Dr. Harrison Ndetan received a Bachelor of Science (1997) and Master of Science (1999) in Physics from the University of Buea, Cameroon and participated in a Medical Physics fellowship on imaging modalities in diagnostic medicine at the Institute of Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy in 2002. He received Master of Public Health (2007) and Doctor of Public Health (2009) with concentration in Biostatistics from the School of Public Health at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth, TX and a joint Doctor of Medicine /Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Science, Arts and Technology (USAT), Monserrat, British West Indies in 2016.

Before joining UT Health Science Center at Tyler as Associate Professor in the Department of Biostatistics & Epidemiology at the School of Community and Rural Health, Dr. Ndetan served as the Hospital Administrator of New Era Clinic, Tiko, Chair of the Science Division at Christ the King College, Tiko and Instructor of Physics at the University of Buea – Cameroon. He also served as Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor for Biostatistics and Director of Research at Parker University, Dallas, TX.

Dr. Ndetan is excited by opportunities to help enhance organizational effectiveness and transform lives through public health education, research and community-based implementation projects. Since joining the East Texas Community in 2017, in addition to his major responsibilities of teaching and mentoring students, Dr. Ndetan has developed a large community-based implementation research project: “Mobilizing the East Texas community into a collective impact initiative to improve adverse childhood experience (ACE) in the region.” In addition, he also developed a large project on “Mobilizing local community leaders into a multi-stakeholder coalition to enhance access to evidence-based/culturally sensitive prevention, treatment and recovery services for opioid and substance use disorder in Henderson County, TX,” through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)’s Rural Community Opioid Response Program (RCORP).

Education & Training

National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health (2019)
MD/PhD, University of Science, Arts and Technology, Monserrat, British West Indies (2016)
John C. Maxwell Leadership Certification Program (2014)
Parker University Leadership Academy (2013)
DrPH – Biostatistics, University of North Texas Health Science, Fort Worth, TX (2009)
Imaging modalities in Diagnostic Medicine and Radiotherapy, College of Medical Physics, The International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste – Italy (2002)
MPH – Biostatistics, University of North Texas Health Science, School of Public Health, Fort Worth, TX (2007)
M.Sc. - Physics, University of Buea, Cameroon (1999)
B.Sc. - Physics, University of Buea, Cameroon (1997)

Courses Taught

PBHL 5317: Biostatistics 1 (Fundament al Principles of Biostatistics)
EPBI 5340: Regression Analysis
EPBI 5332: Survival Analysis
EPBI 6344: Data Management for Biostatistics
EPBI 6332: Experimental Designs in Biostatistics
PBHL 5342: Epidemiology 1 (Principles of Epidemiology)
EPBI 6334: Advanced Epidemiological Methods
PBHL 5350: Internship/Practicum I
PBHL 5360: Internship/Practicum II
PBHL 6350: Capstone Project I
PBHL 6360: Capstone Project II
Biostatistics for Biomedical Research

Speaking Series Topics

Process of integrating evidence into clinical practice
Anatomy of published literature
Critical appraisal of epidemiologic literature
Unconscious Bias in Healthcare
Tricks of the trade - Assessing validity of empirical research manuscript - the 7-step process

Research Interest

Dr. Ndetan’s research interest includes negative health outcome associated with Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, opioids and other substance use, cancer & none cancer risk associated with environmental & occupational toxicities such as oncogenic virus, secondary data analysis, health disparities, translational and community-based participatory research. Dr. Ndetan’s current projects include the Bayesian perspective of the role of concomitant ingestion of alcohol & acetaminophen in early stage renal dysfunction, cancer & none cancer risk associated with oncogenic viruses and community-based implementation research on opioid/substance use disorder prevention, treatment and recovery in rural and medically underserved communities. Apart from leading the above projects, as a Biostatistician, Dr. Ndetan work with diverse group of investigators providing conceptualization, statistical and other oversights on the design, implementation and analysis to ensure efficient, effective and timely completion of research project.