Dr. Robert Akparibo


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Robert joined the Section of Public Health of ScHARR in 2007, as a student of the Masters of Public Health programme. After successfully completing the MPH programme in 2008 he proceeded to the University of Copenhagen (Denmark) to study another masters course in advance quantitative methods in public health assessment (Epidemiology & Biostatistics). The European Commission, under the Erasmus Mundus Masters of European Public Health programme, funded both degree programmes.

Robert returned to the UK in 2009 to start his PhD in Public Health in ScHARR. His PhD project was a realist evaluation of the effectiveness of community-based interventions to combat childhood malnutrition in Ghana. He successfully obtained his PhD in January 2014 and subsequently was employed as a University Teacher in Public Health, with the responsibility to develop the new MSc International Health management and leadership. Robert is currently the Deputy Course Director for the Masters of Public Health and Health Service Research, as well as the Deputy Course director for the MPH in Leading and Managing Health Services. He was also Co-director of the Masters of European Public Health, working with Professor Paul Bissell, until August 2015.

Prior to joining ScHARR Robert has carried out development work for 6 years, in top management positions, with various Governmental and Non-Governmental Organizations in West Africa.  These include Ghana with the Ghana Health Service and the Association of Faith Based Development Programme (ACDEP), Senegal with the Family Health International and Burkina Faso with Helen Keller International. He also worked with the United Nations Child Fund (UNICEF) in Ghana and the World Health Organization (WHO) in Denmark.

Research Interests

Robert’s research interests are in the areas of maternal and child health and nutrition, health management and systems. He has expertise in mixed methods programme evaluation, realist evaluation and evidence synthesis, as well as systematic reviews.

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