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Guy-Lucien Whembolua

Title: Associate Professor
Office: 3605 French Hall
Tel: 513-556-2423
Email: whembogn@ucmail.uc.edu
Web: http://afrolab1.wordpress.com/

Dr. Whembolua is an Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management in the department of Africana studies and an affiliate faculty in the College of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati. As behavioral scientist, his research explores interdisciplinary approaches to the study of infectious diseases in low-income countries (global health), immigrant health and behavioral factors influencing health among underserved populations (health disparities). He is the director of the Global Health Studies certificate.

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


  • Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, University Park (Biobehavioral Health).
  • Certificate, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis (Health Disparities & Community-Based Research).

Research Information

Research Interests

  • Infectious diseases in low-income countries
  • Immigrant health
  • Behavioral factors influencing health among underserved populations


Peer-reviewed Publications

  • Ilunga Tshiswaka D, Ibe-Lamberts K, Whembolua GL, Fapohunda A, Tull ES. (2018). Going to the Gym is not Congolese’s Culture”: Examining Attitudes toward Physical Activity and Risk for Type-2 Diabetes among Congolese Immigrants. . The Diabetes Educator, Feb (44), 94-102.
  • Whembolua GL, Conserve DF, Thomas K, Ilunga Tshiswaka D,Handler L (2018). HIV Serostatus Disclosure in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: a Systematic Review. Aids Care, Aug (15), 1-5.
  • Conserve DF, Iwelunmor J, Whembolua GL, Sofolahan-Oladeinde Y, Teti M, Surkan PJ (2017). Factors Associated With HIV Testing Among Men in Haiti: Results From the 2012 Demographic and Health Survey. Am J Mens Health, 11 (5), 1322 - 1330.
  • 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.
  • Whembolua GL, Conserve DF, Ilunga Tshiswaka D (2017). Socio-cultural Factors Influencing the Ebola Virus Disease-related Stigma among African Immigrants in the United States. Irinkerindo: a Journal of African Migration, December (9), 114-136.
  • Oluwoye OA, Whembolua GL, Merianos AL (2017). Extending the reach: The influence of social media and culture on substance use among African and African American males. Spectrum: A Journal on Black Men, 6 (1), 59-75 .
  • 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.
  • 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, Kolawole S; Goldade, Kate; Whembolua, GL; Thomas, Janet L; Eischen, Sara; Sewali, Barrett; Guo, Hongfei; Connett, John E; Grant, Jon; Ahluwalia, Jasjit S; Resnicow, Ken; Owen, Greg; Gelberg, Lillian; Des Jarlais, Don (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, Nonyelum; Ghebre, Rahel G; Whembolua, GL; Zhang, Yan; Warfa Osman, S; Okuyemi, Kolawole 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, GL; Davis, Julia T; Reitzel, Lorraine R; Guo, Hongfei; Thomas, Janet L; Goldade, Kate R; Okuyemi, Kola S; Ahluwalia, Jasjit S (2012). .Subjective social status predicts smoking abstinence among light smokers.. American journal of health behavior, 36 (5), 639-46.
  • Goldade, Kate; Burgess, Diana; Olayinka, Abimbola; Whembolua, GL; Okuyemi, Kolawole 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”. The Research Companion to Black Sociology (pp.223-240). Ashgate Publishing Company.

Honors & Awards

  • E-learning Champion, Center for Excellence in eLearning, 2018.
  • Rising Stars Award, Mcmicken College of Arts & Sciences, 2017.
  • Excellence in Scholarship, UC Black Faculty Association, 2017.
  • Faculty Mentor of the Year, McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program, 2015.
  • Emerging Scholars Interdisciplinary Network Fellow, 2011. University of Michigan.

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

    Level: Graduate