Abubakarr Jalloh

Abubakarr Jalloh

Abubakarr Jalloh is a former refugee from Sierra Leone and a certified international civil servant by the United Nations (U.N.) with an extensive global experience; a social science researcher in allied health with a multidisciplinary academic and professional background; as well as multilingual. Previously, he served as a member of the board of directors, the U.N. representative, and program manager for African Affairs for World Leisure Organization – a global nongovernmental organization with a consultative status with the U.N., as well as the Global Health Corps based at the University of Northern Iowa.

Globally, Jalloh collaborates with scholars from diverse disciplines who are interested in promoting and improving the health and well-being of people and communities.

His research areas are focused on social determinants of health, health disparities, and multicultural health within the context of global health.

Feel free to follow him on Twitter: @jalloh711

Areas of Expertise

  • Global health
  • Social determinants of health
  • Health disparities
  • Multicultural health
  • Sociocultural context of emerging infectious diseases

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Public Health
  • Global Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health Senior Seminar
  • Public Health and Social Justice
  • Social Determinants of Health


  • Ed.D. in Allied Health, Recreation and Community Service, University of Northern Iowa
  • M.P.P., Health Policy, University of Northern Iowa.

Publications & Articles

  • Jalloh, A. (2022). "Examining the [social] determinants of health among Immigrant and Refugee families: Lessons learned from the field." Virginia Journal of Public Health, 6 (1), 101.
  • Jalloh, A., & Morgan, A. D. (2022). "Learning modalities and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic: A literature review." Virginia Journal of Public Health, 6 (1), 47-65.
  • Jalloh, A. (2019). “Cultural practices and the transmission of Ebola in Sierra Leone: Lessons learned from a medical anthropology perspective.” Dissertations and Theses @ UNI. 944.
  • Jn Baptiste, T., & Jalloh, A. (2016). “Youth, leisure and bullying: An analysis of bullying as a constraint to leisure participation.” International Leisure Review, 5 (1), 3-21

Research Interests

Active research projects (2021-2024):

  • Bridging Cross-cultural Communication and Sociocultural Gap between Immigrant, Refugee Families, and Local Healthcare Providers: Lessons Learned from the Field.
  • How Caring for a Loved-one Becomes Deadly: A Sociocultural Perspective on Ebola Virus Disease.
  • Social Determinants of Health and COVID-19: A Descriptive Analysis of Migrant Agricultural Workers’ Experience with the Pandemic.
  • Handwashing before, during, and after the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Descriptive Analysis of College Students.