Dr Tolu Oni

Dr Tolu Oni


Tolullah (Tolu) Oni is a Public Health Physician Scientist and urban epidemiologist, and a Clinical Senior Research fellow with the Unit’s Global Public Health Research programme.

Dr Tolu Oni

Tolu completed her medical training at University College London, postgraduate medical training in the UK and Australia, a Masters in Public Health (Epidemiology) at the University of Cape Town, and her research doctorate in Clinical Epidemiology at Imperial College London. She spent 11 years conducting research in South Africa, where she also completed her public health medical specialty training. There, she established a Research Initiative for Cities Health and Equity (RICHE), conducting transdisciplinary urban health research focused on generating evidence to support development and implementation of healthy public policies in rapidly growing cities, with a focus on Africa.

Within the GDAR network Tolu explores meso- and macro-level determinants of diet and physical activity.

Tolu obtained the following degrees:

  • International Health BSc(Hons) University College London, UK, 2002
  • Medicine MB BS, University College London, UK, 2004
  • Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP), Royal College of Physicians, UK 2008
  • Diplomate Membership of the Faculty of Public Health, Faculty of Public Health, UK, 2011
  • Doctoral degree in Clinical Epidemiology (MD(Res)), Imperial College London, UK, 2012
  • Masters degree in Public health and Epidemiology (MPH(Epi)), University of Cape Town, South Africa, 2012
  • Masters degree in Medicine (Public Health) (MMed), University of Cape Town, South Africa, 2015
  • Fellow of the College of Public Health Medicine (FCPHM(SA)), Colleges of Medicine of South Africa, 2015

Research interests

Systems for Health projects: investigating how urban systems (e.g. housing, food) can be harnessed for health

Health Systems projects: integrated heath systems responses to changing patterns of disease and multimorbidity in the context of urbanisation.