MEET OUR OUTSTANDING FACULTY MEMBERS & STAFF
Our faculty members are experienced in teaching, research and public health practice. We have five full time and several seasoned adjunct professors who have a strong commitment to teaching and mentoring. Meeting these esteemed faculty members is not just an expectation at Ensign College of Public Health—it is a reality. You will learn from and work with professors who are highly regarded experts in the public health field and they will get to know you. They are complemented by our excellent administrative team who maintain the highest standards of service.
NAME: Stephen C. Alder, PhD
A Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine and Chief of the Division of Public Health at the University of Utah, where he holds adjunct appointments in Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Health Promotion and Education. He is an affiliated faculty member with the Honors College, where he is the advisor for the Global Health Scholars program.
He also holds an adjunct appointment with the Department of Health Sciences at Brigham Young University and is affiliated with the Kwame Nkrumah University of Sciences and Technology through the School of Medical Sciences.
Dr. Alder started with the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine in 1995 as a founding member of the Health Research Center and has been active in various forms of clinical and population-based research since that time.
He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Environment and Behavior and Family Ecology, with emphases in statistics and research methods and a Doctor of Philosophy in Health Promotion and Education with a focus on Community Health in 2001.
Dr. Alder is President of the Association of Accredited Public Health Programs and a member of the Framing the Future Task Force, sponsored by the Association of Schools of Public Health, which is looking at academic public health over the next 100 years. Locally, he serves as a member of the Board of Health for the Salt Lake Valley Health Department. Dr.
NAME: Reuben K. Esena, PhD, Senior Lecturer
Reuben Kwasi Esena holds a PhD [Tropical Science] from the University of Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK. Before he joined the Ensign College of Public Health on September 01, 2018, Dr Reuben Esena taught at the University of Ghana School of Public Health as a Senior Lecturer in Health Systems and Health Leadership.
He was the Head of Department of Health Policy, Planning and Management where he served on the University Academic Board and was in the Working Group to plan the School of Public Health under the Collegiate System.
He was in the Committee to develop the Pan African Doctoral Program and a member of the Consortium for Health Policy and Systems Analysis for Africa. He belongs to African Association of Public Health Professionals and his Research interests in Public Health focus on Health Systems Strengthening, Community Education and Participation in Diseases Control Programs and also Quality Improvement in Health Care.
NAME: Stephen O. Manortey, PhD
Dr. Stephen Manortey is a full-time Lecturer at Ensign College of Public Health where he serves as the Head of the Biostatistics Unit. He had his educational training both in Ghana and the United States of America.
He holds an MSc (Statistics) from Brigham Young University and a PhD in Public Health from the University of Utah. He also holds a Graduate Certificate in Global Health from the University of Utah.
Dr. Manortey’s research and scholarly works focus on community engagement and evaluating the health needs of residents in rural settings. His works include using spatial analysis to assess factors that influence complete household enrollment into the National Health Insurance Scheme and also using standard verbal autopsy procedures to generate infant mortality data in selected rural communities in Ghana.
He currently serves as a Principal Investigator on a project dubbed “Health2Go” with the aim of establishing a fully operation model to understand the project’s impacts on the health of residents in selected “hard-to-reach” communities in the Lower Manya Krobo Municipality in the Eastern Region of Ghana.
NAME: Dr Edward Kofi Sutherland
Dr. Edward Kofi Sutherland is a medical practitioner and a full-time lecturer at the College. He graduated from a top medical university in the Russian Federation (I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University) on a full scholarship award and earned a degree in general medical practice. Dr. Sutherland has healthcare experience in Ghana and Russia and exposure to health systems in the U.K. and U.S.A. He earned his MPH in the maiden class of Ensign students.
Dr. Sutherland’s primary focus is on the study of the epidemiological transition trend from acute infectious diseases to chronic diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancers and HIV/AIDS in populations; particularly in developing countries and concurrently creating awareness through individual-centred and community-centred health literacy and communication.
He is also interested in factors influencing global and community health trends; the critique and understanding of health systems as well as the engineering of sustainable strategic partnerships between governments and non-governmental organizations towards the achievement of health equity.
He is passionate about evolving health technologies both diagnostic and curative and bridging the gaps of innovative medical scientific technologies and scientific knowledge between privileged populations and underserved populations.
He is the Medical Director at Ensign College of Public Health. Dr. Sutherland also serves as Site Director University of Utah Center for Global Surgery – West Africa, overseeing its activities in Ghana and West Africa.
He serves as Clinical Advisor for the “Health 2 Go” project in the Lower Manya Krobo Municipality in the Eastern Region of Ghana.
NAME: Sharon Talboys, PhD, MPH
Dr. Sharon Talboys is Academic Head and Assistant Professor of the Ensign College of Public Health and Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Utah, USA. She earned her doctoral degree in Public Health from the University of Utah in 2015, her MPH from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health in Behavioral Science/Health Education and the International Health track in 1997, and a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the State University of New York at Geneseo.
In her early career, Dr Talboys worked at the Utah Department of Health on topics such as preparedness and workforce development, maternal and child health, public health data infrastructure, and federal grants administration.
She served in leadership roles as the Department’s Training and Exercise Project Director and as Deputy Director of the Division of Family Health and Preparedness. More recently she served as Associate Director of the Office of Public Health Practice at the University of Utah and then as Assistant Professor of Public Health at Westminster College School of Nursing and Health Sciences.
Her research focuses on issues of global health importance such as gender equity and women’s mental health, demographic and health surveys, child nutrition, water and sanitation, and workforce development.
She enjoys survey and qualitative research methods and has conducted research in the U.S., India, Bolivia, and now in Ghana. She teaches courses in Global Health, Social and Behavioral Science, Health Policy and Administration, Program Planning and Evaluation, and Research Methods. Dr. Talboys has led global health learning abroad programs in India for both the University of Utah and Westminster College and was instrumental in the development of an Indo-US community-based research collaboration.
Her service on community boards includes the Great Basin Public Health Leadership Institute, the Utah Public Health Association, and UN Women – Utah Chapter (USNC). Dr Talboys is currently an executive member and elected officer of the Utah Public Health Association.
NAME: REUBEN K. AHWIRENG
Reuben is responsible for the day to day finance and operations of Ensign College of Public Health. He ensures that the various parts of campus operations work together coherently to make Ensign College function smoothly. He directs the work of the Finance and Accounting, Events and Hospitality, Facilities Management and Information and Communications Technology functions of the Institution. His work includes developing institutional and project budgets, financial models and providing management and financial reports on the operations of the campus. Some of his efforts are into developing the revenue-generating activities of the campus such as hospitality and events organizing. Reuben received his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Ghana Business School.
NAME: PATRICK KUMA
Patrick is the Academic Registrar and also the Human Resource Manager. As Head of Academic Registry, he coordinates and monitors the academic administration of the institution including; admissions, administration of academic records, examinations, certification, academic ceremonies and student support systems of the College. He also serves as the link between the institution and other sister institutions for affiliation, cooperation and accreditation purposes. As Head of Human Resource Division, he generally assists in the day-to-day administration of the College, interpreting the laws, rules and regulations affecting the conditions of service; advising on them and implementing matters concerning staff welfare, rights and privileges. Patrick earned his Master’s degree in Management and Administration from the University of Ghana.
NAME: STEPHEN AMAKYE
Stephen as the Lands and Facilities Manager is responsible for developing a system for cleaning, repair, and maintenance. he ensures that the College is in a good state of repair and appearance including all buildings and facilities, roads, pathways, grounds and gardens. He ensures that the facilities meet government regulations and environmental, health and security standards. Stephen has an electrical and civil technician engineering background, twenty-seven years working experience, with a commitment to excellence and an outstanding track record of success in the management of building facilities. He is a product of Ghana Secondary Technical SchooI. Takoradi, Takoradi Polytechnic, Accra Polytechnic and Olivetti Institute (Elea Italy)
NAME: FELIX ASEM
His work is focused on building and maintaining a contemporary Cyberinfrastructure, including servers, database, storage, network, voice, video, and data infrastructure, which effectively supports the research, education, and administration of Ensign College of Public Health. He earned his Master of Philosophy (MPhil.) in Information Systems Dynamics at the University of Bergen, Norway (1999). He is also a member of Information Technology Association of Ghana (ITAG).
NAME: RITA OSEI-GYAMERA
Her work is to help accomplish HR-related tasks by performing administrative duties relating to personnel functions and programs in the areas of employees recruitment, workers compensation and benefits, employee relations and policy drafting. She obtained her MBA (Human Resource Management) from the Australia Institute of Business, Australia.
NAME: EMMANUEL KWARTENG
He is responsible for planning, organizing, and managing bookstore activities of the College. He has first degree in Management Studies from the University of Cape Coast.
NAME: EDWARD SAM
Edward is responsible for most of the financial duties at the Ensign College of Public Health. He works closely with the Director of Finance and Operations. He obtained his BSc Accounting and Information Systems from Radford University College.
NAME: SAMUEL LUMOR
Samuel assists in planning, developing and implementation of academic policies, procedures and practices for student admissions, examinations, graduation, curricular requirements and records. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Biological Science from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi.
An Administrative Assistant and serves as the front desk staff. She receives visitors, answers
their enquiries and directs them to the appropriate offices. Tabitha provides student aid services and
assists the Academic Registry and the Human Resource unit in all Administrative duties. She graduated
from the University of Ghana with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration.
NAME: REBECCA AMETEPEY
Rebecca is responsible for the provision of health care to students, staff and clients of the Ensign College of Public Health. She is a Registered General Nurse (Diploma) from Ho Nursing Training, Ho