Comfort Z. Olorunsaiye, PhD

Assistant Professor, Public Health

Brubaker Hall 1 (215) 517-2376

About Me

Comfort Olorunsaiye, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Public Health at Arcadia University, earned her doctorate degree in Health Services Research from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She also received an MPH in Maternal and Child Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B. Pharmacy degree from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria.

As a population health researcher, Dr. Olorunsaiye’s primary interest is in maternal and child health disparities, specifically focusing on understanding the impact of social, cultural and economic inequalities on maternal and child health outcomes. Her expertise in health program evaluation lends itself to her interest in implementation research with the goal of identifying what components of interventions work, how they work, under what conditions they work, and how interventions are adapted in different contexts. Her research interests span the topics of maternal health care; interventions promoting child survival including vaccination and integrated services; sexual and reproductive health; domestic violence; adolescent health, including HPV vaccination and prevention of teenage pregnancy; and family planning.  

Prior to joining the faculty at Arcadia University, Dr. Olorunsaiye was a Technical Advisor in the Health Unit at the International Rescue Committee (IRC) Headquarters in New York City. At IRC, she led the development, implementation and evaluation of several child immunization and integrated interventions in humanitarian and fragile countries. In addition, Dr. Olorunsaiye co-implemented formative and impact evaluation studies in these settings. Her prior experience includes a Post-Doctoral Evaluation Fellowship in the Global Immunization Division at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. In this role, she led the development and implementation of the evaluation plan for a multi-year U.S. Government-funded Global Health Security program to develop a sustainable platform for the introduction of second-year-of-life immunization services in low resource settings, using Ghana as a model.

Areas Of Focus

Maternal and Child Health | Sexual and Reproductive Health | Health Inequities and Disparities | Implementation Science

Education History

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

PhD, Major in Health Services Research

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

MPH, Major in Maternal and Child Health

Minor in Global Health

Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria

B.Pharm, Major in Pharmacy


Co-Author 2022

Disparities in use of skilled birth attendants and neonatal mortality rate in Guinea over two decades.

Article, BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth

Co-Authored with 1. Zegeye, B., Ahinkorah, B. O., Ameyaw, E. K., Budu, E., Seidu, A. A., & Yaya, S.

Co-Author 2021

Pregnant women’s decision-making capacity and adherence to iron supplementation in sub-Saharan Africa: a multi-country analysis of 25 countries.

Article, BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth

Co-Authored with 2. Zegeye, B., Adjei, N. K., Ahinkorah, B. O., Ameyaw, E. K., Seidu, A. A., & Yaya, S.

Author 2021

“It's like being involved in a car crash”: teen pregnancy narratives of adolescents and young adults in Jos, Nigeria

Article, International Health

Co-Authored with Hannah M. Degge, Tina O. Ubanyi, Timothy A. Achema & Sanni Yaya

Author 2021

Essential newborn care practices in Benin: Are there differences by birth location?

Article, Birth

Co-Authored with Korede K. Yusuf; A-Mac Harris; Snehal Gaikwad

Co-Author 2021

Individual/Household and Community-Level Factors Associated with Child Marriage in Mali: Evidence from Demographic and Health Survey

Article, BioMed Research International

Co-Authored with Betregiorgis Zegeye, Comfort Z. Olorunsaiye, Bright Opoku Ahinkorah, Edward Kwabena Ameyaw, Eugene Budu, Abdul-Aziz Seidu, and Sanni Yaya

Co-Author 2021

Modern contraceptive utilization and its associated factors among married women in Senegal: a multilevel analysis

Article, BMC Public Health

Co-Authored with Betregiorgis Zegeye, Bright Opoku Ahinkorah, Dina Idriss-Wheelr, Nicholas Kofi Adjei, and Sanni Yaya

Co-Author 2021

Predictors of institutional delivery service utilization among women of reproductive age in Senegal: a population-based study

Article, Archives of Public Health

Co-Authored with Betregiorgis Zegeye, Bright Opoku Ahinkorah, Dina Idriss-Wheelr, Olanrewaju Oladimeji, Sanni Yaya

Co-Author 2021

Does attitude towards wife beating determine infant feeding practices during diarrheal illness in sub-Saharan Africa?

Article, Tropical Medicine and Health

Co-Authored with Betregiorgis Zegeye, Nicholas Kofi Adjei, Bright Opoku Ahinkorah, Edward Kwabena Ameyaw, Abdul-Aziz Seidu, & Sanni Yaya

Author 2020

Individual and community socioeconomic factors related to the quality of antenatal care: a multilevel analysis of West and Central Africa

Article, Women & Health

Co-Authored with L.R. Brunner Huber, S.B. Laditka, Shanti J. Kulkarni, Suzanne A. Boyd.

Author 2020

Community engagement strategy for increased uptake of routine immunization and select perinatal services in north-west Ethiopia: A descriptive analysis

Article, PLOS ONE

Co-Authored with Shiferaw Dechasa Demissie, Naoko Kozuki, Petros Gebrekirstos, Siraj Mohammed, Lilian Kiapi, Tracey Chantler, Emilie Karafillakis, Justine Landegger

Author 2020

COVID-19 and Child Vaccination: A Systematic Approach to Closing the Immunization Gap

Article, Global Health Education Projects

Co-Authored with Yusuf, K. K., Reinhart, K., & Salihu, H. M

Author 2020

Association between birth attendant and early newborn care in Senegal

Article, Midwifery

Co-Authored with Korede K. Yusuf, A-Mac Harris, Snehal Gaikwad

Co-author 2020

“Leaving no one behind” also includes taking the elderly along concerning their sexual and reproductive health and rights: a new focus for Reproductive Health

Article, BMC: Reproductive Health

Co-Authored with Banke-Thomas A, Sanni Yaya

Author 2020

Characteristics of early newborn care: A descriptive analysis of recent births in Nigeria

Article, International Journal of MCH and AIDS

Co-Authored with Harris A., Yusuf, K.K.

Author 2020

Factors associated with institutional delivery in West and Central Africa: A multilevel analysis of seven countries

Article, Health Care for Women International

Co-Authored with Huber, L.R., Laditka, S.B., Kulkarni, S.J., Boyd, S.A.

Co-Author 2018

Evaluation of a data-informed community engagement strategy to increase immunization coverage in northern Uganda: a cluster randomized control trial with embedded process evaluation

Article, The Lancet Global Health

Co-Authored with Jane Bruce, Tracey Chantler, Edward Kumakech, Ashiraf Mawanda, Laura Schmucker, Lilian Kiapi, Justine Landegger, Jayne Webster

Co-Author 2018

‘We All Work Together to Vaccinate the Child’: A Formative Evaluation of a Community-Engagement Strategy Aimed at Closing the Immunization Gap in North-West Ethiopia.

Article, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

Co-Authored with Chantler, Tracey, Emilie Karafillakis, Samuel Wodajo, Shiferaw Dechasa Demissie, Bersabeh Sile, Siraj Mohammed, Justine Landegger, and Heidi Larson

Author 2018

Age-specific factors related to institutional delivery in Nigeria: Insights from the 2011 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey

Article, Women & Health

Co-Authored with Hannah M. Degge, Sunday J. Lengmang

Author 2017

Missed Opportunities and barriers to vaccination: A descriptive Analysis of private and public health facilities in four African countries

Article, Pan African Medical Journal

Co-Authored with Langhamer, M.S., Wallace, A.S., Watkins, M.