Lillian Aaca Okui
Master of Public Health candidate
Bachelor of Medicine, Makerere University
Bachelor of Surgery, Makerere University
Uganda Advanced Certification of Education, Mt. St. Mary’s Namagunga
Uganda Certification of Education, Mt. St. Mary’s Namagunga
Certificate from Summer Institute for Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Lillian Aaca Okui earned her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. She also holds an Advanced Certificate of Education from Mt. St. Mary’s Namagunga, also in Uganda, and she earned a Certificate from the Summer Institutes for Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health after winning a Fogarty AIDS Scholarship to attend the program. She currently works as a medical officer for Kumi Hospital in Uganda, where she serves in the Pediatric Ward and is in charge of the Public Health Department. She completed her residency in pediatrics, obstetrics, gynecology, and surgery at Mulago Hospital, Uganda.
Epidemiology and biostatistics
What are your career goals?
To be a champion of women and children’s health
What sparked your interest in global health?
As a fourth-year medical student studying public health, Lillian Aaca Okui volunteered at a rural hospital in eastern Uganda. She came to see that clinical medicine alone wasn’t the answer for the patients she treating, including over 200 children sick with malaria each day. Okui wanted to work with public health professionals in Uganda to understand the root of pressing health problems in order to implement effective prevention and intervention strategies.
To that end, Okui played a key role in launching an HIV/AIDS clinic in Kumi Hospital in Uganda, which now serves over 500 patients, most of them women and children.