PROFESSOR. OKWUOMA C. ABANOBI,
PhD; M.P.H.; B. A. (Cum Laude) KSC.
Prof. Abanobi lectures in the Department of Public Health Technology, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Nigeria. He is the author of several books including; External Factors in the Organization and Delivery of Health Care Services; Diabetes Mellitus Related Diseases and Risk Factors; Diseases of Abnormal Proliferation of Cells-A Basic Cancer text for Health Science Students; Quantitative Techniques in Public Health and Community Medicine; Guidelines for Project Reports, Theses, & Dissertations; Research Methods in Health and Social Sciences; and Analytic Epidemiology: A Primer for Public Health and Community Medicine Students.
He has published extensively in national and international journals in such areas of research as prevention and control of a variety of human diseases, health manpower, utilization of health care services, compliance behaviour, etc.
Prof. Okwuoma Abanobi holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Public Health and Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree in Public Health, both of the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA. He also has a baccalaureate degree (Cum Laude) from St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota. He teaches undergraduate and post-graduate courses in Epidemiology, Community/Public Health, Health and Human Behavior, Quantitative Techniques in Public Health, Research Methods, Public Health Proposal and Report Writing, Epidemiology of Infectious and Nosocomial Diseases, Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases and Injuries, Organization and Delivery of Health Services, Health Planning and Evaluation. He has taught in various universities including the School of Public Health of the University of Minnesota, Towson State University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, the Abia State University, Uturu, the Imo State University, Owerri and the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO). He was the pioneer Head of Department of Public Health, FUTO, and served as the Dean of the School of Health Technology, from 2007 to 2012.
Prof. O. C. Abanobi is a consultant to Governments and non-governmental organizations on various aspects of public health care services. He had served as the National Director, Diabetes Foundation, Nigeria, and as Project Coordinator of River Blindness Foundation’s Statewide Ivermectin Delivery Program to control Onchocerciasis in Imo and the Abia States. Prof. Abanobi has also served as the National Technical Adviser to Polioplus, Nigeria, and as a member of the Federal Ministry of Health’s Inter-Ministerial Committee on the National Program on Immunization.
He is associated with many scholarly journals as Editor-in-Chief:
- African Journal of Medical Physics, Biomedical Engineering & Technology (2012 – present)
- Journal of Health and Medical Services (1996 – 2002)
- Journal of Health Science and Technology (2010-2012)
- Annals of Academy of Public Health (2012 – present)
And as a Member of Review Board of the following scholarly Journals
- International Journal of Tropical Disease and Health
- International Journal of Public Health and Epidemiology
- Journal of Environmental Health
- West African Journal of Industrial and Academic Research
Prof. Okwuoma Abanobi is a member of a number of professional bodies and learned societies, including:
- Association for Public Health Teaching, Research and Service
- Nigerian Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Technology (Fellow)
- Public Health Consortium
- The Institute of Public Health of Nigeria (Epidemiology/Disease Control and Health Promotion sections)
- Society for Environmental Health, Nigeria (Fellow)
- Health Reform Foundation of Nigeria (HEFRON)
- Institute of Industrial Administrators (Fellow)
- American Public Health Association (Epidemiology and Health Administration Sections).
- Rotary International (Classification: Epidemiology-Community Medicine)
- Nigerian Society for Parasitology and Public Health.
- Health Promotion Research Association of Nigeria (HEPRAN)
- Institute for Global Resource Management (Fellow)
Some of Prof. Abanobi’s ongoing and completed research activities are listed below:
- Case-Control Studies of Risk Factors in Co-morbidity of HIV and Vulvo-vaginal candidiasis
- Studies of Relationship of Patterns of disease morbidity and work productivity – HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Diabetes Mellitus, Hypertension
- Studies of Factors Associated with patterns of self-monitoring of glycemia levels among Type 2 Diabetics
- Studies on Stress and pregnancy outcomes
- Studies on Malaria Morbidity and pregnancy outcomes
- Epidemiological Studies of Low Back Pain morbidity;
- Studies of Residential Propinquity to Centers of Oil Mineral Producing activities as a risk factor in the development of Cataract
- Study of the Market for Masters-prepared Health Education Specialists. Public Health Manpower Studies:
- Endemicity Studies of Onchocerciasis and Evaluation of Ivermectin Treatment Coverage in the Imo River Basin;
- Rapid Epidemiological Mapping of Onchocerciasis in Imo, Anambra and Abia States
- Community-based Endemicity Studies of Non-insulin-dependent diabetes Mellitus (NIDDM);
- Seroprevalence study of Hepatitis-C virus (HCV) infection and Human Immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection co-morbidity in high-risk populations;
- Cross-Validation of Visual Inspection with Acetic Acid (VIA) vis-a-vis Papanicolaou Test in Cervical Cancer Screening.
- Studies of Tuberculosis Treatment Default;
- Studies of Frequent urination as a rapid indicator of risk of Non-Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (NIDDM) in non-literate rural population of Imo State, Nigeria.
- Studies of Correlates of Pregnancy-induced Hypertension Morbidity.
- Epidemiological Studies of childhood diarrheal morbidity;
- Epidemiological Studies of Patterns of Malarial Morbidity
- Rapid Assessment Studies of Endemicity of Human Onchocerciasis in several communities along the Imo River basin;
- Study of Effects of Ginger (Zingiber officinale) on Cadmium Toxicity
- Public Health Studies of Water Quality
- Community-based Studies of Intestinal Helminthiasis
- Epidemiological Studies on Carcinoma of Breast in Abia, Anambra, Enugu and Imo States of Nigeria
- Onchocercal Nodules: Prevalence and the Practice of Lay Nodulectomy in Mballa, Isuochi, Abia State, Nigeria
- Assessment studies of various Community-based Disease Screening Technologies for Onchocerciasis