Dr. Ibitola O. FAWOLE


Personal Statement

I am Olufunmilayo I. Fawole.  I am a Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Epidemiology and Medical Statistics, Public Health, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan. I  the current Dean of the Faculty of Public health and the immediate past head of Department of Epidemiology and Medical Statistics, College of Medicine, Ibadan, Nigeria. I am also an honorary consultant with the University College Hospital, Ibadan. I am a Fellow of both the Nigerian and West African College of Medicine in Public Health (FMCPH) and (FWACP). I have a Masters (MSc-MMed) degree in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa and is a Fellow of South African Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (SAFRI/SA-FAIMER).  I also have a Certificate in Clinical Epidemiology from the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

I completed my residency training as a Community Physician at the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, University College Hospital, Ibadan in 1996 and was appointed as a lecturer in the same year. I rose through the ranks and became a professor in 2009.  I was the Acting Head of Department of Epidemiology, Medical statistics and Enviromental Health from 2009 to 2011.  During this period we conducted a curriculum review of all post graduate programmes in the Department, obtained senate approval to commence a Master Programme in Clinical Epidemiology, created the Department of Enviromental Health Sciences from the existing department, and obtained more academic positions for both Departments. Later I went on sabbatical leave with the African Field Epidemiology Network to train field epidemiologist for the federation with Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program, Abuja, Nigeria.I also have vast field experience in Disease Notification and Surveillance, including Routine and Supplemental Immunisation activities within the country.  This was obtained when I worked as a State Coordinator with the World Health Organization, Nigeria. During my second headship (2014-2016) I promoted staff welfare.  I refurbished and furnished all staff offices and fostered harmony and team spirit in the Department.

I have keen research interest. I have worked on research projects on prevention of Gender based violence, STIs/HIV/AIDS and on Malaria.  I am a recipient of several awards, including grants from University of Ibadan Senate Research grant, University of Witwatersrand Post graduate merit scholarship, University of Kwa Zulu natal research grant,  UNIFEM, British Council-DFID, World AIDS Foundation, ACSI-CCCD and World Health Organization (HRP, TDR and MIM) to mention a few. I have published in both local and international journals and has over 100 publications till date. I am a reviewer to several international journals and associate editor to a few.

I am a technical consultant, to Federal Ministry of Health and its implementing partners. I have been a trainer at several maternal and child health programmes. I was one of the Experts at the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH)/WHO Health Research prioritization Workshop on setting up research agenda on Identification of Maternal Newborn and Child Health and also for HIV control for the country. I was a member of the Joint University/Hospital Institutional Ethics Committee from 2007-2013. I serve as external examiner to the Community Medicine departments of many Universities in the country.

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