Yusuff Adebayo Adebisi: From Ibadan to Oxford

In this blog, Yusuff Adebayo Adebisi shares his journey as a young global health researcher, his experience studying for a master's degree at the University of Oxford, as well as his experience being affiliated with St Cross College.

My Journey as a Young Global Health Researcher

Ever since my undergraduate years at the University of Ibadan (Nigeria), I have been deeply passionate about advancing global public health through cutting-edge research and innovative contributions to scientific discourse. To pursue this goal, I devoted myself to learning and building research and academic writing skills early on, resulting in the publication of over 50 articles in reputable peer-reviewed journals by the time of my graduation. In recognition of my involvement in being a voice and role model for undergraduate and young people's involvement in research, I was awarded the Diana Award, the most prestigious award young people can receive for their work in the UK and around the world.


I strongly believe that Africa needs to invest in building the capacity of young people in research. I have led initiatives focused on advocating for health equity, harm reduction, smoking cessation and humane drug policy, and antimicrobial resistance. Through these projects, I have seen the power of research and innovation in driving positive changes in our communities. However, I am also aware of the challenges that young people face in accessing opportunities to develop their research skills. That is why I am passionate about advocating for increased investment in research and innovation among young people, and I have been instrumental in helping many young people access research grants and travel scholarships to attend and present their research in scientific conferences. By empowering young people with the skills, knowledge, and resources they need to conduct high-quality research, we can create a generation of individuals that value and understand the role of reliable scientific evidence in driving positive changes in health, education, agriculture, and many other areas.  

While my achievement serves as motivation and inspiration to many young people, I see it more as the beginning of my lifelong purpose: advancing science and health research in Africa and beyond. Even with these early successes, I recognized that there was still much more for me to learn. This realization fuelled my decision to apply for a master's degree, and I was accepted into four top UK universities. After careful consideration, I selected the MSc in Global Health Science and Epidemiology at the University of Oxford as it is designed for students who want to gain expertise in understanding the global disease burden and its underlying causes using epidemiology and quantitative research methods, which is a perfect fit for me. 

Studying at Oxford

Since beginning my studies at Oxford, I have been amazed by the calibre of the faculty and students that I am surrounded by. It is particularly exciting to learn directly from many of the world’s best epidemiologists and global health scientists who are key drivers of many impactful population health research. Another key highlight for me is the opportunity to learn from outstanding population health scientists around the world through periodic masterclasses. The faculty-facilitated student-led tutorial and consolidation sessions are fantastic way to learn and understand the key concepts in epidemiology and statistics. I am constantly challenged to think more critically and creatively about population health issues, and I am inspired by the passion and dedication of my peers. I am excited that the knowledge and skills I am acquiring at Oxford are relevant to my interest in engaging in impactful, large-scale quantitative population health research that will inspire change, foster health equity, aid health systems, and improve the quality and quantity of life for people in Africa and beyond.

Looking ahead, I am more motivated than ever to continue advancing global public health through research and innovation. I know that the skills and knowledge that I am gaining at Oxford will be invaluable in this pursuit, and I am excited to see where my career takes me in the coming years. Whether it's through ground-breaking research studies, policy advocacy, or other means, I am committed to using my talents and passions to make a tangible difference in the lives of people around the world. Through my research, I hope to make a positive impact on the world.

College life at St Cross

The collegiate system at the University of Oxford has provided me with a unique academic experience. I am affiliated with an academic department and a graduate college. My membership at St Cross College has allowed me to expand both my academic and social networks, enriching my overall graduate school experience. One of the standout features of this college is its diverse and inclusive community.

With students hailing from all over the world and from various academic backgrounds, there is always something new to learn and appreciate at St Cross. It has provided me with an excellent platform to pursue my studies. My college supervisor has been incredibly helpful in providing me with career advice and pastoral support.

The College also offers a range of resources and facilities to support its students, including a well-equipped library, study spaces, and career opportunities. However, College life at St Cross is not solely focused on academics. The college's vibrant social scene has given me the opportunity to meet new people, make lasting friendships, and create cherished memories. From numerous social events and parties to the College's sports teams, there is always something to do and someone to connect with. As someone who believes in global cooperation and solidarity in building resilient health systems, St Cross has provided me with the opportunity to network and interact with fellow students who share my passion. So far, it has been a remarkable experience that has enriched my academic and personal growth and provided me with lifelong memories and friendships.

About the Author


Yusuff Adebayo Adebisi is a Commonwealth Shared Scholar pursuing his MSc in Global Health Science and Epidemiology at the Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford. He is also a Fellow of Knowledge-Action-Change, a recipient of the Diana Award, a life-member of Oxford University Scientific Society, and holds the position of Director for Research and Thought Leadership at Global Health Focus, in addition to being a Youth Editorial Board Member for Wiley's Public Health Challenges Journal.