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About Evans Afriyie-Gyawu

Biography, Disciplines and Teaching Interests

Dr. Evans Afriyie-Gyawu is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Environmental Health Sciences and Division Coordinator of Environmental Health Sciences, Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health at Georgia Southern University (GSU). He completed his Ordinary and Advanced Levels Secondary education at Kumasi Academy, Ashanti Region. Prof. Afriyie-Gyawu started his University education in Poland, and after two academic years, he moved to the United States where he completed his Undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science, Master of Public Health (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) and PhD in Toxicology at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.

Dr. Afriyie-Gyawu has been able to combine his backgrounds in Public Health and Toxicology to conduct research activities including those that involved human and animal subjects. He has presented his research at various scientific conferences and meetings in many states in the U.S, Ghana, Bangkok (Thailand), and Istanbul (Turkey). In fact, activities from a couple of the conferences in Ghana were featured as Health News on Ghana News Agency and received coverage on the National Television Station (GTV) and some FM Radio stations. Overall, he has published and co-authored 21 peer-reviewed articles, three book chapters and over 60 abstracts and proceedings to major scientific conferences and meetings.

Dr. Afriyie-Gyawu’s current research involves a combination of his professional backgrounds in Toxicology and Public Health, which has led to multiple studies in the areas of Food Safety/Toxicology and Environmental/Occupational Health in Ghana and the U.S. His relevant research activities include the following:

1.    Toxicological and public health impacts associated with utilization of scrap automobile tires for meat singeing in Ghana and other African countries – with four (4) focus areas:
a.      Emission of pollutants through smoke from burning of scrap tires and other fuel sources for meat singeing purposes in Ghana
b.      Environmental/Occupational health studies (cross-sectional designs) involving assessments of respiratory function and selected biomarkers of exposure to chemicals via tire-derived smoke among meat singeing operators
c.       Assessment of potential chemical contamination in meat singed with scrap tires
d.      Development of effective, economically feasible, sustainable, and culturally appropriate intervention strategies to address the “scrap tire–meat singeing” practice in Ghana and other countries with similar concerns.
2.      Physiological levels of select serum micronutrients and their influence on cancer mortality
3.      Application of enterosorbents to reduce the toxicological and adverse health effects associated with exposure to aflatoxins via contaminated foods

Disciplines: Environmental Health Sciences
Teaching Interests: Environmental Toxicology, Environmental Health, Toxicology and Health, Principles of Environmental Health

Positions

2014 - Present Associate Professor, Georgia Southern University Public Health, Jiann-Ping Hsu College of
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2014 - Present Fellow, Institute for Interdisciplinary STEM Education, Georgia Southern University Institute for Interdisciplinary STEM Education
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Present Associate Professor, Georgia Southern University Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Environmental Health Sciences, Department of
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2008 - 2014 Assistant Professor, Georgia Southern University
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Curriculum Vitae




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Honors and Awards

  • Recipient, National Dean’s List (1993)
  • Inductee, Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society (1994)
  • Recipient, Certificate of Recognition for Excellent Participation, Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society Texas Leadership Conference (1996)
  • Recipient, Opportunity Award Scholarship for Academic Excellence, Blinn College (1994 – 1997)
  • Recipient, President’s Scholar and Distinguished Student, Blinn College (1995 – 1997)
  • Selected to Represent Texas for Academic “Show-Casing” in a PTK International Conference held in the USA (1997)
  • Recipient, Recognition of Scholarly Achievements – All-USA Academic Team (1997)
  • Recipient, Letter of Recognition, State Representative Dan Kubiak, Texas All-State Academic Team (1997)
  • Recipient, First Team Award – Texas All-State Academic Team, Texas Association of Community Colleges and Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society (1997)
  • Competitive “Aggie Transfer Scholarship” for Outstanding Students Transferring to Texas A&M University (1997 – 1998)
  • Recipient, Excellent Leadership Award, Associate Dean for Research (2003)
  • Recipient, Certificate of Appreciation from the Society of Toxicology for Presenting a Poster to Diverse Groups of Undergraduate Students (2005)
  • Recipient, Certificate of Appreciation, R.E.A.D.Y. 2000, Inc. (2010)
  • Recipient, Certificate of Appreciation, Outstanding Inspirational Speech to High School students in the TRIO program and Parents/Guardians (a total of about 200 students and parents): 2010
  • Recipient, Certificate of Appreciation, Georgia Southern University Educational Opportunity Program (2010)
  • Recipient, Certificate of Appreciation, Public Health Students Association, Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health (2012)
  • Recipient, Public Health Student Association Champion Award (2011-2012)
  • Recipient, Award for Excellence in Service, Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, Georgia Southern University (2015-2016)

Courses

  • Practicum (through the Study Abroad Program in Ghana) for MPH students (PUBH 7790S)
  • Preceptorship (through the Study Abroad Program in Ghana) for DrPH students (PUBH 9790S)
  • Environmental Toxicology (ENVH 7234)
  • Environmental Health (PUBH 6532)
  • Food Safety and Health (PUBH 7090)
  • Public Health Funding & Grants (PUBH 9135)
  • Environment, Ethics and Equity (ENVH 7238)
  • Risk Assessment and Communication (ENVH 7237)
  • Environmental Exposure and Impact Analysis (ENVH 7233)
  • Graduate level Research Mentorship
  • Internship Abroad (through the Study Abroad Program in Ghana) for Undergraduates (INTS 4790S)
  • Public Health Lab courses (Analytical Research and Organic Research - CHEM 4890) for chemistry students at GSU

Education

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2004 Ph.D. in Toxicology, Texas A&M University
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2000 M.P.H. in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Texas A&M University
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1998 B.Sc. in Biomedical Science, Texas A&M University
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Contact Information

PO Box 8015
Statesboro, GA 30460
Phone: (912) 478-2292
Office: Hendricks Hall

Email:


Refereed Publications (21)

Book Chapters (3)

Peer-Reviewed Abstracts and Proceedings (57)