Emeka Okafor, PhD, MPH

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T32 Predoctoral Fellow

Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria
Master of Public Health, Health Education and Behavior, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL
Doctor of Philosophy, Epidemiology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2016

Hometown: Enugwu-Ukwu, Anambra State, Nigeria
Research Interests: Neurobehavioral and clinical consequences of drug abuse among individuals living with or at risk for HIV infection, along with the risk, protective, and mediating factors that influence these outcomes.
Long-term career goals: I hope to utilize the training and skills I will gain from the PhD in Epidemiology program and the NIDA Substance Abuse Training Center to conduct research that will inform prevention strategies to prevent or minimize the adverse neurobehavioral and clinical consequences of drug use.
What philosophy guides your education? “Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
What do you see as the most pressing public health problems facing the world today? Low income and unequal access to essential health care services and medicines.