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Episode #97 Student Research: Obesity in Sub-Saharan Africa



This episode features an interview with Ifeoma Ozodiegwu, a member of the APHA Epidemiology section, and recent graduate of the DrPH program at East Tennessee State University (ETSU). She joins us to discuss her student research of obesity in Sub-Saharan Africa.



Ifeoma Ozodiegwu graduated with a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) in Epidemiology

Candidate at East Tennessee University (ETSU) in May 2019. She is a 2018/2019 Rotary

District 7570 Skelton Scholar. Her doctoral research focuses on maternal and child health,

specifically, on the distribution, determinants and consequences of female overweight and obesity in Sub-Saharan Africa.


Her research work has won a number of awards such as:

  • 2019 Appalachian Student Research Forum First Place Award for Best Oral Presentation in Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Delta Omega Award at the 2018 American Public Health Association Conference

  • Rotary Global Grant through the Rotary District 7570 Skelton Scholar Program

  • 2017 Inaugural ETSU Sherrod Graduate Student Scholarship Award for Excellence in Research.


Prior to joining to the Doctor of Public Health program at ETSU, Dr. Ozodiegwu served as a Consultant with RTI International and the public sector to strengthen public health and education infrastructure in

Nigeria. Notably, she collaborated with local stakeholders to win a state government grant used

to build up mini-science labs in public primary schools. Additionally, she led a needs assessment

of monitoring and evaluation infrastructure for Neglected Tropical Diseases in five Nigerian

states and developed a staff training program that generated measurable improvements in staff productivity and skills. Dr. Ozodiegwu also possesses a Masters of Public Health degree and a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Biochemistry.


In her spare time, she likes to play tennis and cook for friends and family.


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