Dr. Simon Kasasa (PhD, University of Basel, Switzerland)

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My brief biography

Dr. Kasasa is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics at the School of Public Health, Makerere University. He holds a PhD from the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, University of Basel, Switzerland, M.Sc. Epidemiology and Bio-statistics from Case Western Reserve University, USA and a Bachelors degree in Statistics and applied Economics from Makerere University.

His PhD focused on Bayesian modeling and mapping mortality of malaria transmission intensity using two health demographic surveillance sites data in Africa. His research areas include: HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Pneumonia, TB and health systems. He is an Epidemiologist on the on-going national TB prevalence survey and mapping HIV high-risk places in Uganda (PLACE); an Epidemiologist on the on-going Cross-Border Health Integrated Partnership Project (CB-HIPP) within East Africa and spatial statistician at the Supporting Policy Engagement for Evidence-Based Decisions (SPEED) project.

He is also involved in supervision of 2 PhD students currently in University of Basel under the Modelling spatial-temporal dynamics of malaria and mortality project (R4D). He is involved in teaching including students’ supervision and research activities at the School of Public Health and the entire College of Health Sciences, Makerere University. He is also the Field Coordinator for the Masters of Public Health (Distance Education) program.

He is a member of the Higher Degrees, Research and Ethics committee and a board member of the Makerere University Lung Institute.