Juliet N. Sekandi

Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Global Health Institute
Assistant Professor
Graduate Coordinator, Certificate in Global Health

Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Global Health Institute

Dr. Juliet Sekandi is a physician, public health and global health expert in the field of Tuberculosis, HIV, health service research and maternal health. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and works full-time in the Global Health Institute, both in the College of Public Health at the University of Georgia.

Dr. Sekandi’s research work has mainly focused on active case finding undiagnosed tuberculosis and HIV infected persons in urban communities in Uganda. The underlying premise of her work is that early detection of infectious cases of TB will shorten the delays in seeking effective treatment and thus interrupt transmission. Her current research interests have expanded to the field of mobile health (mHealth) which focuses on the use of mobile technology to bridge gaps in health service delivery in developing countries.

She holds degrees in Medicine and Surgery from Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Uganda, Masters of Science from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) from the University of Georgia.

  • Education
    • MD, School of Medicine, Mbarara University of Science and Technology
    • MS, Department of Epidemiology, Case Western Reserve University
    • DrPH, College of Public Health, University of Georgia
  • Areas of Expertise
    • Infectious disease- Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS
    • Epidemiologic study designs and implementation
    • Health Services Research
    • Cost and cost-effectiveness analysis
    • Mobile Health research
    • Maternal health

    epidemiology, public health, health services research, global health

  • Honors, Awards, and Achievements
    • Best Graduate Research, Department of Epidemiology, Case Western Universit
    • National Institutes of Health-International 2-year Scholarship Award
    • NIH Fogarty International 5-year Scholarship Award
    • NIH Scholarship Award for Mobile Health Research Training
    • Selected Member of Delta Omega National Honorary Society in Public Health
    • University of Georgia, Lilly Teaching Fellowship Award
  • Affiliations
    • Delta Omega National Honorary Society in Public Health
    • Uganda Medical Doctors Association
    • Uganda Women Medical Doctors Association
    • International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases (IUATLD) & Member of TB and Immigration working group
    • International AIDS Society
    • Society for Medical Decision Making
    • Uganda Society for Health Scientists
  • Course Instruction

    GLOB3100E: Introduction to Global Health
    GLOB7100: Fundamentals of Global Health

  • Research Interests
    • Tuberculosis & HIV/AIDS Active Case Finding and Linkage to Care
    • Urban Community-based Health Research
    • Patient Satisfaction with Health Care
    • Mobile Health (mHealth)- Using Mobile Technology for Health Care Delivery
    • Evaluation of Cost and Cost-effectiveness of Health Interventions
    • Maternal and Reproductive Health
    • Operations Research/ Health Services Research
    • Implementation Science
  • Selected Publications

    J. N. Sekandi, D. Neuhauser, K. Smyth, C.C Whalen. Active Case Finding of Undiagnosed Tuberculosis among chronic coughers in a slum setting community in Kampala, Uganda. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis , 2009, 13(4):508-513

    Nabbuye-Sekandi J, Okot-Chono R, Rusen ID, Dlodlo RA, Katamba A, Tumwesigye NM, Fujiwara PI. Factors Associated with HIV testing among TB patients receiving treatment at health facilities in Uganda. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2010 Jul; 14(7):896-902.

    J. Nabbuye-Sekandi, F. Makumbi, A. Kasangaki, I.B Kizza, J. Tugumisirize, E. Nshimye, S. Mbabali, F. Makumbi, D. Peters. Patient Satisfaction with outpatient care at Mulago Hospital, Uganda. International Journal for quality in health care. July 2011; 23(5): 516-532

    Sekandi JN, Sempeera H, List J, Mugerwa MA, Asiimwe S, Yin X, Whalen,CC. High Acceptability of Home-based HIV Counseling and Testing in an Urban Community Setting in Uganda. BMC Public Health 2011, 11: 730

    Sawsan Elbireer , David Guwatudde, Peter Mudiope, Juliet Nabbuye-Sekandi, Yukari C. Manabe. Tuberculosis treatment default among HIV-TB co- infected patients in urban Uganda. Trop Med Int Health. 2011 Aug; 16(8): 981-987

    6.Juliet Nabbuye Sekandi, Hassard Sempeera, Justin List, Christopher Whalen. Missed opportunity for tuberculosis case detection in household contacts in a high burden setting. The Pan African Medical Journal. 2012 May;12:8

    Juliet N. Sekandi, Justin List, Henry Luzze, Xiaoping Yin, Kevin Dobbin, Phaedra S. Corso, James Oloya, Alphonse Okwera, Christopher C. Whalen. The Yield of Undetected Tuberculosis and Human Immunodeficiency Virus from Active Case Finding in Urban Uganda Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2014 Jan; 18(1):13-19

    Juliet N. Sekandi, Sarah Zalwango, Robert Kakaire, Andreas Handel, Leonardo Martinez, Allan K Nkwata, Amara E Ezeamama, Noah Kiwanuka, Christopher C Whalen. Four Degrees of Separation: Social Contacts and Health Providers Influence the Steps to Final Diagnosis of Active Tuberculosis Patients in Urban Uganda, 2015 Aug 21; BMC Infect. Dis 15:36

    Juliet N. Sekandi, Kevin Dobbin, James Oloya, Alphonse Okwera, Christopher C. Whalen, Phaedra S. Corso. Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Community Active Case Finding and Household Contact Investigation for Tuberculosis Case Detection in Urban Africa PLoS ONE, 2015; 10(2)

    Florence N. Kizza, Justin List, Allan K. Nkwata, Alphonse Okwera, Amara E. Ezeamama, Christopher C. Whalen, Juliet N. Sekandi. Prevalence of Latent Tuberculosis Infection and Associated Risk Factors in an Urban African Setting. BMC Infectious Disease 2015 15:165

    Amara E Ezeamama, Ezekiel Mupere, James Oloya, Leonardo Martinez, Robert Kakaire, Xiaoping Yin, Juliet N Sekandi, Christopher C Whalen. Age, Sex & Nutritional Status Modify CD4+T-Cell Recovery Rate in HIV/Tuberculosis Co-infected Patients on cART. International Journal of Infectious Diseases, 2015 Jun;35:73-9

    Mendel OG, King SK and Sekandi JN. Vaccination Coverage and Sustaining Control of Measles in Africa: A Global Health Perspective. SM Vaccine Vaccin. 2015;1(2):1007

    Henry Nsubuga, Juliet N Sekandi, Hassard Sempeera, Fredrick E Makumbi. Contraceptive Use, Knowledge, Attitude, Perceptions and Sexual Behavior among Female University Students in Uganda: A Cross-sectional Survey, BMC Women’s Health 2016 16 (6)

    Martinez L, Sekandi JN, Castellanos ME, Zalwango, S, Whalen CC. Infectiousness of HIV Seropositive Tuberculosis Patients in a High-burden African Setting. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. May 2016