Ben E. Wodi, Health Department, spent the summer as a visiting professor at the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. While there, he reviewed the university’s Master of Public Health and Master of Science in Public Health degree program proposals. Wodi is currently working with SUNY Albany School of Public Health to enable the University of Port Harcourt to pursue the United States Council on Education for Public Health Accreditation (CEPH) for the proposed degree programs.
Wodi is working with SUNY Cortland administration to explore the possibility of a partnership between University of Port Harcourt and SUNY Cortland. The University of Port Harcourt has expressed interest in student and faculty exchanges involving academic and cross-cultural endeavors.
As a Scholar in Residence, Wodi gave two public lectures. “Carbon Footprints, Climate Change and Public Health in Sub-Saharan Africa” was delivered to the university community. “Optimizing Health-care Delivery in the Rivers State of Nigeria Through Primary Health Care: The Role of Stake Holders,” was delivered to the Nigerian Medical Association, Rivers State Branch, at its Aug. 4 annual conference.
In addition, Wodi granted an extensive radio interview on “The Role of Primary Health Care in Nigeria’s Health Care Delivery System.” He granted a similar interview on “Energy Exploration and Public Health in Nigeria” to the editor-in-chief and chief executive officer of Energy Information Services of Nigeria Wodi was subsequently appointed a columnist for the Nigerian Energy Chronicles, Nigeria’s premier energy weekly, which is also published online.