Associate Director of Health Analytics




PhD, Health and Human Performance, University of Florida
MPH, Health Promotion, Education and Behavior, University of South Carolina
BS, Clinical Biochemistry and Immunology, Olabisi Onabanjo University  

In his role with the WVU Health Affairs Institute, Dr. Oghenekaro appraises the data analytics needs of the WV Department of Health & Human Resources, Bureau for Behavioral Health, and outlines optimal workflows to meet those needs in a timely manner.

Dr. Oghenekaro implements and manages a data science program to assist faculty and staff in planning research and public health program evaluation studies. As Associate Director of Health Analytics, he provides supervision to health data analysts and leads an established data analysis training program. Dr. Oghenekaro also identifies training needs for research associates and health data analysts and as needed and develops training in collaboration with the Health Affairs instructional designer.

At the Health Affairs Institute, Karo is a part of the System of Care (SOC), Children’s Mental Health Evaluation (CMHE), and Mountain Health Promise (MHP) teams.   

Prior to joining the Health Affairs Institute, Karo served as a faculty member at the School of Public Health at Indiana University. As a faculty member at IU SPH, his research focused on the science of vector-borne diseases and used predictive machine learning models and Geo computation in R and Python to frame and answer questions at the intersection of vector-borne disease ecology and human health. His research portfolio includes multiple peer-reviewed publications and international and national research engagements and presentations. Dr. Oghenekaro also taught survey methodology, data-based decision making, advanced research methods, and GIS.

Dr. Oghenekaro’s areas of expertise and professional interest include relational databases, Microsoft SQL Server, PostgreSQL, machine learning, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), R (Programming Language), quantitative research, and public health program evaluation.

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