Expert in Family, Child, Maternal Health to Lecture at UM

April 13, 2016

MISSOULA – Visiting scholar and expert in family, child and maternal health Abebaw Gebeyehu Worku will present during the University of Montana Global Public Health Spring Lecture Series on Wednesday, April 20.

Worku, director of the Institute of Public Health at the University of Gondar in Ethiopia, will present “Maternal and Child Health Care in Ethiopia” at 6:40 p.m. in the UM’s Gallagher Business Building Room 123. This event is free and open to the public.

The lecture will provide an overview of population-level health indicators, health care delivery practices and public health in rural Ethiopia. A discussion will follow.

Worku earned his doctorate in public health from Addis Ababa University in 2013. His areas of expertise include maternal and child health, reproductive health, family planning and adolescent health. He has served as a department chair of epidemiology and biostatistics and as director of the North Gondar Zone health center team. Worku has had his work published,  has active research projects and serves as an in-country expert consultant.  

His lecture is part of UM’s 2016 Global Public Health Spring Lecture Series, “Global Public Health: Experiences and Insights,” which features weekly lectures by prominent health care practitioners and professionals who work locally and around the world. The lectures cover timely topics such as Ebola or sanitation through the real-world experiences of Montana health care practitioners. For a full schedule of the spring lecture series, visit

Worku also will present on other topics at UM during the month of April, which are free and open to the public. On Thursday, April 14, he will share frameworks for maximizing effective university-community partnerships from 4:10 to 5 p.m. in Skaggs Building Room 114. He will discuss the role of physical therapy and rehabilitation services in rural Ethiopia from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, in Skaggs Building Room 114.


Contact: Megan Schneider, UM Global Public Health program assistant, 406-243-6752,