The School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences hosts visiting professor from UHCL

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Dr. Dawit Woldu, Assistant Professor of Medical Anthropology and Public Health, in the college of Human Sciences and Humanities at the University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL), Houston Texas.Photo Courtesy

By SPHS

USIU-Africa is privileged to host Dr. Dawit Woldu as a visiting professor of Public Health in the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Dr. Woldu is Assistant Professor of Medical Anthropology and Public Health, in the college of Human Sciences and Humanities at the University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL), Houston Texas and is also professor of Cross-cultural and Global Studies at the same University.

He will be attached to the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences for the summer of 2019 and will work with faculty in the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences to initiate new research projects and help mentor health sciences students. Dr. Woldu will teach Research Methods and Biostatics with Professor Ermias Mergia Terefe to fourth year Pharmacy major students. He will also collaborate with faculty at the school to develop and revise existing courses and programs during his stay.

Dr. Woldu holds a Ph.D in Medical Anthropology and Graduate certificate in Public Health from the University of Florida, in Gainesville. His dissertation field work focused on the social and ecological determinants of malaria in Mwea Division in Central Kenya. Dr. Woldu conducted postdoctoral work at Ohio University on Substance abuse and HIV/AIDS risk in Korogocho, Nairobi. He is the lead faculty for the USIU-Africa-UHCL collaborative initiative which led to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two universities that will focus on faculty exchange, establishment of joint institutes focusing on professional development in Africa, and student exchange programs. His areas of research are social and behavioral determinants of infectious diseases in East Africa, particularly Kenya. He is passionate about conducting research on infectious diseases and finding ways to mitigate this health problem both at the scientific and policy levels. Dr. Woldu has published a book and several peer reviewed journal articles on infectious diseases, human rights and health, and substance abuse on Africa and African diaspora.

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