Eta E. Ashu, PhD.


Country Director, Canada

Eta E. Ashu, PhD.

Dr. Ashu is an epidemiologist with over seven years of academic and practical experience in health research and disease control. His research interest includes molecular epidemiology, infectious disease control, MCH promotion and delivery, program/policy development, implementation and evaluation. He has led and published diverse applied epidemiological projects including a study evaluating the impact of PCV-13 introduction, a vaccine that protects children from pneumococcal diseases.  His public health background is so broad that he has published in diverse professional journal including Infection Genetics and Evolution, Mycoses, International Journal of MCH and AIDS, Infection and Immunity etc. He is one of the first graduands of the Global Health and Education Project (GHEP) internship program and also serves as an international mentor for the International Journal of MCH and AIDS.  He is the acting country coordinator for GHEP Canada and advises the board of directors of Prevent Blindness International. He is a member of the Association of Public Health Epidemiologist in Ontario, Canadian Coalition for Global Health and the International Society for Infectious Diseases.

Eta has been the recipient of numerous awards, most recently, the McMaster SGS Grant in Aid of Research. He is a junior editor of the International Journal of MCH and AIDS, a multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal that focuses on the determinants of health and disease in women and their children around the world, especially in developing countries. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Buea, Cameroon. Eta then pursued his education at the Universities of Sodertorns and Skovde in Sweden, where he obtained two separate master’s degrees, one in Infectious Disease Control and the other in Molecular Biology. He holds a doctorate in Molecular Epidemiology (Biology) from McMaster University, Canada. In addition to numerous short public health courses, he holds a certificate in Public Health Management.

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