Makerere University Community Health Sciences

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Makerere University Department of Community Health and Behavioural Sciences

Makerere University Community Health Sciences – Read details below:

Key Roles and Responsibilities

The CORE responsibilities of staff in the department are TEACHING, RESEARCH and Community Services in the following domains;

1) Sexual and Reproductive Health (maternal, new-born, child and adolescent health)

2) Public Health Nutrition including nutrition in emergencies

3) Disaster management including (disaster risk management and risk reduction)

4) Social sciences application in health and qualitative research methods and

5) Health promotion.

Academic Programmes in the Department

The Department hosts two graduate programmes;

1) Master of Public Health Nutrition (MPHN). The academic coordinator is Dr Henry Wamani. The field Coordinator is Dr David Lubogo.

The MPHN trains public health practitioner in public health nutrition.

2) The Master of Public Health Disaster Management (MPHDM). The academic coordinator is Dr Justine Bukenya. The Field Coordinator is Mr Saul Kamukama.

The MPHDM trains practitioners in the field of public health disaster risk reduction and risk management.

Short Courses Conducted by the Department

The Department conducts the following short professional courses;

1) Public Health in Complex Emergencies (PHCE)

This short course targets front-line emergency responders, emergency programme administrators and policymakers as well as district officials working in emergency settings. The course is conducted annually and whenever it is requested by any organizations.

2) Advanced Qualitative Research Methods for Health Sciences (AQRMHS)

This short course targets health scientists, graduate students and PhD as well as researchers working at research institutions and with programmes. The course is conducted annually and whenever it is requested by any organizations.

3) Nutrition in Emergencies (NIE)

This short course targets front-line emergency responders, personnel providing nutrition services, emergency programme administrators and policy makers as well as district officials working in emergency settings. The course is conducted periodically and whenever it is requested by any organizations.

Academic Staff in the Department

1) Prof Dr Christopher Garimoi Orach MBChB, DPH, MMedPH, MPH, PhD. Chair of the Department and Deputy Dean of the School of Public Health. Areas of expertise include sexual and reproductive health including maternal health; disaster risk management and refugee health care and health services organization in emergencies.

2) Associate Prof. Lynn Atuyambe, BA (SS), MPH, Ph.D. Areas of expertise include Social and behavioural Sciences, Adolescent health. Qualitative research methods, disaster risk management.

3) Juliet Kiguli, BA, PGDE, MA, PhD. Senior Lecturer. Areas of expertise include Science Sciences, Qualitative research methods, and gender and health.

4) Dr Henry Wamani MBChB, MPhil, PhD. Lecturer. Areas of expertise Public Health nutrition.

5) Dr Elizabeth Nabiwemba, MBChB, MMed-PH, PhD. Lecturer. Areas of expertise maternal new-born, child health and health promotion.

6) Dr Christine Nalwadda BDS, MPH, PhD. Lecturer. Areas of expertise maternal and neonatal health.

7) Dr Justine Bukenya MBChB, MPH, PhD Candidate. Lecturer.  Areas of teaching and research include maternal health, adolescent health and disaster risk management.

8) Dr David Lubogo MBChB, MPH, PhD Candidate. Lecturer. Areas of teaching and research include public health nutrition and maternal health.

9) Simon Peter Kibira BA, MSc, PhD. Assistant Lecturer. Areas of teaching and research include: social and behavioural sciences, qualitative research methodology, reproductive health, health promotion, and behaviour change communication, gender and health.

10) Mr Saul Samukama BFST, MPH, Assistant Lecturer. Area of teaching and research is public health nutrition and disaster management.

11) Dr Phyllis Awor MBChB, MPhil, PhD. Research Fellow. Areas of expertise maternal health.

12) Dr Richard Mangwi MBChB, MPH, PhD. Research Fellow. Areas of expertise, maternal health, neonatal health and disaster risk management.

13)  Ms Florence Tushemeirerwe BFST, MPHN, PhD Candidate. Research Associate. Areas of teaching and research include public health nutrition and maternal nutrition.

14) Mr Richard Kajjura BBLT, MSc AHN, PhD Candidate. Research Associate. Areas of teaching and research include public health nutrition and maternal nutrition.

15) Mr Henry Komakech, BA, MPH, PhD Candidate. Research Associate. Areas of teaching and research include social science, qualitative research methods and disaster risk management.

16) Ms Agnes Ngabirambo BScN, MPH. Research Associate. Areas of teaching and research include maternal, adolescent and neonatal health.

17) Dr Athur Bagonza BVM, MPH. Research Associate. Areas of teaching include public health nutrition.

18) Harriet Aber BFPT, MPHN. Research Associate. Areas of teaching and research include public health nutrition and disaster risk management.

Honorary Lecturers in the Department

19) Joseph Matovu BA, MA, PhD. Honorary Lecturer. Areas of expertise include Science Sciences, qualitative research methods, and HIV epidemiology.

20) Dr Anthony Mbonye MBChB, MPH, PhD. Honorary Professor. Areas of expertise maternal and child health and health policy.

Departmental Administrators 

The Chair is Prof Dr Christopher Garimoi Orach MBChB, DPH, MMedPH, MPH, PhD.

The Departmental Administrator is Hanifah N.  Bukirwa BBC, MPAM.

Key Research Projects in the Department of Community Health and Behavioural Sciences

1) Partners enhancing resilience to populations exposed to emergencies (Periperi U) – is a collaborative research project with 12 African Universities. Its aim is to develop capacity in disaster risk management and reduction in Africa – Principal Investigator (PI), Prof Christopher Garimoi Orach.

2) Strengthening Education and Training in Sexual and Reproductive Health (SET – SRHR) a collaborative research project with 4 partners including Makerere University School of Public Health and Nsamizi Institute of Social Development and the Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University and Rutgers- Holland. It aims to strengthen capacity in training and education in sexual and reproductive health and rights. – PI, Prof Christopher Garimoi Orach.

3) Forecast for Anticipatory Humanitarian Action (FATHUM). It aims to assess the impacts of forecast based financing on mitigating impacts of flooding in eastern Uganda. It`s is a multicounty study in Mozambique, South Africa and Uganda – PI, Prof Christopher Garimoi Orach.

4) Public Health Nutrition Surveillance Research

Makerere University School of Public Health is collaborating with UNICEF to undertake periodic operational baseline researchers to assess the nutritional status of children in refugee-affected districts in Uganda. – PI, Dr Henry Wamani.

5) The Eastern Africa GEOHealth Hub for research and training

A multicounty research to measure air pollution being carried out in Uganda, Rwanda and Ethiopia. – PI, Associate Prof Lynn Atuyambe.

6) Research to prevent malnutrition in rural Uganda

An integrated model to prevent malnutrition in rural Uganda – focussing on fortifying locally available foods to prevent malnutrition among mothers and children below 2 years in a thousand days critical window of opportunity. – PI, Ms Florence Tushemerirwe.

7)     Social Innovation Research for Maternal and Child Health

A collaborative research to innovate social innovation towards addressing maternal and child health is being supported by World Health Organization. – PI, Dr Phyllis Awor.

8) Community Access to Rectal Artesunate for Malaria (CARAMAL)

The project aims to investigate community access rectal artesunate antimalarial management. PI, Dr Phyllis Awor.

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