Henry Debem, MPharm, PhD

Henry Debem, MPharm, PhD


Dr. Debem obtained his Bachelor’s degree (BSc) in Applied Microbiology in Nigeria; a Master’s degree (MSc) in Clinical Pharmacology Nigeria; and a Doctorate degree (PhD) in Public health, specializing in Epidemiology in the USA. He has obtained other numerous relevant trainings in public health programs from several renowned Universities including London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom; Royal Tropical Institute/University of Twente, Netherlands; and University of Oslo, Norway.

Dr. Debem started his public health career since 2000 (about 17 years of work experience) spanning across several core public health functions such as field implementation, proposal development, program development, strategic planning, grant/program management, monitoring and evaluation, strategic information management, data analytics and biostatistics, leadership/managerial oversight to public health programs, and teaching. He has over 10 years of combined technical and management experience in the control of infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, malaria, and HIV/AIDS at both national and international levels; and 7 years of leadership/managerial oversight in public health programs.

In his current active experience with the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), he works with the Epidemiology and Strategic Information Branch as a Public Health Specialist. He provides technical support to the Nigeria Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) and other relevant government agencies at both federal and state levels in all HIV/AIDS strategic support activities. His functions include HIV/AIDS program monitoring and evaluation, Data management and performance analysis, assessing HIV epidemic control programs, strengthening Management Information Systems (MIS), surveys and surveillance projects, development of important quantitative and qualitative operational researches for program strengthening, and generating epidemic control estimates for national and state HIV programs. He has worked in all the regions of the country, irrespective of the wide cultural diversifications in Nigeria.

Dr. Debem also teaches in the academia combined with his active public health practice. He currently teaches in the virtual MPH program of the University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom as a Dissertation Advisor. He is facilitating the field practicum classes of the MPH program students of Walden University, Minneapolis, USA as field preceptor. Before now, he had taught the School of Community Health and Health Information Management (SCHIM), and College of Health Sciences both in the Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Nigeria. He had initiated a private teaching and mentoring sessions with some PhD students of Walden University