Chronic Consequences of Trauma, Injuries, & Disability in Uganda – a new track on the Master of Public Health (MPH) program.
Makerere University School of Public Health and Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHU), USA were recently awarded an NIH training grant for Trauma, Injuries and Disability (TRIAD). The overall goal of the grant is to strengthen research capacity on the long term health and economic consequences of trauma, injuries and disability across the lifespan in Uganda. Under the grant, a new track will be introduced in the Master of Public Health (MPH) program. The new track has the following aims:
- To develop a core group of researchers focused on chronic consequences of trauma, injuries and disability at Makerere University;
- To promote research around key national priorities for chronic consequences of trauma, injuries and disability in Uganda;
- To establish a national forum on the chronic consequences of trauma, injuries and disability in Uganda; and
- To create a center for research on the lifelong impact of trauma, injuries and disability at MU School of Public Health (MU).
A multi-disciplinary team of faculty and subject experts is being put together to participate in lecturing, supervising, and mentoring students. The MPH students who select this track will undertake research, and write their dissertations in this area. In addition to the MPH, we shall be offering short courses; a 3-day basic course, and a 3-day to 1-week advanced course in Trauma, Injuries, & Disabilities, each once a year, over the next 5 years.
Relevant disciplines and sectors include but are not limited to Injury epidemiology, Traumatology, Mental Health, Gender & Women studies, Law and Law enforcement (e.g. Traffic safety, Violence & its prevention), Urban & Transportation planning, Occupational Safety, Sports & Recreational safety, Disability, & Education.
Who is associated with this grant at Makerere University SPH?
- Olive Kobusingye, M.Med(Surg), MPHis a Research Fellow at both Makerere University School of Public Health, and the Institute for Social and Health Sciences, University of South Africa. Olive’s research interests include injury surveillance, emergency trauma care, injury severity measurement, and road safety. She has authored more than 30 papers and book chapters on injury surveillance systems, improving emergency trauma care, injuries and violence, and road safety in low-income countries, especially Africa. She is the deputy Chair of the Road Traffic Injuries Research Network (RTIRN), and serves on the Core Advisory Group of the World Bank’s Global Road Safety Facility.
Core faculty at MUSPH include the following:
- Lynn Atuyambe, MPH PhD the managing facilitator for an international course entitled Public Health in Complex Emergencies run annually by the School of Public Health together with International rescue Committee, World Education Inc. USA. He obtained his PhD from Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden and Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. He teaches on undergraduate and graduate programs, and has supervised MPH students at MakSPH.
- David Guwatudde B.Stat., MSc., PhD is Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Deputy Dean of MakSPH. He obtained his Msc in social statistics from the University of Southampton, UK, and his PhD from the Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. He teaches biostatistics, statistical analysis techniques, and research methodology. Between 2005 and 2009 he was the program director for the MPH distance education program, and Epidemiology & Biostatistics department head.
- Nazarius Mbona Tumwesigye MSc (Med stats), MA (Demo), PhD is a Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology & Biostatistics at MakSPH, where he teaches biostatistics, study design, and data management and analysis. He has personally supervised more than 30 masters’ students, and is supervising PhD students as well. He is a member of the WHO reference group on alcohol epidemiology, a field in which he had special expertise.
- William Bazeyo, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med is Dean, Makerere University School of Public Health and a Member of the Steering Committee for the Uganda National Health Research Organization (UNHRO). Dr. Bazeyo has considerable experience in research and research collaboration, and has participated in various grants as PI (WHO, IDRC, World Bank, UNAIDS, WFP, UNICEF), particularly in the fields of occupational health and safety, and health services research. He has overseen the initiation of several international research and training collaborations. His research interests include occupational health and safety.
And who is associated with this grant at JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health?
Adnan A. Hyder, MD, MPH, PhD is Associate Professor in the Department of International Health, JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Director of the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit: A WHO Collaborating Center for Injury and Violence Prevention (www.jhsph.edu/iiru). He is deputy director for the Health Systems program and has joint appointments in the Department of Health Policy & Management, and the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. Adnan is the PI of the Trauma, Injuries, and Disability grant.
Core faculty at JHU include the following:
- David Bishai, MD MPH PhD is Associate Professor in the Department of Population & Family Health Sciences, JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health, with a joint appointment in the Department of International Health and International Injury Research Unit. Dr. Bishai is an active emergency physician and health economist.
- Steve Wegener, PhD is Associate Professor and Director of Rehabilitation Psychology, JHU School of Medicine with a joint appointment in the Department of Health Policy & Management, JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health.
- Kent Stevens, MD MPH is Assistant Professor of Trauma Surgery, JHU School of Medicine and Associate Director for Trauma & Clinical Services for the International Injury Research Unit, with a joint appointment in the Department of International Health, JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health.
- Abdul Bachani, PhD MHS is Assistant Scientist, Health Systems Program, Department of International Health and Associate Director of Training & Capacity Development at the JH International Injury Research Unit. He has recently completed his doctoral work in Uganda on the measurement of disability using demographic surveillance systems and is currently managing a study to follow up 1,000 injured patients for their long term care and consequences on physical and social functioning and household wealth.
- Jacob Bentley is an Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Psychology in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. His research has focused on factors effecting psychosocial adjustment following physical and emotional trauma.
The Administration team for the Project includes the following:
- Grace Magambo, is the Administrator for the JHU-MUSPH Chronic TRIAD program, at Makerere University School of Public Health.