Collins O. Airhihenbuwa 

 Collins Airhihenbuwa

Professor and Head, Department of Biobehavioral Health

Contact Information

219D Biobehavioral Health Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park PA 16802


(fax) 814-863-7525

Teaching Interests

Global Health; African Health and Development; and Health Promotion Interventions.

Research Interests

Culturally appropriate interventions in Health Promotion.

Global Health and Culture Project Research Web Pages


Ph.D., University of Tennessee at Knoxville, 1983

Professional Experience

My research interest is in health and culture and I have facilitated research collaborations, institutional partnerships, and mentoring of junior faculty mostly from underrepresented groups at various institutions domestically and globally. As the author of PEN-3 model and co-author of critical race theory applied to public health, my work has informed ways of addressing the intersection of culture, race and health in many NIH funded projects. As the head of a department of 30 faculty members at a research 1 university, I have years of experience in research capacity building for junior faculty. My combined research interest and leadership role at my university has resulted in a very strong commitment to mentoring and coaching junior faculty to become successful funded independent researchers. In the past three years, I have been collaborating with colleagues at several universities including the University of Minnesota, New York University, the University of Maryland and UCLA to forge a partnership that can further strengthen our shared vision for building the capacity of underrepresented minority faculty members domestically and globally. For example, I am a faculty mentor in the NHLBI funded PRIDE program at NYU as well as the Fogarty funded cardiovascular research training program in Ghana. I have served as an external advisory board member and/or consultant on 3 different NIMHD P60 and P20 centers of excellence grants for three different universities including the University of Maryland.

Curriculum Vitae

Collins Airhihenbuwa vitae

Strategic Themes

  • Domains of Health and Behavior
  • Populations of Special Interest