Who We Are


The African Regional Training Centre (ARTC) was established in 2014 with support from the World Health Organization (WHO) Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR).  The centre was set up to strategically lead Implementation Research (IR) capacity building in the African region where unforeseen barriers and context specific complexities impede access to efficacious tools making interventions unable to reach target populations, hence suboptimal health outcomes. Ability to bridge this gap calls for the application of dynamic research tools that promote effective identification of implementation barriers, as well as solutions to address them, with close attention paid to context. In this regard the ARTC has developed the Implementation Research short course to provide fundamentals of Implementation Research. The African Regional Training Centre is hosted by the University of Ghana School of Public Health, and run by faculty of the School.

The ARTC is one of six (6) Regional Training Centres (RTCs) established and supported by TDR-WHO within LMIC settings. Other RTCs located in South America, Asia, and Europe are:

  • International Centre for Medical Research and Training (CIDEIM) in Cali, Colombia)
  • Gadjah Mada University (GMU) in Jogyakarta, Indonesia
  • Astana Medical University (AMU) in Astana, Kazakhstan
  • Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), Manila, Philippines
  • Institute Pasteur of Tunis, Tunis, Tunisia


The Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), is a global programme of scientific collaboration that helps facilitate, support and influence efforts to combat diseases of poverty. It is hosted at the World Health Organization (WHO) and is sponsored by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and WHO. The mission of TDR is to “Foster an effective global research effort on infectious diseases of poverty and promote translation of innovation to health impact in disease endemic countries”. For more information about WHO/TDR, please click this link:  http://www.who.int/tdr/about/en/


The School of Public Health (SPH) is one of the constituent institutions of the College of Health Sciences in University of Ghana.  The school was established in 1994 in response to a growing demand for a cadre of Public Health Practitioners who will provide leadership in Public Health reforms in the country. The school consists of seven departments (Biological, Environmental and Occupational Health; Biostatistics; Social and Behavioural Sciences; Population, Family and Reproductive Health; Community Health; Health Policy, Planning and Management and Epidemiology and Disease Control) and this enables training of public health practitioners across diverse disciplines. http://publichealth.ug.edu.gh