Public health promotion and gender specialist Olagoke Akintola, a senior lecturer in the health promotion program, School of Applied Human Sciences, University of KwaZuluNatal, Durban, South Africa, is a visiting professor in the Program in Policy Decision-making (PPD).
Akintola’s principal research interest is in health systems development at the primary care level with a specific focus on community health care work and the economics of community/home-based care.
His other research interests, located at the intersections of gender, health, and development, include community participation in health promotion and development programs, workplace health programs, youth sexual risk behaviour, migration, and the implications for health, social and economic policy. Akintola’s current projects are in the areas of career development, capacity building and job creation for community health care workers in the context of HIV/AIDS and the implications for economic and health policy. He was recently elected to the board of directors of the International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE).
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in zoology and a Master of Business Administration degree (finance and marketing) from the University of Ilorin, Nigeria; a Master of Public Health Degree in health promotion and education from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and a PhD (gender and health) from the University of KwaZuluNatal.
He received a Forgarty Fellowship in Survey Research Methods at the Institute for Social Research, Population Studies Center, University of Michigan and a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of KwaZuluNatal. He also received the Mellon Award for Young Scholars and an Award for Meritorious Performance from the University of KwaZuluNatal.
PhD program welcomes doctoral student from Makerere University
André Zida, Chief of the Department of National Health Accounts and Health Financing, Ministry of Health, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and a doctoral student at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, is spending the winter at CHEPA as a visiting doctoral student in the Health Policy PhD program. He will return to campus in September for an additional three months.