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Dr Franklin Onukwugha is a Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology and Public Health at the Centre for Postgraduate Medicine and Public Health, School of Life and Medical Sciences, University of Hertfordshire. Prior to joining the University in 2022, He was a Research Fellow and the project manager for an NIHR-funded project on Alcohol harm prevention in pregnancy (2020-2022), a Lecturer at the University of Sunderland in London (2016-2019), and Associate Lecturer at Coventry University Scarborough (2017-2019).

Franklin was the Lead Coordinator for the Global Health Research Network at the University of Hull and a Co-Investigator in a QR-GCRF funded Global Health Project involving Adolescent Reproductive Health in Nigeria in partnership with the International Network for Advancing Science and Policy (INASP) Oxford, and a Research Associate in a community-based mHealth project in western Kenya in collaboration with the Tropical Institute of Community Health and Development (TICH) in Kenya.

He is an active researcher with solid experience in the application of mixed methodological approaches in solving global health problems with a specific focus on Sexual/Reproductive/Maternal health problems. Franklin is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health (FRSPH), and a member of several Professional Associations such as the British Society for Population Studies (BSPS), and the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP). He has also received several prestigious awards/fellowships including the Commonwealth Early Career Academic Grants and the Population Reference Bureau Policy Communication Fellowship sponsored by USAID in partnership with the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP)

Teaching specialisms

Public Health

Evidence-Based Practice

Research Methods


Module Leader- Public Health Research and Epidemiology

Research interests

Adolescent's Sexual and Reproductive Health

Maternal and Child Health


Population/Global Health

Adolescent mental health and wellbeing

Commercial and public engagement

  • Founder-Youth Aspire Connect (https://yac.org.uk/)-A youth and adolescent-focused charity that supports over 300 young people from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities in North East England).
  • Board member Barrack Youth and Adolescent Network Nigeria: https://barracksyouthng.com/bot.html
  • Board of Trustee: Foundation for Academic Encouragement https://face-aspire.org/



Education/Academic qualification

Social Policy, PhD, University of Hull

Award Date: 13 Mar 2020

Research Methods, PGDIP, The University of Hull

Award Date: 18 Sept 2017

Education, PGCE, University of Westminister

Award Date: 13 May 2015

Public Health, MSc, University of Bedfordshire

Award Date: 18 Jul 2011

External positions

Honorary Senior Research Fellow, The University of Hull

Jan 2023 → …

Visiting Lecturer, University of Sunderland in London

Apr 2016 → …


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