GEOHealth Hub Co-Investigator | Addis Ababa University

Associate Professor
Department of Preventive Medicine
School of Public Health
College of Health Sciences
Addis Ababa University

Dr. Wakgari Deressa is currently an Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at the School of Public Health (SPH) of Addis Ababa University (AAU) in Ethiopia. He earned his BSc degree in biology in 1989, Master’s degree in Public Health in 2000 and PhD degree in Public Health in 2007 from AAU. He also completed a postdoctoral training in epidemiology in 2015 from the University of Bergen in Norway. He joined AAU in 2001 and has been teaching epidemiology, biostatistics, and health research methods at AAU and other Universities.

Dr. Wakgari came to AAU from the Ministry of Health’s Oromia Health Bureau, where he served as zone chief of malaria control program and team leader of malaria epidemiology unit. He has also been involved in capacity building activities, including training of health workers on malaria prevention and control, health research methods and ethics in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Regional Health Bureaus, Ethiopian Public Health Association (EPHA) and Ministry of Science and Technology.

Dr. Wakgari has collaborated on large scale health research and capacity building projects with several international universities. He has authored and co-authored more than 70 articles on peer-reviewed, reputable national and international journals. He was awarded Gold Medal of the prestigious Young Public Health Research Award of the EPHA in 2007. His primary areas of interest include observational and intervention researches to support equitable improvement of malaria prevention and control, climate and health, environmental and occupational health in Ethiopia and low-income countries.