Elijah O. Onsomu

Position: Assistant Professor Department: Nursing

Contact Info

Office: 241 F.L. Atkins Building/117 Modular Unit Phone: 336-750-2279 Fax:


Dr. Elijah Onsomu is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Winston-Salem State University. He received his PhD in Health Services Research in 2010 from the College of Health and Human Services at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He also completed a professional Master in Public Health (MPH) in 2006 from the Northwest Ohio Consortium for Public Health (NOCPH; Department of Public and Allied Health, Bowling Green State University and Department of Public Health & Preventive Medicine, College of Medicine–University of Toledo), a MS in Human Resource Development in 2003 from the College of Technology, Indiana State University, and a BA(Hons) Upper Division in Economics and Sociology in 1999 from the School of Economics and Faculty of Arts, University of Nairobi. Elijah is a 2009-2010 Population Reference Bureau Fellow in Policy Communication (Population and Health). He is also a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES).

Elijah teaches undergraduate and graduate courses. He has taught courses in Nursing and those in other departments. The courses include, Research Methods, Applied Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Social Determinants of Health, Health Care Quality Improvement and Evaluation among others. His service extend at the National, University, School of Health Sciences and Division of Nursing levels. Recently, he was the recipient of the School of Health Sciences SPIRIT award for research. Elijah studies Health Services Research and Public Health approaches to promoting population health. His research focuses on the Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS, Maternal and Child Health, Domestic Violence, and High-Risk Sexual Behaviors. He has published numerous peer-reviewed research studies in Western Journal of Nursing Research, Journal of Community Health Nursing, Maternal and Child Health Journal, Health Care for Women International, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Journal of Health Communication, Journal of the National Medical Association, Journal of Religion and Health, Journal of School Violence, African Journal of Reproductive Health, North Carolina Medical Journal, Prospects, Journal of Best Practices in Health Professions Diversity among others. He has also received research funding as principal investigator or co-investigator.

Dr. Onsomu uses various methodological and data analytical approaches in Health Services Research and Public Health. He has experience in various statistical software’s such as SPSS and STATA (advanced level) for data analysis including large complex survey data. He has taught numerous statistical topics while utilizing SPSS software in a lab setting, with student oriented statistical software use and training. He has conducted research independently using various analytical methods, working with complex surveys and datasets. Some areas beyond basic data analysis include; T-Test, ANOVA, ANCOVA, MANCOVA; multiple linear regression; principal component and factor analysis; multivariate logistic, ordered logistic, and multinomial logistic regression; longitudinal (penal and time series-cross sectional); path analysis among others.

Educational Background

  • PhD Health Services Research, College of Health and Human Services, 2010, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • MPH Public Health (Administration), 2006, Northwest Ohio Consortium for Public Health (NOCPH; Department of Public and Allied Health, Bowling Green State University & Department of Public Health & Preventive Medicine, College of Medicine -University of Toledo)
  • MS Human Resource Development (Training-Education & Industry), Industrial Technology Education, 2003, Indiana State University
  • BA(Hons) Economics and Sociology, 1999, University of Nairobi, Second Class Honors Upper Division

Research and Project Interests

  • Health Services Research
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Domestic Violence
  • High-Risk Sexual Behaviors