PROFILE OF PROFESSOR JOHN GYAPONG
Professor John Gyapong is a Public Health Physician and an Epidemiologist. He is the Vice Chancellor of the University of Health and Allied Sciences. Prior to this, he was for five years, the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research Innovation and Development and Professor in Epidemiology and Disease Control at the University of Ghana. He is also an Adjunct Professor of International Health at the Georgetown University in Washington.
He had his medical education at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana, and later pursued a Master of Science in Public Health in Developing Countries, and a PhD in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London.
He practised as a doctor in many parts of Ghana including Kumasi, Navrongo, Dormaa Ahenkro and Bawku. He was the Director of Research and Development of the Ghana Health Services for 12 years where he was responsible for health systems and implementation research. He established and managed the Ghana Neglected Diseases Control Programme for 8years.
Professor Gyapong’s main area of research is infectious disease epidemiology, especially neglected tropical diseases. He has served as chair/member of several World Health Organisation and other international and local scientific committees.
He has over 120 publications in peer-reviewed journals. He is a fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene; and a Member of the Ghana Medical Association.