3.3 million (US$800,000) Spatio-Temporal Modelling and Meta-analysis (STeMM) Project, awarded under the MOHE-UM High Impact Research Grant Programme. He has supervised to completion more than 30 postgraduates in public health and continues to supervise doctoral students from UM and other universities. In 2010, in recognition of his contributions to public health, Prof Awg Bulgiba was made a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health, Royal College of Physicians, UK (FFPH by distinction), one of only a handful of fellows from South-East Asia. He was made a Fellow of Public Health Medicine Malaysia (FPHMM) by the Malaysian Public Health Physicians Association in 2012. In 2013, Prof Awg Bulgiba was made Fellow of the Academy of Medicine Malaysia (FAMM) and Fellow of the Academy of Science Malaysia (FASc) becoming the first public health physician in Malaysia to simultaneously hold these four fellowships. He was awarded the Ma’al Hijrah Award for Outstanding Achievements in Research and Development by the Sarawak State Government in 2013.