John Olawepo


Associate Clinical Professor

Public Health and Health Sciences

Research Interests

Global Health, maternal and child health, obesity, implementation science


Dr. Olawepo’s research explores chronic illnesses among people living with HIV. He does research in global health, HIV, maternal & child health, and obesity. He is also interested in implementation science.

Dr Olawepo received his medical training from the University of Ilorin in Nigeria and postgraduate training in Public Health from the University of London, United Kingdom, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA. He has over ten years of clinical, programmatic, and research experience working on CDC, USAID, and NIH grants.

Recent Publications

Olawepo, J.O., Pharr, J.R., Kabir, R., & Olutola, A. (2021). Healthcare providers’ perceptions of overweight and obesity among people living with HIV in Nigeria: A qualitative assessment. Qualitative Health Research.

Eboreime, E.A., Olawepo, J.O., Banke-Thomas, A., Abejirinde, I.O., & Abimbola, S. (2020). Appraising and addressing design and implementation failure in global health: A pragmatic framework. Global Public Health. doi: 10.1080/17441692.2020.1814379.

Olawepo, J.O., Pharr, J.R., Cross, C.L., Kachen, A., Olakunde, B.O., & Sy, F.S. (2020). Changes in body mass index among people living with HIV who are new on highly active antiretroviral therapy: A systematic review and meta-analysis. AIDS Care, DOI: 10.1080/09540121.2020.1770181

Olawepo, J.O., & Chen, L.-W.A. (2019). Health benefits from upgrading public buses for cleaner air: A case study of Clark County, Nevada, and the United States. Int J Environ Res Public Health, 16(5), 720.

Olawepo, J.O., Pharr, J.R., & Kachen, A. (2018). The use of social marketing campaigns to increase HIV testing: A systematic review. AIDS Care, 31(2), 153-162.


PHTH 1270: Introduction to Global Health

PHTH 4120: Global Perspectives on Discrimination and Health