Joseph Kawuki, Ph.D.


Joseph Kawuki, PhD

Joseph Kawuki, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Associate

Principal Investigator: Dr. Jaymie Meliker


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Dr. Kawuki is a seasoned scholar with extensive experience in Public Health research, practice, and teaching. He completed his Ph.D. in Public Health at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and MPH-Global Health at Southeast University (Nanjing, China). With a BSc. Human Nutrition and Dietetics, Dr. Kawuki has formal training and practice as a community and clinical Nutritionist. He has solid experience (over 4 years) in graduate teaching, having served as a graduate teaching assistant where he taught several core courses of the Public Health Program including Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Global Health, Research Methods, Foundations of Public Health, and Foundations of Health Promotion, among others. Dr. Kawuki has contributed to and published over 50 papers, mostly in reputable journals and addressing various aspects of public health, mainly in the context of social-structural determinants of health. He also has enriched field experience in public health practice (over 3 years) including working with international agencies in Africa, such as World Vision and USAID, where he gained valuable research and field experience in Global Health and Humanitarian response, including nutrition resilience, food security, sanitation, and water security among vulnerable communities.


Ph.D., Public Health, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (2023)

MPH, Global Health, Southeast University, China (2020)

BSc., Human Nutrition and Dietetics, Kyambogo University (2015)

Professional Experience:

  • Post-Doctoral associate, Program in Public Health, Stony Brook Medicine, 2024-present
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, School of Public Health and Primary Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2020-2023
  • Teaching Assistant (Biostatistics/Health Statistics), School of Public Health, Southeast University, 2018-2020
  • Community Health Officer -- WASH & Nutrition, World Vision Uganda, 2016-2018
  • Research Assistant, USAID - SPRING Project, May 2016-December 2016
  • Community Nutritionist, Kawempe Home Care, 2015-2016

Research Interests:

Environmental Health; Exposome Research; Global Health; Health Equity; Infectious Disease Epidemiology; Behavioral Health; Nutrition and Dietetics; Child and Maternal Health; and Interdisciplinary Research.

Select Publications:

Kawuki, J., Chan P.S.-f, Fang Y, Chen S, Mo P.K.H, Wang Z. Knowledge and practice of personal protective measures against COVID-19 in Africa: a systematic review. JMIR Public Health and Surveillance 2023.DOI: 10.2196/44051

Kawuki, J., Nambooze J, Chan PS, Chen S, Liang X, Mo PK, Wang Z. Differential practice and associated factors of COVID-19 personal preventive measures among the slum and estate communities of Uganda: A community-based cross-sectional survey. Journal of Global Health. 2023;13. DOI: 10.7189/jogh.13.06039

Kawuki, J., Nambooze J, Chan P.S.-f, Chen S, Liang X, Mo P.K.H, Wang Z. Differential COVID-19 Vaccination Uptake and Associated Factors among the Slum and Estate Communities in Uganda: A Cross-Sectional Population-Based Survey. Vaccines 2023, 11, x. DOI: 10.3390/vaccines11020440

Kawuki, J., Chen S, Fang Y, Liang X, Chan PS, Wang Z. COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance, Attitude and Perception among Slum and Underserved Communities: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Vaccines. 2023;11(5):886. DOI: 10.3390/vaccines11050886

Kawuki, J., Fang Y, Yu FY, Ye D, Chan PS, Chen S, Wang Z. Facilitators and barriers to use rapid antigen test for SARS-CoV-2 among community-dwelling older adults in Hong Kong: A population-based cross-sectional random telephone survey. PLOS Global Public Health. 2023;3(8):e0002196. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pgph.0002196

Kawuki, J., Gatasi G, Sserwanja Q, Mukunya D, Musaba MW. Comprehensive knowledge about HIV/AIDS and associated factors among adolescent girls in Rwanda: a nationwide cross-sectional study. BMC Infectious Diseases. 2023;23(1):1-0. DOI: 10.1186/s12879-023-08187-y

Niu F, Xie W, Zhang W, Kawuki, J., Yu X. Vitamin C, vitamin E, β-carotene and risk of Parkinson’s disease: a systematic review and dose–response meta-analysis of observational studies. Nutritional Neuroscience. 2023:1-3. DOI: 10.1080/1028415X.2023.2192561

Kawuki, J., Kamara K, Sserwanja Q. Prevalence of risk factors for human immunodeficiency virus among women of reproductive age in Sierra Leone: a 2019 nationwide survey. BMC Infectious Diseases. 2022;22(1):1-9. DOI: 10.1186/s12879-022-07037-7

Kawuki, J., Musa TH, Yu X. Impact of recurrent outbreaks of Ebola virus disease in Africa: a meta-analysis of case fatality rates. Public Health. 2021;195:89-97. DOI: 10.1016/j.puhe.2021.03.027

Kawuki, J., Sserwanja Q, Mukunya D, Sepenu AS, Musaba MW. Prevalence and factors associated with sexual violence among women aged 15–49 years in rural Uganda: evidence from the Uganda Demographic and Health Survey 2016. Public Health. 2021;196:35-42. DOI: 10.1016/j.puhe.2021.05.004

Ghimire U, Papabathini SS, Kawuki, J., Obore N, Musa TH. Depression during pregnancy and the risk of low birth weight, preterm birth and intrauterine growth restriction-an updated meta-analysis. Early Human Development. 2021;152:105243. DOI: 10.1016/j.earlhumdev.2020.105243

Dai P, Xie W, Yu X, Sun J, Wang S, Kawuki, J. Efficacy and cost of different treatment in patients with idiopathic membranous nephropathy: A network meta-analysis and cost-effectiveness analysis. International Immunopharmacology. 2021;94:107376. DOI: 10.1016/j.intimp.2021.107376

Obore N, Kawuki, J., Guan J, Papabathini SS, Wang L. Association between indoor air pollution, tobacco smoke and tuberculosis: an updated systematic review and meta-analysis. Public Health. 2020;187:24-35. DOI: 10.1016/j.puhe.2020.07.031

Kawuki, J., Yu X, Musa TH. Bibliometric Analysis of Ebola Research Indexed in Web of Science and Scopus (2010-2020). BioMed Research International. 2020;2020. DOI: 10.1155/2020/5476567

Kawuki, J., Musa TH, Pherry O. Dietary practices, WASH conditions, and disease occurrence among children below five years in households of Nangabo, Wakiso district, Uganda. Scientific African. 2020:e00291. DOI: 10.1016/j.sciaf.2020.e00291.

Select Presentations:

Kawuki J, Wang Z. Socio-demographic inequities in the risk of and response to Covid-19 in Uganda: a comparison of slum and estate communities. Oral presentation at the 17th International Congress of Behavioral Medicine, held in Vancouver, Canada, 23-26 August 2023.

Kawuki J, Fang Y, Yu FY, Ye D, Chan PS, Chen S, Wang Z. Facilitators and Barriers to Use Rapid Antigen Test among Community-dwelling Older Adults in Hong Kong: A Population-Based Random Telephone Survey. Poster presented at Hong Kong Primary Care Conference 2023, Hong Kong, June 2023.

Kawuki J, Wang Z. Socio-demographic inequities in the risk of and response to Covid-19 in Uganda: a comparison of slum and estate communities. Poster presented at Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau University Alliance Summit 2023, Hong Kong, May 2023.