Research & Community Engagement

The University of Utah is engaged with research and community partners to advance public health and scholarly output in Ghana, the broader African region, and around the globe.
The Ensign campus in Ghana is an ideal location to study global health, pursue research in sub-Saharan Africa, and to participate in a variety of health and development programs aimed at achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

Health 2 Go

is a community health worker program focused on the integrated management of childhood illness in rural and hard to reach communities. Local community-based agents are trained to deliver home-based home-based prevention, nutrition, early care-seeking and can treat common and deadly childhood illnesses such as malaria, diarrhoea, and pneumonia. For more information contact country director, Dr Stephen Manortey.

The Center for Global Surgery

has a presence at Ensign that includes hosting of global surgery fellows and joint research with Volta River Authority Healthcare and other health organizations in Ghana. The Center of Global Surgery focuses on treating surgery as a public health issue and includes research into quality improvement and affordability of essential surgery in resource-poor settings. For more information contact Ghana country director, Dr Edward Sutherland or visit https://medicine.utah.edu/globalsurgery/

Poster session at 2018 Extreme Affordability Conference in Ghana

The WASH (Water Sanitation and Hygiene) Academy

is positioned to provide a world-class forum for the transfer of WASH scholarship from “Concept to Community.” WASH challenges in Ghana and West Africa are being evaluated and confronted by a number of governmental, academic and civil society organizations. Through the WASH Academy, we hope to leverage strengths and overcome barriers faced in our collective efforts to achieve SDG 6 by 2030 by providing a platform for research and innovation as well as continuing education for the WASH sector. For more information contact Dr Scott Benson.

Medical Elective in Public Health

– Continuing education is a key service at the Ensign campus. Faculty from KNUST (Kwame Nkrumah University of Public Health) and the University of Utah offered its first elective in public health geared towards medical students. The continuing education course entailed a four-week intensive course focused on producing high-quality dissertations among 5th-year medical students. The inaugural course focused on literature review, statistical skills, academic writing, public health essentials and community engagement.

Inaugural Medical Elective in Public Health