Elijah O. Onsomu, PhD, MPH, MS, CHES

Assistant Professor

Email onsomue@wssu.edu
Phone (336) 750-2279
Office 117 F.L. Atkins Modular Unit

Dr. Elijah Onsomu is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Winston-Salem State University. He received his PhD in Health Services Research in 2010 from the College of Health and Human Services at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He also completed a professional Master in Public Health (MPH) in 2006 from the Northwest Ohio Consortium for Public Health (NOCPH; Department of Public and Allied Health, Bowling Green State University and Department of Public Health & Preventive Medicine, College of Medicine–University of Toledo), a MS in Human Resource Development in 2003 from Indiana State University, and a BA(Hons) Upper Division in Economics and Sociology in 1999 from the School of Economics and Faculty of Arts, University of Nairobi. Elijah is a 2009-2010 Population Reference Bureau Fellow in Policy Communication (Population and Health). He is also a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES).

Elijah teaches undergraduate and graduate courses. He has taught courses in nursing and other departments. The courses include, Research Methods, Applied Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Social Determinants of Health, Health Care Quality Improvement and Evaluation among other courses. His service extend at the National, University, School of Health Sciences and Division of Nursing levels. Recently, he was the recipient of the School of Health Sciences scholarship award for research. Elijah studies Health Services Research and Public Health approaches to promoting population health. His research focuses on the Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS, Maternal and Child Health, Domestic Violence, and High-Risk Sexual Behaviors. He has published numerous peer-reviewed research studies in Maternal and Child Health Journal, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Journal of Health Communication, Journal of the National Medical Association, Journal of Religion and Health, Journal of School Violence, African Journal of Reproductive Health, North Carolina Medical Journal, Prospects, Journal of Best Practices in Health Professions Diversity: Res, Educ and Policy among others. He has also received research funding as principal investigator or co-investigator.

Dr. Onsomu uses various methodological and analytical approaches in Health Services Research and Public Health. He has experience in various statistical software’s such as SPSS and STATA (advanced level) for data analyses. He has taught numerous statistical topics while utilizing SPSS software in a lab setting, with student oriented statistical software use and training. He has conducted research independently using various analytical methods working with complex surveys and datasets. Some areas beyond basic analyses include; one-way analyses of variance (ANOVA) and Kruskal-Wallis H-Test; N-Way ANOVA, MANOVA, and ANCOVA; simple and multiple linear regression; principal component and factor analysis; large complex survey data; multivariate logistic regression; multivariate ordered logistic regression; multivariate multinomial logistic regression; longitudinal (penal and time series-cross sectional); path analysis among others.

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Onsomu's Vitae.


2010    PhD, Health Services Research, College of Health and Human Services, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

2006    MPH, Public Health (Administration), Northwest Ohio Consortium for Public Health, Department of Public and Allied Health, Bowling Green State University & Department of Public Health & Preventive Medicine, College of Medicine-University of Toledo

2003    MS, Human Resource Development, Indiana State University

1999    BA (Hons), Economics and Sociology, University of Nairobi

Research Interests

  • Health Services Research
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Domestic Violence
  • Epidemiology
  • Complex Survey Data Analysis