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2022    Master of Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Cape Town, South Africa
2019   B.S, Wildlife Health, Makerere University, Uganda

While earning his Masters in Public Health degree at the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa, Jacob served as a teaching and research assistant in the UCT Department of Public Health and Family Medicine. He was engaged in examining and modelling the burden of chronic diseases in Africa.

Jacob has an interest in epidemiology and spatiotemporal patterns of infectious diseases, especially in tropical zoonotic infections and vector-borne infections and their transmission dynamics. He is the first author of the article “Cryptosporidium and giardia species in newly and previously habituated gorillas and nearby water sources in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda” published in the Pan African Medical Journal. He has an article under review by the PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases journal.

At the Third One Health Central and Eastern Africa International One Health Conference held in Uganda in July 2019, Jacob presented a poster titled "Canine rabies vaccination and sensitization: Demonstration of efficient multidisciplinary community health intervention."

While studying in the PHP program, Jacob would like to focus his research on integration of epidemiological and spatial techniques to better understand the distribution and determinants of the heterogeneity of health states within the population.