Abubakarr Jalloh

Abubakarr Jalloh

Assistant Professor and Chair

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

  • Health equity
  • Global health
  • Environmental health
  • Immigrant and refugee health
  • Health policy
  • Social justice/human rights
  • Youth empowerment and advocacy
  • Health disparities
  • Multicultural health
  • Sociocultural context of emerging infectious diseases

Courses Taught

  • Kenya: An Interdisciplinary View of Women’s Reproductive Health [experiential learning in Kenya: Short Term study abroad course]
  • Introduction to Public Health
  • Global Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health Senior Seminar
  • Public Health and Social Justice
  • Social Determinants of Health

Research Interests

  • Active research projects (2022-2027):
  • Family Care and Health Behavior: A Socio-cultural Perspective on Ebola Virus Disease Transmission in Sierra Leone
  • Exploring Perception(s) on Solid Waste Management and Infectious Diseases in Freetown and Makeni, Sierra Leone
  • Traditional Healing: Contextualizing Local Knowledge and Practice
  • Bridging Cross-cultural Communication and Sociocultural Gap between Immigrant, Refugee Families, and Local Healthcare Providers: Lessons Learned from the Field.
  • Social Determinants of Health and COVID-19: A Descriptive Analysis of Migrant Agricultural Workers’ Experience with the Pandemic.
  • Hand washing before, during, and after the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Descriptive Analysis of College Students.


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

Publications & Articles