Onyebuchi A. Arah is a Center faculty associate, a professor in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and an expert on epidemiologic methodology and global causes and consequences of health, non-communicable diseases, and health care. He was the associate dean for global health at The Fielding School.
Arah's background in epidemiologic methodology, statistical epidemiology, causal modeling, and global social epidemiology has enabled him to conduct evidence-based research on topics ranging from the contextual determinants of non-communicable diseases, to the measurement of health care performance and quality of care in differing countries, to the role of health systems in global health, and to comparative effectiveness of clinical and public health interventions.
Arah has conducted hierarchical modeling of hospital survey and discharge data on patient experiences and outcomes and performed assessments of physician, hospitals and healthcare systems. He is also currently using innovative pooling and standardization of data on individuals from dozens of countries from all regions of the world to quantify the effects of national context and policies on individual health and healthcare in diabetes, depression, heart disease, asthma, and arthritis.
Prior to joining UCLA, Arah was on the faculty of the Academic Medical Center of the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands where he was an assistant professor. He also held an adjunct appointment as a senior research fellow at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment where he led the development of the health system performance assessment framework for the Netherlands. He was also a founding member of the scientific committee responsible for biennially reporting on Dutch healthcare performance to the Dutch Parliament. Arah also developed the health system performance assessment framework currently used by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). From 2006-2007, he was a visiting assistant professor at the Department of Epidemiology at UCLA.
Arah has won several awards, including a Netherlands postgraduate fellowship in medicine and health sciences, the Council of Science Editors and National Institutes of Health Award for "Outstanding Contribution to Global Health Policy and Practice," and the 2007 Young Scholar Award of the European Society for Philosophy, Medicine and Health Care. He is a recipient of internationally reviewed career development grants. The Netherlands government, European Commission, and National Institutes of Health fund his work.
Arah received his PhD from the University of Amsterdam and MPH, DSc and MSc degrees from Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands. He received his MD degree from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria.
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