Doctor of Public Health (Health Leadership, Policy and Management)
The Gillings Global School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
North Carolina U.S.A (2012 – 2015)
Dissertation topic: Using a Learning Collaborative to Implement Patient-Centered Medical Homes in the State of Maryland: What are Facilitators and Barriers? Degree awarded August 4, 2015
Master of Public Health in Health Economics
University of Cape Town, South Africa (2001 – 2002)
Dissertation Topic: Equity implications in the public-private mix health resources distribution: A Case of Kampala District, Uganda. Degree awarded in December 2002
Master of Business Administration
Makerere University, Kampala Uganda (1995 – 1997)
Dissertation topic: Benchmarking in manufacturing industry in Uganda. Degree awarded January 1999
Post Graduate Diploma in Industrial Project Cycle Management
Maastricht School of Management, Netherlands (1998)
Bachelor of Pharmacy with Honors
Makerere University, Kampala Uganda (1989 – 1993)
Degree awarded in January 1994
Dr. Deus Bazira is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and the founding Director of Center for International Health, Education and Biosecurity (CIHEB) within the Institute of Human Virology under the School of Medicine. He oversees strategy development, business development, center corporate development, partnership development, center program operations and human capital development. He is responsible for program revenue generation, program growth, expansion and diversification under the center. The Center employs more than 300 staff and faculty based at HQ and in the field in different countries. The Center’s budget in 2017 is more than $60 Million. Dr. Bazira’s responsibility includes managing multi-country HIV prevention, care, and treatment and several education, research and institutional strengthening programs in several countries including Botswana, Haiti, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zambia. Currently, programs under CIHEB provide care and support to more than 500,000 people living with HIV and other related illnesses in several countries. DR. Bazira tenure at UMB has included various assignments including more recently as Managing Director for Global Health under the multi-campus Office for Global Initiatives (from June 2010 – May 2013) and has been since 2010 Vice President for Maryland Global Initiatives Corporation – an affiliate of UMB that serves as an administrative and compliance platform for implementation of UMB programs outside the USA – a position he still holds.
Dr. Bazira has more than 20 years of experience in global health and health systems strengthening with field working experience in more than 15 countries spanning health policy development, health sector regulation, public health programming, pharmaceutical policy and market development, health financing focusing on health insurance markets and performance based financing, patient-centered primary care systems development, health care improvement solutions and implementation science research.
Earlier on, Dr. Bazira worked as a Senior Lecturer in health economics at the University of Cape Town’s Health Economics Unit in the School of Public Health and Family Medicine where he also managed the premier Oliver Tambo Health Leadership & Management Fellowship Program co-implemented by South Africa Government’s Department of Health. He has undertaken research in public-private mix issues in health, private health insurance, health financing under decentralized systems, pharmaceutical regulation, hospital governance and efficiency. Current research interests include diffusion of health innovations with a particular focus on implementation of Patient-Centered Medial Home (PCMH) in the USA and its implications in resource-limited settings. He is also involved in ongoing research focused on efficient models for delivery of primary care services in resource-limited settings. His other experience includes management and consulting work in health governance and pharmaceutical industry in Uganda, South Africa, Zambia, Kenya, Nigeria, Malawi, China and India. Other public health work has included management of a social marketing program in Uganda that was responsible for introduction of Insecticide Treated Nets (ITNs) in the country for prevention of malaria and was Secretary General & President of the Uganda Pharmaceutical Society and Chair of the Pharmacy Council – organizations that regulate pharmacy practice in the country. More recently he was a consultant at Results for Development (R4D), a Washington DC based policy, consulting and research non-profit that focuses on international development issues. His consulting focus was on health market innovations and analytics under the Center for Health Market Innovations and AIDS financing work that included supporting the Global Fund for Fighting TB, AIDS and Malaria (GFATM) to develop more effective counterpart financing strategies.
Dr. Bazira holds a Doctorate in Public Health (Leadership, Policy and Management) from the Gillings Global School of Public Health at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (where he was also a distinction recipient of the Arthur B. Holzworth Endowed Scholarship in Health Leadership in 2013), Master of Public Health degree in Health Economics from University of Cape Town, South Africa, a Master of Business Administration in Corporate Strategy and Bachelor of Pharmacy degree with honors, both from Makerere University, Uganda and a post-graduate Diploma with distinction in Industrial Project Cycle Management from Maastricht School of Management, Maastricht Netherlands.
Primary care reform; Innovations in health care delivery and impact on health outcomes; HIV/AIDS; Global health; Health care financing and affordability; Health care quality improvement
1. AID-623-A-12-00015 Manyonyi (PI) 03/15/2012-12/31/2017 USAID/AMREF APHIAplus IMARISHA Project in Kenya
The goal of this project is to increase the demand for and availability of an integrated package of quality high-impact interventions at facility levels in the individual counties of Marsarbit, Isiolo, Samburu, Garissa and Tana River (Bazira – Co-PI).
2. U2G GH000095-02 Mecha (PI) 09/30/2011-09/29/2016CDC/University of Nairobi, Central Province Response Integration, Strengthening & Sustainability Project (CRISSP)
The goal of this project is to provide technical assistance to implementing partners by supporting the development and implementation of a technical assistance strategy to address gaps identified by the needs assessment. (Bazira: Co-PI)
3. U2- PACE Redfield (PI)
DHHS/CDC 04/01/15- 03/31/2020 $24,500,000
Partnership for Advanced Clinical Education (PACE) Botswana
This grant recently awarded provide technical assistance and advanced clinical education to country of Botswana with overall goal of increasing countries overall capacity to operationalize board ARV treatment to all person with HIV infection country as strategy for HIV epidemic control and prevention (treatment as prevention) (Bazira: Co-PI)