Oni, Tolu

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South Africa

Dr Tolu Oni
Senior Lecturer, Division of Public Health Medicine
School of Public Health and Family Medicine
Room 4.41, Entrance 5, Falmouth Building
Faculty of Health Sciences
University of Cape Town


FCPHM(SA) (Public Health Medicine specialist; Fellow of the College of Public Health Medicine (SA))
June 2015

Masters in Medicine (Public Health) (with Distinction)
Population health transition and patterns of infectious/non-communicable disease multi-morbidity, University of Cape Town, June 2015

Doctoral degree (MD(Res)) in Epidemiology (PhD equivalent)
-Epidemiology of HIV/TB co-infection, Imperial College London, May 2012

Masters in Public Health (Epidemiology specialization)
-University of Cape Town, June 2012

Diplomate member of the Faculty of Public Health (UK)
-Jan 2011

Member of the Royal College of Physicians (UK)
-July 2008

MBBS (undergraduate medical degree)
-University College London Medical School, 1998-2004

B.Sc. (2:1 Hons)
-International Health (with French), University College London, 2001/2.


Public Health Medicine / Urban Epidemiology


Dr Tolu Oni is a Public Health Physician/Epidemiologist. She completed medical training at University College London Medical School, UK, and completed an intercalated Bachelor of Science degree in International Health. After postgraduate training in internal medicine in the UK and Australia, she moved to Cape Town, South Africa to work in HIV/TB research in 2007. She completed a Masters in Public Health/Epidemiology degree at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and a Doctoral degree in the Clinical Epidemiology of HIV-associated TB at Imperial College London, based in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. Between 2007-2014, she worked as a Senior Research Medical Officer at the University of Cape Town within the Clinical Infectious Disease Research Initiative. Her current research (on urbanisation and health; and the interaction between commonly co-occurring chronic infectious and non-communicable conditions, health determinants) aims to contribute significantly to existing knowledge on the changing patterns of disease and implications for health and wellbeing of the population in the context of urbanization. She has received several awards in recognition of her research contribution including the Carnegie “Next Generation of African Academics) award, the Claude Leon Merit award for early career researchers, and the University of Cape Town College of Fellows Young Researchers awards. As a member and co-Chair of the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS), she works actively to encourage public engagement and a cross disciplinary discourse on the determinants of health; and to engage public, private, academic, governmental and non-governmental sectors in the translation of research findings into policy and practice. She strives to actively promote a coordinated approach to engagement with other scientific and societal communities, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa and the Global South to identify creative strategies to address complex population health and broader societal challenges. She was recently selected as a Next Einstein Forum Fellow (http://nef.org/nef-fellows/), and a World Economic Forum Young Scientist. She aims to promote science and research as key drivers of development in Africa; and was recently selected as a future global leader to participate in the Future Leaders Program of the Annual Meeting of the Science and Technology in Society Forum, Japan, 2015.

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