Professor John Gyapong

Nationality: Ghanaian

Professor John Gyapong is the Vice Chancellor of the University of Health and Allied Science in Ghana. Prior to this, he was the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research Innovation and Development and Professor in Epidemiology at the University of Ghana, and an Adjunct Professor of International Health at the Georgetown University in Washington. He is a Public Health Physician and an Epidemiologist.

He had his medical education in Ghana, and later pursued a Master of Science in Public Health in Developing Countries, and a PhD in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London. He practised as a doctor in rural Ghana for 9 years. During this period, he worked on the Ghana Vitamin A Supplementation Trials which were at the Navrongo Health Research Centre. He also headed the Paediatric Unit of the Navrongo War Memorial Hospital and occasionally acted as the District Director of Health Services. He was the Director of Research and Development of the Ghana Health Services for 12 years where was responsible for health systems and implementation research. He has coordinated several large-scale field intervention studies in Ghana.

Professor Gyapong’s area of research is infectious disease epidemiology, especially lymphatic filariasis, other neglected tropical diseases and malaria. He has served as chair/member of several WHO NTD Committees. He serves on several international research review committees and boards including EDCTP. He has over 120 publications in peer-reviewed journals, 50 Technical reports, more than 300 conference presentations, and a book on NTDs in Sub Saharan Africa.