Guy-Lucien Whembolua

Guy-Lucien Whembolua

Associate Professor

Professional Summary

Dr. Whembolua is an Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management in the department of Africana studies and an affiliate faculty in the College of Medicine.

As a behavioral scientist, his research explores the socio-cultural determinants of health among African populations (global health) and their diasporas (health disparities). He is the founding director of the Global Health Studies certificate.


Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University University Park, (Biobehavioral Health)

Certificate, University of Minnesota Minneapolis, (Health Disparities & Community-Based Research)

Research and Practice Interests

  • Behavioral factors influencing health among underserved populations
  • Infectious diseases in low-income countries


Peer Reviewed Publications

Whembolua GL, Muvuka B, Tshiswaka DI, Conserve DF (2019. )Socio-Structural Factors Influencing the Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: A Systematic Review.Matern Child Health J., ,Jan 2 ,

Ilunga Tshiswaka D, Ibe-Lamberts K, Whembolua GL, Fapohunda A, Tull ES. (2018. )Going to the Gym is not Congolese’s Culture”: Examining Attitudes toward Physical Activity and Risk for Type-2 Diabetes among Congolese Immigrants. .The Diabetes Educator, ,Feb (44 ),94-102

Whembolua GL, Conserve DF, Thomas K, Ilunga Tshiswaka D,Handler L (2019. )HIV Serostatus Disclosure in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: a Systematic Review.Aids Care, ,31 (4 ),489-493

Conserve DF, Iwelunmor J, Whembolua GL, Sofolahan-Oladeinde Y, Teti M, Surkan PJ (2017. )Factors Associated With HIV Testing Among Men in Haiti: Results From the 2012 Demographic and Health Survey.Am J Mens Health, ,11 (5 ),1322 - 1330

Whembolua GL, Conserve DF. Thomas K., Handler L. (2017. )A Systematic Review of HIV Serostatus Disclosure among African Immigrants in Europe.Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health , ,Aug;19 (4 ),947-958

Ilunga Tshiswaka D, Whembolua GL, Conserve DF. (2017. )A Qualitative Analysis of Newspaper Response to the Ebola Outbreak in Central Africa .Africology: The Journal of Pan African Studies, vol.10, no.1, March 2017 , ,1 (March ),224

Whembolua GL, Conserve DF, Ilunga Tshiswaka D (2017. )Socio-cultural Factors Influencing the Ebola Virus Disease-related Stigma among African Immigrants in the United States .Irinkerindo: a Journal of African Migration, ,December (9 ),114-136

Oluwoye OA, Whembolua GL, Merianos AL (2017. )Extending the reach: The influence of social media and culture on substance use among African and African American males .Spectrum: A Journal on Black Men, ,6 (1 ),59-75

Conserve DF, Whembolua GL, Surkan PJ (2016. )Attitudes Toward Intimate Partner Violence and Associations With Condom Use Among Men in Haiti: An Analysis of the Nationally Representative Demographic Health Survey .J Interpers Violence, ,31(6):989-1006. (6 ),989-1006

Whembolua GL, Conserve DF, IlungaTshiswaka D. (2015. ) Cultural Identity and Health Promotion: Assessing a Health Education Campaign Targeting African Immigrants in France. (8) :23-39 .Journal of Pan African Studies July, ,8 (2 ),23

Whembolua GL, Conserve DF, Gott M (2014. )Racial Profiling: the Afro-French Experience .Black Diaspora Review, ,4 (2 ),16-34

Ilunga Tshiswaka D., Whembolua GL, Conserve DF,Mwamba M. (2014. ) Factors Associated with Health Insurance Coverage and Health Insurance Knowledge among Congolese Immigrants in Illinois.Journal of Public Health, ,22 ,497

Okuyemi, Kolawole S; Goldade, Kate; Whembolua, GL; Thomas, Janet L; Eischen, Sara; Sewali, Barrett; Guo, Hongfei; Connett, John E; Grant, Jon; Ahluwalia, Jasjit S; Resnicow, Ken; Owen, Greg; Gelberg, Lillian; Des Jarlais, Don (2013. )Motivational interviewing to enhance nicotine patch treatment for smoking cessation among homeless smokers: a randomized controlled trial.Addiction (Abingdon, England), ,108 (6 ),1136-44

Harcourt, Nonyelum; Ghebre, Rahel G; Whembolua, GL; Zhang, Yan; Warfa Osman, S; Okuyemi, Kolawole S (2013. )Factors Associated with Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Behavior Among African Immigrant Women in Minnesota.Journal of immigrant and minority health / Center for Minority Public Health, ,

Whembolua, GL; Davis, Julia T; Reitzel, Lorraine R; Guo, Hongfei; Thomas, Janet L; Goldade, Kate R; Okuyemi, Kola S; Ahluwalia, Jasjit S (2012. ).Subjective social status predicts smoking abstinence among light smokers.American journal of health behavior, ,36 (5 ),639-46

Goldade, Kate; Burgess, Diana; Olayinka, Abimbola; Whembolua, GL; Okuyemi, Kolawole S (2012. )Applying anthropology to eliminate tobacco-related health disparities.Nicotine & tobacco research : official journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, ,14 (6 ),631-8

Hamilton A, Shin S, Taggart T, Whembolua GL ,Martin I, Budhwani H, Conserve DF (2020. )HIV testing barriers and intervention strategies among men, transgender women, female sex workers and incarcerated persons in the Caribbean: a systematic revie.Sex Transm Infect., ,96 ,186-196

Ilunga Tshiswaka D, Whembolua GL,Nduka U, Muvuka B , Hill A , Inungu J, & Conserve (2019. )Correlates of HIV testing among Congolese men: An analysis of the 2014 Demographic Health Survey .AIDS Care, , Dec 17 (1-5 ),

Whembolua GL, Ilunga Tshiswaka D. (2020. ) Public Trust in the Time of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): The Case of the DR Congo .Pan African Medical Journal, ,35 (Supp 2 ),

Book Chapter

Banjo O, Whembolua GL, Howard S, Frederick N, *Lindsey (2015 )As Seen on TV: Hip Hop Images and Health Consequences in the Black Community” The Research Companion to Black Sociology .(pp. 223-240).Ashgate Publishing Company

Honors and Awards

2018 E-learning Champion Center for Excellence in eLearning

2017 Rising Stars Award Mcmicken College of Arts & Sciences

2017 Excellence in Scholarship UC Black Faculty Association

2015 Faculty Mentor of the Year McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program

2011 Emerging Scholars Interdisciplinary Network Fellow University of Michigan

2018 Chair, Caucus on Refugee and Immigrant Health. American Public Health Association

Post Graduate Training and Education

Program in Health Disparities Research, Postdoctoral Associate, Training: Health disparities, immigrant health, community-based participatory research and tobacco control , University of Minnesota Medical School, ,Minneapolis,MN

Courses Taught

15-AFST-270 PERS HEALTH AF AM Level:Undergraduate

-AFST-1005 INTRO GLOBAL HEALTH Level:Undergraduate

-AFST-3005 AFR HEALTH DEVEL Level:Undergraduate

-PSYC-3034 DIVERSITY & HEALTH Level:Graduate