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School of Public Health
College of Health Sciences, Makerere University

Dr. Christopher G. Orach

Dr. Christopher G. Orach

Dr Christopher Garimoi Orach is a Professor of Community Health. His research interests and publications include public health in complex emergencies, reproductive health, and community risk reduction. He also supervises Post – Graduate students; 20 have received Masters Degrees; Six have been awarded PhDs. He is also involved in teaching programs, courses and curriculum design. He also designs emergency response plans, provides consultancy services, and develops policy for refugee situations.

Current Designation/Role

  • He is the immediate former Chair Department of Community Health and Behavioral Sciences
  • He is also an external examiner at Moi University School of Public Health, Eldoret, Kenya
  • He is a Peer Reviewer for BMC Series, African Health Sciences and the Lancet Journal

Academic History

  • 2006; PhD in Public Health, Vrije University, Belgium
  • 2004; Cert. Public Health Management and Leadership, University of Alabama, Birmingham, USA
  • 2000; MPH, Institute of Public Health, Antwerp, Belgium
  • 1997; Cert. Health Emergencies in Large Populations, ICRC – WHO – Addis Ababa University
  • 1996; M. Med PH, Makerere University
  • 1996; Cert. Refugee Studies, Refugee Studies Programme of University of Oxford, UK
  • 1994; Dip. PH, Makerere University
  • 1988; MBChB, Makerere University

Outstanding Academic Honors and Recognition

  • 1997; Winner of the World Health Organization (WHO) Community Health Research Award by WHO Africa Regional Office; Recognition for his community study “Maternal Mortality in Gulu District using the Sisterhood Methodology” conducted in 1996, which he did as part of his studies for the award of Master of Medicine in Public Health
  • He has authored over 60 publications in Peer-reviewed academic journals
  • Consultant commissioned by Ministry of Health Uganda to develop a Safe male Circumcision Policy; he was seconded by WHO.
  • Was a visiting lecturer, Uganda Martyrs University, Nkozi Campus

Work History

  • 2015; Professor of Public Health at the Department of Community Health and Behavioral Sciences, MakSPH
  • 2012; Associate Professor at the Department of Community Health and Behavioral Sciences, MakSPH
  • 2012; Deputy Dean, MakSPH
  • 2010; Head of Department, Community Health and Behavioral Sciences, MakSPH
  • 2009; Senior Lecturer, School of Public Health, Makerere University
  • 2006; Lecturer, School of Public Health, Makerere University
  • 2003; Assistant Lecturer, Institute of Public Health, Makerere University
  • 1996; Research Fellow, Institute of Public Health, Makerere University
  • 1994; Head of Public Health Department of St. Mary’s Hospital, Lacor, Gulu
  • 1994; Acting District Director of Health Services, Gulu
  • 1990; Medical Superintendent for Maracha Hospital
  • 1989; Medical Officer at Maracha Hospital, Arua, West Nile
  • 1988; Intern at St. Francis Hospital, Nsambya, Kampala

Affiliations and Memberships

  • Board Chair and one of seven founding members of Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief (CPAR) Uganda Ltd
  • Member of the Uganda Medical Association
  • Member, the Uganda National Association of Community and Occupational Health
  • Member, the Uganda Society of Health Scientists
  • Member, Staff Development Committee, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University, Kampala
  • Member, Makerere University College of Health Sciences’ Academic Board
  • Member, the Institutional Review Board, MakSPH
  • Member, Governing Council of the Sacred Heart University, Gulu
  • Member, Governing Council of Public Health Nursing College, Kampala
  • Visiting Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Gulu University
  • Board member, Diploma in Public Health Nursing College, Kampala
  • Patron, Makerere Acholi Medical Students Association
  • Member, Uganda Catholic Health Commission
  • Vice – Chairman, Catholic Association of Professionals of Uganda
  • Member, Board of Directors of St. Mary’s Hospital, Lacor, Gulu
  • Member, Board of governors of St. Joseph’s Hospital, Kitgum
  • Member, Board of Governors of St. Joseph’s College, Ombaci, Arua