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Alex Ezeh, PhD

Alex Ezeh

Dornsife Professor of Global Health
Community Health and Prevention
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BSc, Imo State University, Sociology; MSc, University of Ibadan, Sociology; MA, University of Pennsylvania, Demography; PhD, University of Pennsylvania, Demography


Alex Ezeh, PhD, is a professor of Global Health in the Department of Community Health and Prevention at the Dornsife School of Public Health. Ezeh brings decades of experience in research, research capacity strengthening and policy advocacy on a range of global health and development issues.

He comes to Dornsife from the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) where he served as the founding Executive Director and, over a period of 17 years, guided APHRC to become one of Africa’s foremost regional research center addressing population, health, education and development issues.  He initiated and directed the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA), an initiative to strengthen doctoral training and the retention of academics at African universities.

Alex Ezeh’s work focuses on addressing the challenges that come with the growth of slums around the world and the continuing rapid population growth in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Ezeh’s work has highlighted the development implications of SSA’s population and urbanization trends, underscored the unique vulnerabilities slum populations face, defined the systems (education, health, economic, etc.) that best serve slum populations, and has ensured slum populations become more visible in national and global reports and data systems.

He has served on a number of Lancet Commissions including the Rockefeller Foundation-Lancet Commission on Planetary Health, the Lancet Commission on the Future of Health in Africa, and he Co-Chaired the Guttmacher-Lancet Commission on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights.  He is also a member of the Vatican-Lancet-Mario Negri Commission on the Value of Life that began its work in February 2018. 

Ezeh is honorary professor of public health at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, and holds an honorary Doctor of Science from KCA University, Kenya, and a doctorate in demography from the University of Pennsylvania, USA. He serves on the Boards of several organizations and he is the recipient of The World Academy of Sciences 2018 Prize for the Social Sciences.

Research Interests

  • Global/International Health
  • Reproductive and Sexual Health
  • Urban Health


Crane BB, Daulaire N, and Ezeh AC. Reproductive health in culture wars crossfire: The Gag Rule is endangering health in Africa and globally. Science. (Forthcoming).

Amugsi DA, Dimbuene ZT, Mberu B, Muthuri S and Ezeh AC. Prevalence and time trends in overweight and obesity among urban women: An analysis of 4 demographic and health surveys data from 24 African countries, 1991-2014. BMJ Open (Forthcoming).

Agyepong IA, Sewankambo N, Binagwaho A, Coll-Seck AM, Corrah T, Ezeh A, et al. The path to longer and healthier lives for all Africans by 2030: The Lancet Commission on the future of health in sub-Saharan Africa. The Lancet; Published: 13 September 2017; DOI:

Amugsi DA, Dimbuene ZT, Kimani-Murage EW, Mberu B, and Ezeh AC. Differential effects of dietary diversity and maternal characteristics on linear growth of children aged 6-59 months in sub-Saharan Africa: a multi-country analysis. Public Health Nutrition, DOI: 10.1017/S1368980016003426.

Beguy, D., Ezeh, A. C., Mberu, B. U. and Emina, J. B.O. Changes in Use of Family Planning among the Urban Poor: Evidence from Nairobi Slums. Population and Development Review. doi:10.1111/padr.12038

Ezeh, A., Mberu, B., and Beguy, D. Migration, Urbanization, and Slums in Sub-Saharan Africa. In: Groth, H. and May, J.F. (eds.), Africa’s Population: In Search of a Demographic Dividend. Springer

Ezeh, A. Addressing Planetary Health Challenges in Africa. Public Health Reviews, 37:27. DOI: 10.1186/s40985-016-0046-z.

Fonn, S., Egesah, O., Cole, D., Griffiths, F., Manderson, L., Kabiru, C., Ezeh, A., Thorogood, M., and Izugbara, C. Building the capacity to solve complex health challenges in sub-Saharan Africa: CARTA’s multidisciplinary PhD training. Canadian Journal of Public Health; 107(4-5):e381–e386. DOI: 10.17269/CJPH.107.5511

Marjanovic S, Cochrane G, Robin E, Sewankambo N, Ezeh A, Nyirenda M, Bonfoh B, Rweyemamu M, and Chataway J. Evaluating a complex research capacity-building intervention: Reflections on an evaluation of the African Institutions Initiative. Evaluation: The International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, 23(1): 80-101. DOI: 10.1177/1356389016682759.

Kimani-Murage E, Griffiths PL, Wekesah FM, Wanjohi MM, Muhia N, Muriuki P, Egondi T, Kyobutungi C, Ezeh AC, McGarvey ST, Musoke RN, Norris SA, Madise NJ. Effectiveness of home-based nutritional counselling and support on exclusive breastfeeding in urban poor settings in Nairobi: A cluster randomized controlled trial. Globalization and Health, (Forthcoming).