Charles Okot Odongo, PhD

Assistant Professor and Head of the Department of Pharmacology Division of Basic Medical Sciences

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.