Charles Okot Odongo, PhD

Assistant Professor and Head of the Department of Pharmacology

Charles has taught and examined courses in medical pharmacology for the last 12 years. Initially qualified as a Dental Surgeon in 2003, his passion for the basic sciences led him to pursue a Master of Science degree in pharmacology (2009) and a doctorate in pharmacology (with pharmacokinetics), completing in 2016, all from Makerere University, Kampala. Between October 2017 and December 2018, Charles held a post-doctoral tenure with Yale University. He served as the in-country team leader for Yale’s pre-clinical faculty serving as visiting professors at the A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine in Monrovia-Liberia. During this time, his passion for medical education was aroused and together with colleagues, experimented with several student-centered active learning strategies such as the flipped class and team-based learning. Charles has since become a strong proponent of the team-based learning pedagogy for medical education in Africa, given its resource-parsimony and ability to enhance learners’ soft skills. 

As a practicing clinician, Charles loves to draw on the most current clinical scenarios during class discussions, each time maintaining a conscious balance between what is technologically possible and that which is feasible in developing country set-ups.  With over fifteen research publications in peer-reviewed journals, Charles’ research interests broadly include maternal health and infectious diseases with a particular interest in antimicrobial stewardship. He has supervised several undergraduate and master’s student-research projects and examined several master’s degree dissertations at Makerere and Gulu University. Charles is committed to forging multi-disciplinary research teams at UGHE in order to tackle various aspects of tropical ill-health and other health conditions of significance to underprivileged communities globally.