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Health in Africa Working Group

At the Center for African Studies, research and teaching on health in Africa integrates global health, public health, politics, and culture. The purpose of the Health in Africa (HIA) Working Group is to serve as a forum for interdisciplinary discovery, debate, and as an incubator for research development that crosses disciplines and has relevance to global population needs. HIA meetings have welcomed scholars from fields as diverse as microbiology, epidemiology, anthropology, the humanities, and gender studies to bring new perspectives to bear on complex health problems that include: gender violence, mental health, disease, morbidity, mortality, maternal and infant health, nutrition, disasters, violence, displacement, and healthcare delivery. Our regular meetings have established the Health in Africa Working Group as an important meeting-place for faculty and students interested in health in Africa, and aims to be a space for mentoring graduate research, promoting independent and collaborative investigation and policy innovation.

Coordinators: Alyson Young (


Current Programs: 2014 – 2015

  • Oct 19: Florida Summit on Health in Africa: Health and Illness in Africa and Health Systems in Africa University of Florida. 8:30 in University Auditorium
  • Sept. 22Fighting Malaria from Gainesville: The Great Potential for a UF Malaria Research Collaborative. Dr. Paul Psychas, UF Dept. Community Health & Family Medicine / Emerging Pathogens Institute. 11:45 in 471 GRINTER HALL
  • October 27: Ebola 2014: Experiences from Guinea. Dr. Frank Seidel, University of Florida. 11:45 in 471 GRINTER HALL

Previous Programs:

Affiliated Faculty

  • Alyson Young, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology
  • Richard Rheingans, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental & Global Health and the Center for African Studies
  • Sarah Lindley McKune, Clinical Assistant Professor of Epidemiology & Director of the Masters in Public Health and Certificate Programs’
  • Marit Østebo, Assistant Professor, Center for African Studies

Courses on Health in Africa


Bob Graham Center: West Afican Ebola Epidemic Panel Discussion

To subscribe to the UF Health in Africa email list, send an email to with the subject line: subscribe (UFHIAWG) (your first name) (your last name) e.g. subscribe UFHIAWG-L Jane Doe




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