Assistant Professor Olakunle (Kunle) Alonge has been with the Health Systems Program for four years, from when he joined in January 2013 as Assistant Scientist. In that time, he has taught implementation research and practice, and has focused his work on approaches to strengthening health systems, injury epidemiology, and evaluating the impact of child injury interventions.
Prior to coming to Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH), Kunle attended medical school at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. He served as the district health manager and medical director under the Ministry of Health in Bayelsa State in south Nigeria for four years, where he coordinated and oversaw the delivery of primary health care services.
When Kunle originally came to JHSPH to get his master’s, he focused on epidemiology and biostatistics. His priority was to get a thorough understanding on how to best do public health research. Upon getting his master’s, he served as county health manager and medical coordinator in Liberia, and later returned to working with JHSPH, joining the Hopkins team in Afghanistan. In Afghanistan, he assessed the performance of the health system and provided monitoring and evaluation services for technical assistance in strengthening health activities and research.
Kunle came back to the United States to get his PhD degree in the Department of International Health at JHSPH. In addition to serving as assistant scientist for the Health Systems Program, he also joined the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU), housed within the Program. He managed JH-IIRU’s program in Bangladesh on child drowning and worked on measuring and quantifying the burden of childhood injuries and likely interventions.
Currently, Kunle works mainly in three areas within the Health Systems Program: conducting research on implementation science, health systems strengthening strategies, and child injuries; teaching courses on implementation research and practices, health systems in low- and middle-income countries, and child injuries (confronting the burden of injuries, summary measures of population health); and providing mentorship and service for students in the Program by advising master’s students and serving as co-coordinator for the Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) program. Kunle is also co-director of the school-wide DrPH concentration in health equity and social justice, and serves as the section editor for the health systems section of the Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition.
Kunle hopes to continue to develop his skills in implementation science and evaluating complex interventions. His primary focus is on studying how to implement and evaluate health systems strengthening and child injuries interventions. He also aims to continue studying issues around access to health care, health equity and improving child health. Going forward he wants to continue making a difference in people’s lives by developing a body of work in implementation science, a body of work in systems science, and a body of work in child injuries. Read more about his work in his faculty profile.