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Guy-Lucien Whembolua

Title: Assistant Professor
Office: 3605 French Hall
Tel: 513-556-2423
Email: guy-lucien.whembolua@uc.edu
Web: http://afrolab1.wordpress.com/

Dr. Whembolua is a behavioral scientist with general expertise in public health in low-income countries (global health), immigrant health and substance use among underserved populations (health disparities). He currently serves as the director of the Global Health Studies certificate and the Africana Health research laboratory, a global health research laboratory. He is an Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management in the department of Africana studies at the University of Cincinnati.

Professor Whembolua is the current Chair-Elect of the American Public Health Association Caucus on Refugee and Immigrant Health.


  • Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, University Park (Biobehavioral Health).

Research Information

Research Interests

  • Infectious diseases in low-income countries
  • Immigrant health
  • Substance use among underserved populations


Peer-reviewed Publications

  • Whembolua GL, Conserve DF. Thomas K., Handler L. (2017). A Systematic Review of HIV Serostatus Disclosure among African Immigrants in Europe. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, Aug;19 (4), 947-958.
  • Ilunga Tshiswaka D, Whembolua GL, Conserve DF. (2017). A Qualitative Analysis of Newspaper Response to the Ebola Outbreak in Central Africa. Africology: The Journal of Pan African Studies, Vol.10, No.1, March 2017, 1 (March), 224.
  • Conserve DF, Whembolua GL, Surkan PJ (2016). Attitudes Toward Intimate Partner Violence and Associations With Condom Use Among Men in Haiti: An Analysis of the Nationally Representative Demographic Health Survey. J Interpers Violence, 31(6):989-1006. (6), 989-1006.
  • Conserve DF, Iwelunmor J, Whembolua GL, Sofolahan-Oladeinde Y, Teti M, Surkan PJ (2016). Factors Associated With HIV Testing Among Men in Haiti: Results From the 2012 Demographic and Health Survey. Am J Mens Health, Mar 9.
  • Whembolua GL, Conserve DF, IlungaTshiswaka D. (2015). Cultural Identity and Health Promotion: Assessing a Health Education Campaign Targeting African Immigrants in France. (8) :23-39 . Journal of Pan African Studies July, 8 (2), 23.
  • Whembolua GL, Conserve DF, Gott M (2014). Racial Profiling: the Afro-French Experience. Black Diaspora Review, 4 (2), 16-34.
  • Ilunga Tshiswaka D., Whembolua GL, Conserve DF,Mwamba M. (2014). Factors Associated with Health Insurance Coverage and Health Insurance Knowledge among Congolese Immigrants in Illinois. Journal of Public Health, 22, 497.
  • Okuyemi, K. S., Goldade, K., Whembolua, G., Thomas, J. L., Eischen, S., Sewali, B., Guo, H., Connett, J. E., Grant, J., Ahluwalia, J. S., Resnicow, K., Owen, G., Gelberg, L., & Des Jarlais, D. (2013). Motivational interviewing to enhance nicotine patch treatment for smoking cessation among homeless smokers: a randomized controlled trial.. Addiction (Abingdon, England), 108 (6), 1136-44.
  • Harcourt, N., Ghebre, R. G., Whembolua, G., Zhang, Y., Warfa Osman, S., & Okuyemi, K. S. (2013). Factors Associated with Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Behavior Among African Immigrant Women in Minnesota.. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health / Center For Minority Public Health.
  • Whembolua, G., Davis, J. T., Reitzel, L. R., Guo, H., Thomas, J. L., Goldade, K. R., Okuyemi, K. S., & Ahluwalia, J. S. (2012). .Subjective social status predicts smoking abstinence among light smokers.. American Journal of Health Behavior, 36 (5), 639-46.
  • Goldade, K., Burgess, D., Olayinka, A., Whembolua, G., & Okuyemi, K. S. (2012). Applying anthropology to eliminate tobacco-related health disparities.. Nicotine & Tobacco Research : Official Journal of the Society For Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, 14 (6), 631-8.

Book Chapters

  • Banjo O, Whembolua GL, Howard S, Frederick N, *Lindsey (2015). As Seen on TV: Hip Hop Images and Health Consequences in the Black Community”. In Earl Wright (Eds.), The Research Companion to Black Sociology (pp.223-240). Ashgate Publishing Company.

Honors & Awards

  • McNair Faculty Mentor of the Year, University of Cincinnati, 2015.
  • Emerging Scholars Interdisciplinary Network Fellow, 2011. Program in Applied Multi-Ethnic Research at the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, .
  • Ardeth and Norman Frisbey International Award , 2000. for exemplary contributions furthering international understanding, Pennsylvania State University.

Experience & Service

Post Graduate training and Education

  • Program in Health Disparities Research, Postdoctoral Associate, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis,MN.

Courses Taught

    Level: Undergraduate

    Level: Undergraduate

    Level: Undergraduate

  • Global Health Equity
    Global Health Equity
    Level: Undergraduate

  • AFST 2052
    AFST 2052

    Level: Graduate