Osama Ahmed Hassan Ahmed

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Visiting address Kirkeveien 166 Fredrik Holsts hus 0450 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1130 Blindern 0318 OSLO

Academic interests

  • Infectious Disease Epidemiology/ One Health Epidemiology
  • Global Health/ Global Health Security.
  • Infectious Disease and the One Health Policy
  • Disaster Epidemiology
  • Evaluation of Public Health Intervention

Courses taught

  • Infectious Disease Epidemiology- Bachelor of Medicine -Undergraduate - Umeå University-Sweden.
  • Global Health at the Animal, Human and Environment Interface- Global Health for Health Sector_ Undergraduate course. Umeå University-Sweden.
  • Catastrophic Medicine- Undergraduate Program- Umeå University-Sweden
  • Epidemiology- MSc of Public Health- Public Health Institute-Sudan
  • Communicable Diseases-MSc of Public Health- Public Health Institute-Sudan
  • Disaster Epidemiology- MSc of Disaster Management- Public Health Institute-Sudan
  • Research Methodology- MSc of Public Health- Public Health Institute-Sudan
  • Disaster Epidemiology at Public Health Response in Disasters- MSc Mundus Public Health in Disaster-Karolinska Institute-Sweden.


  • PhD in Epidemiology and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå University, Sweden (2016)
  • MBA/Project Management, University of Medical Sciences and Technology, Sudan (2012)
  • MSc Public Health Epidemiology (120 ECTS), Faculty of Medicine, Umeå University, Sweden (2010)
  • BSc (Hon) of Veterinary Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Sciences, University of Nyala, Sudan (1999)

Dr. Osama Ahmed Hassan Ahmed is an infectious disease epidemiologist/One Health epidemiologist with main interest on “The One Health approach”. He has been studying emerging zoonotic diseases and neglected tropical diseases for over 15 years in East Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.

His research interest focuses on better approaches to outbreak investigation and response, innovative tools for surveillance system for early detection of emerging zoonotic diseases and neglected tropical diseases. In addition, risk communication during such outbreaks as well improvement of compliance with International Health Regulations (IHR) related to zoonotic transboundary diseases and Global Health Security. A part from that he is tackling Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR) from the “One Health” perspectives.

His substantial experience on both limited resources and high income countries made him committed to focus on using his findings to improve policy to better confront emerging zoonotic diseases and Neglected Tropical Diseases on a regional and global scale aligning with the aims of the Global Sustainable Development Goals.

Dr. Osama has extensive international field experience as infectious disease epidemiologist in Africa and Middle East and he has joined expert missions as consultant epidemiologist with ministry of health-Sudan/Global Fund, UN/FAO and EU/Health commission. He is practicing knowledge value chain where he creates knowledge through research and transfer it through teaching and capacity building of others and then apply this knowledge in the field through consultancies to make an impact on policies and life of people. Therefore, His work is based on the three pillars of research, education and implementation (consultancy).

Dr. Osama worked earlier at Federal Ministry of Health, Sudan as epidemiologist and national control program coordinator for Mycetoma for some time and then he joined Public Health Institute where he was researcher epidemiologist and lecturer until he became the head of the epidemiology and diseases control department. He later joined Umeå University, Sweden for a while but he also worked as guest lecturer at Karoliniska Institute, Sweden. Now he is Postdoctoral Research Fellow of "One Health" at the Center for Global Health, Department of Community Medicine and Global Health, Institute of Health and Society, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, Norway. He is responsible for the “One Health” signatory theme at the Center.


1.            Hassan OA, Ahlm C, Sang R, Evander M (2011) .The 2007 Rift Valley Fever Outbreak in Sudan. PLos Neglected Tropical Diseases. 5(9): e1229.

2.            Hassan OA, Ahlm C, Evander M (2014). A need for One Health approach - lessons learned from outbreaks of Rift Valley fever in Saudi Arabia and Sudan. Infection Ecology and Epidemiology. 2014 .Feb 4;4. doi: 10.3402/iee.v4.20710.

3.            Mosomtai G, Evander M, Sandström P, Ahlm C, Sang R, Hassan OH, Affognon H, Landmann T (2016). Association of ecological factors with Rift Valley fever occurrence and mapping of risk zones in Kenya. International Journal of Infectious Diseases. doi:10.1016/j.ijid.2016.03.013.

4.            Hassan OA (2016). Rift Valley Fever: Challenges and New Insights for Prevention and Control Using the “One Health” Approach.  Umeå University medical dissertations, ISSN 0346-6612 ; 1858. URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-127095.

5.            Hassan OA, Affognon H, Rocklöv J, Mburu P, Sang R, Ahlm C, et al. (2017) The One Health approach to identify knowledge, attitudes and practices that affect community involvement in the control of Rift Valley fever outbreaks. PLos Neglected Tropical Diseases 11(2): e0005383. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0005383.

6.            Affognon H, Mburu P, Hassan OA, Kingori S, Ahlm C, Sang R, Evander M (2017). Ethnic Groups' Knowledge, Attitude and Practices and Rift Valley Fever Exposure in Isiolo County of Kenya. PLos Neglected Tropical Diseases http://journals.plos.org/plosntds/article?id=10.1371/journal.pntd.0005405.

  • Ahmed, Mohamed E; Ahmed, Osama Ahmed Hassan; Khalifa, Abdelrahman K A; Elobied, Eyhab; Osman, Ahmed A A; Brair, Sara Lavinia; Ahmed, Osama I E; Elfadul, Maisa M A; Cremers, Anne L & Grobusch, Martin P. (2018). Echinococcosis in Tambool, Central Sudan: a knowledge, attitude and practice (KAP) study. International Health.  ISSN 1876-3413.  10(6), s 490- 494 . doi: 10.1093/inthealth/ihy055
  • Ahmed, Osama Ahmed Hassan; Ahlm, Clas; Sang, Rosemary & Evander, Magnus (2011). The 2007 Rift Valley Fever Outbreak in Sudan.. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases.  ISSN 1935-2727. . doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0001229

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