Abi Fapohunda

  • Assistant Professor
  • Affiliated Faculty, Africana Studies

My research, teaching and consulting work is focused on health inequities affecting African Americans in the U.S., Africans in the Diaspora, and on the continent. My training and education, community engagement, and work experience influence my teaching and research interests. I have worked on two multidisciplinary collaborative studies that address the historical and contemporary struggles of Black and Brown communities in Pittsburgh (The Black Women, Femmes and Individuals Health Projects and the Pittsburgh Transformations Project: Race, Migration, Education, and Healthcare).

In my international health research work, I collaborated with two organizations: Gift of Living Donation (GOLD), United Kingdom, focusing on living organ donation among Blacks and Lakeshore Cancer Center (LCC), Nigeria, focusing on cancer care. My work with LCC included developing an e-learning training program on cancer awareness, diagnosis, and treatment for Nigerian healthcare practitioners.

I started teaching  in 2007 and the courses I teach and have taught at both undergraduate and graduate levels cover the following  topic areas: African American health, Social Determinants of Health, Health Disparities/Inequities, Global Health, and Research Methods and Intervention in Minority Communities. In addition to teaching and research, I have experience conducting needs assessments,  qualitative/quantitative analyses and evaluation of program effectiveness. I have completed evaluations of community-based health disparities in behavioral and physical health, nutrition, smoking cessation, HIV/AIDS, and oral health in Black communities. My experience as an independent public health consultant and evaluator spans more than 20 years and I have completed more than  twenty-five health-related projects. I have written technical reports/white papers on Engaging & Empowering Communities by Building Capacity to Address HIV/AIDS and STDs and Improving Access to Oral Health & Dental Care for Underserved Population for Highmark Foundation.


1999    Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) - Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health

1997    Master of Public Health (MPH) - Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh, School of Public Health

1992    Master of Science (MS) - Food and Nutrition, Indiana University of Pennsylvania                  

1985    BTEC/Higher Diploma - Hotel, Catering & Institutional Management, Norwich City College, Norwich, England

  • African American Health Issues – AFRCNA 1710/SOCWRK 1063 - (Undergraduate Course)
  • Introduction to Global Health  - PUBHLT 1001 - (Undergraduate Course)
  • Health Equity Research Methods & Interventions - PUBHLT 2501 - (Graduate Course)
  • Essentials for Health Equity: Social Determinants of Health - PUBHLT 0120 - (Undergraduate Course) 
  • Health in the African Diaspora - AFRCNA 1510 - (Undergraduate Course)
Selected Publications

Fapohunda, A., Fakolade, A., & Ilegbune, O. (2021). Leveraging eLearning tools to improve cervical and breast cancer screening and diagnosis in Lagos, Nigeria. Cities & Health, 1-6https://doi.org/10.1080/23748834.2021.1907500

Fapohunda, A., Fakolade, A., Omiye, J., Afolaranmi, O., Arowojolu, O., Oyebamiji, T., Nwogu, C., Olawaiye, A., & Mutiu, J. Cancer presentation patterns in Lagos, Nigeria: Experience from a private cancer center. Journal of Public Health in Africa, 2020, 11(2). https://doi.org/10.4081/jphia.2020.1138

Turk, M. T., Kalarchian, M. A., Nolfi, D., & Fapohunda, A. (2019). Prevention and treatment of overweight and obesity among African immigrant populations: A systematic review of literature. Annual review of Nursing Research, 37 (1), 161-186.

Ibe-Lamberts, Kelechi D.; Ilunga Tshiswaka, Daudet; and Fapohunda, Abi "Exploring the Cultural Perceptions of Physical Activity among Transnational Nigerian Immigrants," Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice, 2018; Vol. 11: Issue. 4, Article 3.

Karen E. Jakub, Melanie T. Turk, Abi Fapohunda, Rick Zoucha: Cultural Beliefs, Perceptions, and Practices of Young Adult Offspring of African Immigrants Regarding Healthy Eating and Activity. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 2018; Vol. 29 Issue 6, 548-554 https://doi.org/10.1177/1043659618761532