Arnold Ikedichi Okpani | Bio

PhD, School of Population and Public Health, UBC (2020-Present)

Master of Science, Public Health in Developing Countries (now Public Health for Development), London

School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom. (October 2015)

Bachelor of Medicine; Bachelor of Surgery, Ebonyi State University, Nigeria (September 2007)

Research Interests:

  • Primary Health Care
  • Global Health
  • Maternal and child health
  • Health information systems
  • Occupational Health

Arnold received his medical degree from Ebonyi State University, Nigeria, and his MSc in Public Health in Developing Countries (now Public Health for Development) from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom.

Arnold worked for nearly a decade in primary health care systems development in Nigeria. He was involved in projects that spanned maternal and child health, operational research, health information systems, advocacy, and resource mobilization. He recently worked with the Centre for Health Economics in London on a multi-country research project focused on designing fit-for-purpose regulation for evolving health care systems. He is currently researching the determinants of the novel coronavirus infection among health care workers.

Arnold is a Chevening UK Scholar, and a a fellow of the International Program in Public Health Leadership of the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance of the University of Washington, Seattle.

Select Publications
1. Sulaiman Etamesor, Chibuzo Ottih, Ismail Ndalami Salihu, Arnold Ikedichi Okpani. (2018). Data for decision making: using a dashboard to strengthen routine immunisation in Nigeria. BMJ Global Health. 3(5): e000807.
2. Arnold I. Okpani, Seye Abimbola. (2016). The midwives service scheme: a qualitative comparison of contextual determinants of the performance of two states in central Nigeria. Global Health Research and Policy. 1(16): 1-11. Funding Sources: Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) (UK) – NGCV-2014-1608
3. Arnold Ikedichi Okpani, Seye Abimbola. (2015). Operationalizing universal health coverage in Nigeria through social health insurance. Nigerian Medical Journal. 56(5): 305-310.
4. Arnold Ikedichi Okpani. (2015). Confronting weak health workforce governance in Nigeria. Africa Health Journal, Nigeria. 37(4): 9-10.