Bernard Owusu Agyare, M.P.H.
Bernard Owusu Agyare is a Doctoral student in the Global Infectious Disease program at Georgetown University. His research interests focus on finding innovative, practical, and sustainable approaches to infectious disease surveillance, detection, and response in conflict settings, and low-resourced areas, with a geographic focus on sub-Saharan Africa.
Bernard previously worked as a public health officer with the 37 Military Hospital, Accra, Ghana. During this time, Bernard deployed with the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) 2016-2017 and the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) 2018-2019. These were periods when these countries were battling Ebola epidemics, and Bernard leveraged his expertise in infectious disease surveillance and control to prevent outbreaks among peacekeepers and within UN operational bases. He also has expertise in field epidemiology, laboratory capacity strengthening, complex humanitarian emergencies, civilian-military cooperation (CIMIC), and community engagement. He has previously consulted for Public Health Practice, LLC, Atlanta, and the West African Health Organization (WAHO) to support strengthening member countries’ International Health Regulations (IHR) and Joint External Evaluation (JEE) capacities.
Bernard is a Fellow of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) and the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) Youth for Biosecurity Initiative, a recipient of the William H. Foege Fellowship Award, and a member of the Delta Omega honor society in public health. He holds an MPH in Global Health (Infectious Diseases) from the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, and a BSc. in Medical Laboratory Technology from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.