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Bojosi Gamontle

PhD-Occupational & Environmental Hygiene
School of Population and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine
Bojosi Gamontle
School of Population and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine
Thesis: Mycobacterium tuberculosis exposure and infection in health care workers in Botswana
Degrees: Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (2003) La Trobe University, MPH-Environmental & Occupational Health (2008) University of Arizona
Committee Members:
  • Dr Karen Bartlett, School of Population and Public Health
  • Dr George Astrakianakis, School of Population and Public Health
  • Dr Bonnie Henry, School of Population and Public Health
  • Dr Elizabeth Bryce, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, UBC
  • Dr Kim McGrail, School of Population and Public Health

Awards & Scholarships

  • Bridge CIHR/MSFHR Strategic Training (2009-2012)
  • 4YF University of British Columbia (2009-2013)
  • International Partial Tuition Scholarship (2009-2016)
  • Fulbright Fellow, University of Arizona (2006-2008)
  • Botswana Government Scholarship, Latrobe University (1998-2002)

Internship Positions

  • Princess Marina Hospital, Gaborone, Botswana (June 2007- July 2007). Internship was a requirement of the University of Arizona's Master of Public Health Program
  • A hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (January 2014 - May 2014). The Internship was a requirement of the Bridge program. I was responsible primarily for the data collection of the research project entitled "Characterisation of Bioaerosols in Healthcare settings".

Work Experience

Current:

Teaching Assistant (January - April 2016); Basic Epidemiology for Infection Control

Course Content

1.Introduction to Epidemiologic Thinking and Measurement
2.Statistical Language for Surveillance and Outbreak Investigation
3.Surveillance of Nosocomial Infections
4.Outbreak Investigation
5.Critical Evaluation of the Medical Literature
6.Study Designs
7.Infection Control Continuum: acute care to the community

 

Past Work Experience

After completing Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, I worked in a six-hundred bed general hospital, Princess Marina Hospital (PMH), in Gaborone, Botswana, where my primary responsibilities included; devising patient-centered intervention strategies for adult  patients presenting with different diseases, such as; cerebro-vascular, diabetes, spinal cord and other musculo-skeletal injuries, lymphoma and other cancers. I also assessed and devised intervention strategies for paediatric patients presented with varied conditions such as cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities, learning disabilities, burns and other conditions. I also conducted workplace assessments for patients undergoing occupational rehabilitation as well as home assessments and wheelchair training for spinal cord injury patients.

I worked for four years as an Occupational Therapist after which I enrolled in a Master of Public Health course at the University of Arizona where I concentrated in Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH) - under the Fulbright Scholarship. During my MPH studies, I interned at Princess Marina Hospital where I conducted hazard assessment in some hospital departments. The internship was part of the requirements of the MPH program at the University of Arizona. In addition to the internship, the Environmental and Occupational Health concentration of the MPH, required its students to independently conduct a research project. Since my research interests were health care workers, I decided to continue this focus and I conducted a research project which assessed back injury and other muskulo-skeletal injuries in health care workers using workers' compensation data from a teaching hospital in Tucson, Arizona. The research project culminated in a thesis and thesis defense, which were both the requirement of the program.

Following completion of the MPH, I went back to Botswana where I worked briefly at Princess Marina Hospital where I previously worked as an Occupational Therapist, my functioning job title was changed to Occupational and Environmental Health officer. I worked for about seven months during which, I assisted in initiating the hospital's first Occupational Health and Safety committee; I also collaborated with other national departments such as Waste Management to conduct an exposure assessment in one of the hospital departments. The latter was coupled with education sessions to the workers in that department regarding exposures in their unit and how to miminise those. At the beginning of 2009, I applied for a new job at the Ministry of Health headquarters where I was employed as a senior health officer in the Environmental and Occupational Health Division under the public health department. My primary duties included among others; assisting in coordinating non-governmental organisations associated with the deparmtent; assisting the public health physician in educating health care workers about Occupational Health and Safety and initiating Occupational Health and Safety programs in hospitals around Botswana. I also represented the department at relevant high-level stakeholder meetings. I was with the Environmental and Occupational Health Division of the MInistry of Health for about six months before joining the University of British Columbia to pursue PhD in Occupational and Environmental Hygiene.

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