Abimbola Fapohunda

  • Instructor

Dr. Fapohunda teaches part-time in the department of Africana Studies. She was a visiting assistant professor of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences for two years at the University Of Pittsburgh Graduate School Of Public Health. Over the past 7 years, she has conducted several studies among African Americans, Africans in the Diaspora and on the African Continent. The focus of her research is “Healthy Community for Black Immigrants” in Allegheny County and “Cancer Awareness in Lagos, Nigeria”. She is a trained epidemiologist and health educator with over seventeen years’ experience of running her consulting company and being in public health, conducting needs assessments and program evaluation on the effectiveness of numerous community-based initiatives related to health disparities in both behavioral and physical health, including nutrition, smoking cessation, HIV/AIDS and oral health.


Dr.PH, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health
MPH, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health
MS, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA


  • Fapohunda, A., Fakolade, A., & Ilegbune, O. (2021). Leveraging eLearning tools to improve cervical and breast cancer screening and diagnosis in Lagos, Nigeria. Cities & Health, 1-6. https://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. (2020). Cancer presentation patterns in Lagos, Nigeria: Experience from a private cancer center. Journal of Public Health in Africa, 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 (2018) "Exploring the Cultural Perceptions of Physical Activity among Transnational Nigerian Immigrants," Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice: Vol. 11 : Iss. 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
  • Daudet IIunga Tshiswaka, Kelechi D. Ibe-Lamberts, Guy-Lucien S. Whembolua, Abi Fapohunda, Eugene S. Tull: “Going to the Gym Is Not Congolese’s Culture”: Examining Attitudes Toward Physical Activity and Risk for Type 2 Diabetes Among Congolese Immigrants. The Diabetes Educator, 2017; Vol. 44, No 1, 94-102.
  • Melanie T. Turk, Abimbola Fapohunda, Rick Zoucha: Using Photovoice to explore Nigerian Immigrants’ Eating and Physical Activity in the United States. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 2015; 47 No. 1, 16-24.
  • Abimbola Fapohunda & Jerome Taylor: Addressing Consumer Access and Utilization in the Hill District among African Americans Using the Behavioral Health Initiative Model. Journal of Race and Policy. Spring/Summer. 2014; Vol. 10. No.1, 29 – 48.
  • Virginia D, Wagner M, Fapohunda A: How Outbreaks of Infectious Disease are Detected: A Review of Surveillance Systems and Outbreaks. Public Health Reports / Vol. 119 / September-October 2004. 


  • An Overview: Cancer Screening and Referral. Lagos, Nigeria.
  • Healthcare Practitioner Survey. Lagos, Nigeria.
  • Cancer Treatment and Outcome in Sub-Sahara Africa and Experience from a Comprehensive Cancer Center. Lagos, Nigeria.                  
  • Peer Volunteer Living Donation Home-based Education Project. London, United Kingdom
  • University of Pittsburgh Summer Abroad Program in Affiliation with the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania                            


  • Member of the Rotary Club of Monroeville
  • Member of the Board of Trustees for Foundation Cancer Care, Lagos, Nigeria
  • American Public Health Association
  • Board of Director for East Liberty Family Health Care Center


  • African American Health Issues
  • Health in the African Diaspora
  • Being Human in the Age of COVID-19
  • COVID-19, Racism and Public Health 
  • Introduction to Public Health 
  • Health Equity Research Methods & Interventions