Professor John Gyapong

Honorary Research Fellow

John Gyapong is Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and the Vice Chancellor of the University of Health and Allied Sciences in Ghana. Prior to this, he was for five years, the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research Innovation and Development and Professor of Epidemiology and Disease Control at the University of Ghana. He is also an Adjunct Professor of International Health at the Georgetown University in Washington.
He studied medicine at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology 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. For over 30years he has practised as a doctor in Ghana, rising to becomes the Director of Research and Development of the Ghana Health Service where he was responsible for health systems and implementation research. He established and managed the Ghana Neglected Diseases Control Programme for 8years. His main area of research is infectious disease epidemiology especially neglected tropical diseases.
He is a fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is a member of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene; and the Ghana Medical Association.
He has served as chair/member of several World Health Organisation and other international and local scientific committees. He contributes to global higher education and research dialogue through various platforms and has over 120 publications in peer-reviewed journals, more than 200 conference presentations and an edited book on Neglected Tropical Diseases in sub-Saharan Africa.

Current affiliations 

  • Vice Chancellor, University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ho, Ghana. (August 2016-to date)
  • Professor in Epidemiology and Disease Control, University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ho, Ghana. (August 2016-to date)
  • Adjunct Professor of International Health, Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA. (October 2006-to date)


Since taking up the position of Vice Chancellor, Professor Gyapong has reduced his teaching substantially but hitherto was teaching:

  • Epidemiological Methods
  • Research Design
  • Epidemiology and Control of Infectious Disease
  • Neglected Tropical Diseases
  • Health Systems Research
  • Implementation Research
  • Clinical Trials

His main research has been in the area of:

  • Epidemiology of Infectious Disease
  • Neglected Tropical Diseases, especially Lymphatic Filariasis
  • Intervention Studies