Jacob Gizamba has an interest in epidemiology and spatiotemporal patterns of infectious diseases and disease syndemics especially within environments constrained by limited resources.

While studying in the PHP program, Jacob is channeling his research efforts towards leveraging spatiotemporal analyses and syndemic approach to explore the nuanced interplay of contextual factors shaping area-level vulnerability to viral hepatitis C infection to enhance and guide implementation of HCV elimination strategies.

Jacob earned his B.S in Wildlife Health in 2019 from Makerere University, Uganda. He also has a master’s degree in public health, specializing in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, from the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa.

He has served as a teaching assistant for a biostatistics course within the Department of Public Health and Family Medicine at UCT. His role encompassed instructing students on fundamental concepts, ranging from descriptive and inferential statistical methodologies to the core principles of theoretical probability distributions, hypothesis testing, and practical statistical programming using R software. Within the same department, Jacob also served as a Project coordinator for the AXA Research Chair in Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) Epidemiology between February and July 2022. His work revolved around exploring the syndemics of HIV and NCDs among pregnant women.


Master of Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Cape Town, South Africa
B.S, Wildlife Health, Makerere University, Uganda

Recent publications

Gizamba JM, Paul L, Dlamini SK, Odayar J. Incidence and distribution of human leptospirosis in the Western Cape Province, South Africa (2010-2019): a retrospective study. Pan Afr Med J. 2023 Mar 9;44:121. doi: 10.11604/pamj.2023.44.121.34244. PMID: 37275293; PMCID: PMC10237220. (

Gizamba JM, Wilson JP, Mendenhall E, Ferguson L. A review of place-related contextual factors in syndemics research. Health Place. 2023 Jul 10;83:103084. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2023.103084. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 37437495. (

Recent presentation

APHA 2023 annual meeting and Expo (Nov. 12 – Nov.15) in Atlanta. This poster presentation is titled “HIV-HCV syndemic in California: Spatial epidemiological approach” (