Office of International Programmes
The Office of International Programmes of the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) was established in 2015. Since then it has worked assiduously towards making UHAS the University of choice for research and global strategic partnerships that would produce the right calibre of young professionals to strengthen the health systems in Ghana and Africa. The creation of the Office of International Programmes (OIP) is in line with current thinking that globalization and international collaborations have become integral to higher education in the 21st century. The Office of International Programmes has, therefore, come to stay as an important educational arm of UHAS, serving as the bridge between the University and its international partners.
The Office of International Programmes at UHAS wishes you a hearty welcome. Situated in Ghana's beautiful Volta Region, UHAS is the only public university in Ghana solely focused on training health professionals and practitioners to meet the health needs of people both locally and globally.
OIP coordinates the affairs of our international clients — students, faculty, researchers, partners and projects. We stand as the face of the University in assisting you professionally and ethically by liaising between UHAS and our foreign clients.
For our local clients seeking prospects outside Ghana, we can provide you with all the necessary information on appropriate international destinations and opportunities. Your wellbeing and success are as important to us as they are to you. Be assured that we will support you on your way through!
For our international clients already with us, enjoy your stay in our beautiful homeland Ghana.
We look forward to working with prospective clients with the assurance that Ghana will be a beautiful home away from home.
OIP ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE
The Office of International Programmes is headed by a Dean of International Programmes, who is supported by an Assistant Registrar and a National Service person.
An advisory committee known as the International Programmes Committee, which has been set up by the University, meets regularly to discuss programmes and activities pertaining to the Office and to advise UHAS Management accordingly. Members of the Committee are:
|Dr. Kwabena Duedu||Chairman|
|Dr. Robert Kaba Alhassan||Representative, Office of International Programmes|
|Dr. Matilda Aberese-Ako||Representative, Institute of Health Research|
|Dr. Martin Ayanore||Representative, School of Public Health|
|Dr. Peter Adatara||Representative, School of Nursing and Midwifery|
|Mr. Francis Yankey||Representative, Registrary|
|Dr. Ama Edwin||Representative, School of Medicine|
|Dr. Seth Angmorterh||Representative, School of Allied Health Sciences|
|Ms. Rosemary Agbefu||Secretary|
We offer the following services:
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INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS SUPPORT DESK
OIP offers support to all international students to ensure their smooth transition into their new environment.
The Office is located on the ground floor of the Library Block adjacent to the Chief Information Technology Officer's office at the UHAS Main Campus in Sokode-Lokoe. You can reach us via:
Telephone: +233 302-905008
Office of International Programmes
University of Health and Allied Sciences
PMB 31, Ho
Volta Region, Ghana
Many students around the world, particularly in the West Africa sub-region, have found UHAS to be their university of choice. There are currently nine international students enrolled in various programmes at UHAS:
|Mr. Abdul Fatai Kolawole Barkre||SAHS||Medical Imaging/PhD||Nigerian|
|Mr. Mulbah Jackson Koita||SAHS||Diagnostic Imaging/L100||Liberian|
|Mr. Nwaizugbe Onyenyegurun Festus||SoM||MB ChB/L400||Nigerian|
|Mr. Nwogbo Chibuike David||SoM||MB ChB/L300||Nigerian|
|Ms. Ngozi Blessing||SoNAM||Nursing/L400||Nigerian|
|Ms. Okonkwo Chinenye Ifunanya||SoNAM||Nursing/L400||Nigerian|
|Ms. Sunday Eberechi||SoNAM||Nursing/L400||Nigerian|
|Ms. Victoria Njideka||SoNAM||Nursing/L400||Nigerian|
|Ms. Queeneth Odinakachi||SPH||Nutrition/L400||Nigerian|
Most universities abroad have a mandatory fieldwork or lab investigation component of their programmes. UHAS has become the preferred institution for most students from the U.S.A., UK, Canada, Nigeria and Cameroon to gain first-hand, practical experience of what they study in the classroom. These students stay for two to 12 weeks. Our faculty, with their rich and varied experiences, supervise these students and grade them at the end of their research. The output of their research is mostly expected to lead to publication. (See more information under the International Programmes tab).
In a globally competitive world, the value of international faculty in higher education institutions cannot be underrated. International faculty tend to bring diversity and infuse a vast amount of experiences from other contexts. UHAS is greatly committed to developing its students to be the best they can be. With the presence of international faculty, students will get the opportunity to learn from diverse perspectives.
Prof. Adeleke Clement Adebajo (NIGERIA) is a Professor in the School of Pharmacy. He acts as the Head of the Department of Pharmacognosy and Herbal Medicine. His specializes in Pharmacognosy (Anti-infective and Antidiabetic researches). He teaches, among others, courses like Introduction to Pharmacognosy, Phytochemistry and Natural Drug Production and Evaluation), Phytopharmaceuticals and Plant Poisons.
Dr. Waikhom Sayanika Devi (INDIA) is a senior lecturer at the Department of School of Basic and Biomedical Sciences. She specialises in Genetics, Molecular Biology and Microbiology. She teaches Biochemistry, Introduction to Cell biology, Cell signalling, Enzymology, Metabolism, Introduction to Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
Dr. Elvis Tarkang (CAMEROON) is a senior lecturer at School of Public Health, Head of the Department of Population and Behavioural Sciences. He is editor-in-chief of a scientific journal and serves on a number of editorial boards of several other journals. His research areas include Adolescent Sexual and Social Behaviours, Health Promotion, HIV/AIDS Epidemiology, and Institutional workplace HIV Policy Development.
Dr. Jany Diaz Fernandez (CUBA) has taught at the Anaesthesia Department of the School of Medicine since 2015. She worked for many years as a Physician in Cuba prior to her appointment at UHAS. She is a fellow in Intensive and Emergency Medical Care. Dr. Fernandez´s area of research is critical illness in adult and critical maternal diseases.
Dr. Duniesky Martinez Lopez (CUBA) is a senior lecturer at the School of Medicine and also a Fellow in Family Medicine and Community Health from Cuba. He has worked in rural Cuba as well as some rural parts of Ghana. His research areas include anaemia in children and management of stroke.
Dr. Fernando Miguel Almaguer Acevedo (CUBA) is a lecturer and acting Head of Department of Pathology at the School of Medicine. Prior to this, he was a lecturer at the Medical Sciences University in Las Tunas, Cuba and the Head of Maxillofacial Department at Dr E. Guevara Teaching Hospital, also a Coordinator of the National Program of Prevention and Precocious Detection of oral Cancer in Las Tunas Province, Cuba. His areas of research is oral cancer epidemiology.
Dr. Barbara Yordanis Hernandez Cervantes (CUBA) is the Head of the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department of the School of Medicine. She is a senior lecturer and Fellow in General Surgery. Prior to this, she was Senior lecturer at the Surgical Department at “General and Gyneco-obstetric Teaching Hospital "Dr. Agosthino Neto" Guantánamo, Cuba and Head of Surgical Department at Wa Reginal Hospital, Upper West, Ghana; she also worked as general surgeon in the St Joseph Hospital and SDA hospital, Koforidua, Ghana. Her research areas include chronic pancreatitis treatment.
Dr. Serafin Alcina Pereira (CUBA) is a Senior Lecturer at the Anesthesia Department of the UHAS School of Medicine. From 2016. Prior to this, He was a Senior Lecturer at the University for Development Studies, Tamale, Ghana. He is a member of the Cuban Society of Intensive and Emergency Medical Care and is also a fellow in Family Medicine and Intensive and Emergency Medical Care. Hi research areas are critical illness in adult and critical maternal diseases.
Dr. Gertrudis de Los Angeles Hernandez Gonzalez (CUBA) is a Senior Lecturer and heads the Internal Medicine Department at the School of Medicine, UHAS. She has over 24 years experience as a Medical Doctor in Cuba. She has a First and Second Degree Fellow in Neurology and Master in Sciences (MSc) in Cognitive Neurosciences. Previously, she was Associate Professor and Associate Researcher and Head of the Clinical Neuroimaging Department at the Cuban Neurosciences Center, Havana. Research areas of interest to her are eating epilepsy, brain mapping and functional connectivity in brain tumours.
Dr. Maite Esquijarosa Hechavarria (CUBA) is the Head of the Anaesthesia Department and Lecturer at the School of Medicine. She has been with the university since 2015. Before joining UHAS, she was a Senior Lecturer at the Higher Institute of Medical Science, Ciego de Avila, Cuba and a member of the Cuban Society of Anesthesiologists. She is also a Specialist in Anesthesia and Resuscitation. She area of interests are Anaesthesiology and pain management.
Dr. Orish Verner Ndudiri (NIGERIA) is a Lecturer at the Department of Microbiology and Immunology of the School of Medicine. Prior to this, he was a Senior Medical Officer in the Ghana Health service, working at the Accident and Emergency Unit of Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital in the Western Region of Ghana. He was the clinical coordinator of work the world program, supervising and teaching oversees medical and allied health students undergoing clinical electives at the Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital. He is a Parasitologist and a Physician with great interest in Infectious Disease research.
Dr. Radisnay Guzman Lambert (CUBA) is Senior Lecturer at the Surgical Department of the School of Medicine since 2014. He is also a Fellow in General Surgery, General Doctor, Master in Surgical Emergency. Prior to joining UHAS, he was a Senior Lecturer at the Surgical Department of the Guantanamo Teaching Hospital in the University of Health Santiago de Cuba (2006-2010), Coordinator of the Cuban Medical Brigade posted to the Upper East Regional Hospital, Bolgatanga as General Surgeon (2010-2013), headed the surgery department at Bolgatanga Regional Hospital (Upper East Region-Ghana) (2010-2014). His area of research includes abdomen and breast surgery.
Dr. Penelope Engel-Hills, is a part-time faculty at the Department of Medical Imaging at the School of Allied Health Sciences, UHAS. She is the Dean of the Faculty of Health and Wellness Sciences, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town, South Africa. At UHAS, she lectures Masters and Doctorate students at the department.
Dr. Mark Okeji, is a part-time lecturer at the School of Allied Health Sciences. He also lectures at the Department of Medical Radiography and Radiological Sciences, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria. At UHAS, he teaches Masters and Doctorate the to teach as part-time lecturers on the MPhil and PhD Programmes in Medical Imaging.
Academics without Borders, Canada
UHAS and Academics Without Borders, a Canadian bilingual NGO, entered into an MoU in January 2018 to support developing countries to develop and expand institutions of higher education by sending volunteers to work on projects in those institutions.
University of Basel, Switzerland
The UHAS School of Nursing and Midwifery (SONAM) signed an agreement with University of Basel, Switzerland to foster joint research grant applications and other joint activities. Two UHAS faculty members were invited to Basel following the signing of the agreement.
University of Basel, Switzerland
University of Health and Allied Sciences has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Institute of Nursing Science, University of Basel to promote exchange and cooperation and to foster global development and dissemination of nursing science. The partner institution is UHAS School of Nursing and Midwifery (SONAM). Collaborative effort in the areas of scientific research, educational activities and initiatives to advance and enhance academic pursuits in nursing shall be undertaken under this partnership. Funding for proposed collaborative endeavours in research and education are to be sought through proposals jointly developed and submitted to domestic and international funding sources.
Brunel University, UK
Brunel University signed an MoU with UHAS to collaborate in academics and research. The objectives of this agreement are: to develop and promote research collaboration in areas of mutual interest, and to exchange staff, scholars and students.
Campbell University, U.S.A.
The Campbell and UHAS-SPH team during one of their field visits near Hohoe in May 2019. Photo credit: UHAS School of Public Health.
Campbell University, North Carolina, U.S.A. primarily collaborates with the UHAS School of Public Health in the area of student exchange, and is also working towards a similar collaboration with the UHAS School of Medicine.
DICLE University, Turkey
Dicle University and UHAS have agreed to cooperate for the exchange of students and/or staff in the context of the Erasmus+ programme. Through this agreement, UHAS will soon be a named partner university on the Erasmus+ programme.
Georgetown University, U.S.A.
Georgetown University signed an MoU with UHAS to foster student exchange between the two institutions. Every year, between six to eight students in the Master of Science in Global Health programme come to UHAS for a six to 12-week Fall Internship program. UHAS in turn assigns a preceptor who supervises the students' research work.
University Grenoble Alpes, France
In seeking to promote the development and growth of exchanges, and academic, scientific and cultural activities, University of Grenoble Alpes and UHAS jointly agreed to promote exchanges of university personnel (students, lecturers and administrators) to develop teaching, research and project activities and to promote joint publications.
University of Illinois Springfield, U.S.A.
UHAS Senior Management with a delegation from University of Illinois Springfield.
University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) has entered into a memorandum of understanding with University of Health and Allied Sciences to explore the areas of academic research. UIS collaborates with UHAS School of Public Health in this regard.
Yonsei University, South Korea
UHAS Management met with the Yonsei team after a workshop. Photo credit: Directorate of Public Affairs, UHAS.
Yonsei University and University of Health and Allied Sciences, in seeking to develop an academic exchange and cooperation program in education and research, signed an MoU for a university project for international cooperation termed Public Health and Educational Capacity Development of University of Health and Allied Sciences in Ghana. The National Research Foundation of Korea is funding this four-year project, which is expected to come to completion in 2021. The project seeks to build capacity of faculty from the UHAS School of Nursing and Midwifery, School of Medicine, and School of Public Health. It also seeks to remodel the academic curricula and vocational training curricula for the three Schools. With regard to faculty development, four UHAS faculty are being trained at Yonsei University for their Doctoral degrees.
York University, Toronto, Canada
The York University team returned to UHAS in December 2019 to continue talks with Management. Photo credit: Directorate of Public Affairs, UHAS.
York University in Toronto, Canada has signed an MOU with UHAS to promote international education and cooperation. The agreement is specifically with the School of Nursing and Midwifery to promote faculty and student exchange. Some faculty from SONAM are expected to undergo training at York soon. York University also sends its Global Health Practicum students to the UHAS School of Public Health, where UHAS staff members supervise them to conduct field research.
Study Abroad Programmes
The Office of International Programmes organises information sessions for all students of UHAS. The University has built strong relations with Campus France of the French Embassy and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Representatives from these institutions, in collaboration with OIP, organise information sessions on study, research and funding opportunities in various countries. OIP is working at instituting these as annual events.
OIP fosters academic exchanges between UHAS and other institutions here in Ghana and abroad. In the last couple of years, we have formed very concrete relationships with a number of institutions.
Leeds Beckett University Masters in Public Health (Health Promotion)
Some senior members of UHAS with faculty and students of Leeds Beckett University during their first graduation ceremony in UHAS. Photo credit: ICT Directorate, UHAS.
The Leeds Beckett University in the UK offers a part-time Master's degree in Public Health Promotion, taught at the University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ho. The programme is suitable for anyone making contribution to public health promotion in the widest sense, the course emphasizes the role of the public health practitioner in tackling the social determinants of health. The programme is largely taught by Leeds Beckett academic staff. Attendance is in blocks of two weeks, five times across two years, followed by a period of study for dissertation. Most students offering the programme are funded by the Commonwealth Scholarship.
The University recognises that international student exchange programmes are critical for creating educational opportunities that help build bridges of understanding among students from diverse countries. It therefore places utmost importance on these activities. OIP therefore fosters collaborations with our international partners in this regard. Currently, the University engages in active student exchanges with the following institutions:
University of Birmingham
Ms. Sharon Darkwa came on a six-week attachment to the Centre for Malaria Research at the Institute of Health Research, UHAS. While here, she carried out field work under the RTS,S malaria vaccine study and was supervised by Professor Evelyn Ansah. This research went towards her thesis entitled: “Willingness to pay for the RTS,S malaria vaccine, and other routine immunisations in the Volta region, Ghana: A qualitative exploratory study.”
Campbell University, U.S.A.
Campbell University cooperates with UHAS School of Public Health in the area of student exchange. The first batch of students undertook their practicum session at the UHAS School of Public Health in May 2019. About their experiences at UHAS, the faculty and students wrote: "We wish to express our satisfaction with the hospitality and training provided by University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) during our study abroad trip in May 2019. UHAS is truly a destination of choice for practicum and student experience."
Georgetown University, U.S.A.
So far, two batches of Masters students from Georgetown University have undertaken their practicum at UHAS. They were supervised by Professors from the Institute of Health Research.
Global Korean Nursing Foundation (GKNF)/SONAM Student Exchange Programme
GKNF and SONAM students after a joint activity. Photo credit: OIP, UHAS.
UHAS School of Nursing and Midwifery and students from the Global Korean Nursing Foundation (GKNF), an organisation of Nursing students from all over Korea, have engaged in joint activities to promote nursing services in selected communities in the Volta Region. This exchange programme is part of the Yonsei Project. (Attention: McJames to insert pictures
University of Illinois Springfield, U.S.A.
Global Health students of the University of Illinois Springfield, under the supervision of selected faculty from the UHAS School of Public Health undertake their field practicum in Hohoe municipality. The first batch of students completed a six-week practicum in May 2019.
York University, Toronto, Canada
The first batch of exchange students from York University, Canada, did their field practicum at the UHAS School of Public Health in January 2020.
Mr. Afaya Agani
Mr. Afaya Agani, an Assistant Lecturer at the Department of Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, is currently in South Korea for his Doctoral programme. He is taking the compulsory Korean Language course at Chonnam National University for a year before he proceeds with his Ph.D. at Yonsei University in August 2020. His report indicates he's making progress and faring well.
Mr. Kennedy Konlan
Mr. Kennedy Konlan, an Assistant Lecturer at the Department of Public Health Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, is currently in South Korea preparing towards his Doctoral programme. He is taking the compulsory one-year Korean Language course at Chonnam National University. He starts his Ph.D. programme in Nursing at Yonsei University in August 2020.
Mr. Prince Appiah Kubi
Mr. Prince Appiah Kubi, from UHAS School of Public Health is currently a Doctoral Student at the Asian Institute for Bioethics and Health Law, Yonsei University. His area of specialization is Health Law and Ethics. His supervisor is Professor Kim So Yoon.
Mr. Eric Osei
Mr. Eric Osei, from UHAS School of Public Health, is currently undergoing his doctoral studies in Clinical Epidemiology at the Graduate School of Public Health, Yonsei University. Professor Hyeon Chang Kim is his mentor. He appreciates the opportunity to study in South Korea on the Korean Government Scholarship programme.
Staff of OIP