Marissa Mika, PhD, MHS
Assistant Professor and Head of Humanities and Social Sciences
Dr. Marissa Mika is Assistant Professor and founding Head of Humanities and Social Sciences at University of Global Health Equity. At UGHE, Dr. Mika oversees the initial six months of the MBBS program, which provides an immersive experience in writing and communication, African history, medical anthropology, social justice theory, and critical thinking skills. With colleagues at UGHE and leading scholars from across the globe, we provide our students with the tools to make connections between the social and the biological. Dr. Mika is also committed to developing and expanding critical medical humanities on the African continent and sees UGHE as an ideal location for re-centering power in global health initiatives.
Dr. Mika has worked in east Africa for a decade as a historian and anthropologist. She is currently completing a book on the history of the Uganda Cancer Institute. She has research forthcoming or published in a variety of different journals including The Canadian Journal of African Studies, Technology and Culture, Somatosphere, and Africa. Before coming to UGHE, Dr. Mika worked as a Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Research fellow on chronic diseases in Africa at University College London. She holds a PhD in the History and Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania and a MHS in International Health from Johns Hopkins. The Social Science Research Council, Wenner Gren Foundation, and Wellcome Trust among others have supported her research and scholarship.