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Akua Quao

Course Leader, MSc in Applied Public Health

Academic Team - Akua Quao

Akua is a public health practitioner with over 20 years’ experience in health communications and training. Her track record includes developing and managing interventions which focus on awareness raising, influencing behaviour change as well as addressing social and health inequalities.

Akua has worked in professional roles using training, copywriting and broadcasting skills to manage various media and training projects. For example, for Burson Marstellar, UK Department for Works & Pensions, RBE Associates, Royal Society for Public Health and GlaxoSmithKline.

Akua has been responsible for the curriculum design and taught on accredited Health Trainer and Health Champions programmes for UK local authorities, NHS Trusts and Premier League football clubs in London.

She worked as a senior radio producer/researcher creating over 250 innovative health programmes, broadcast on commercial radio stations in the South East, as well as syndicated programmes across UK university student radio stations.

Research interests

  • Addressing health inequalities

  • Health literacy

  • The evolving role of radio and podcasts in health promotion

Career highlights

  • Being shortlisted for UCLan's Student Union Golden Roses 2021 Academic Advisor of the year 

  • Becoming a public health practitioner assessor for the UK Public Health Register (UKPHR)

  • Becoming a member of the Institute for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) and presenting at their 24th World Conference on health promotion

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