I have a rich and colourful academic background – I started off with a BSc. Hons. in Media and Society Studies from the Midlands State University in Gweru, Zimbabwe. My quest for change found me at the Wits African Centre for Migration Studies where I obtained my MA in Forced Migration Studies. Needing additional change, I found myself at the Wits School of Public Health where I obtained my doctorate degree. Along the way I have managed projects as a student, a lecturer and as a researcher which have been highlighted in my achievements. Project management is an essential component in both our personal and professional lives.
Academic project management is even more exciting for me as it gives me the opportunity to work with and for people in order to achieve the objectives of the programme. In this way, I would like to support and contribute to the development and growth of a biostatistical network through the Sub-Saharan African Consortium for Advanced Biostatistical Training (SSACABT) and the Developing Excellence in Leadership, Training and Science (DELTAS) programme.
In my previous post in the School as a researcher, I coordinated the Health Systems Evaluation and Research (HSER) module in the field of Health Policy and Systems Research at the Masters level in the School of Public Health. The module focuses on health information systems, one of the six building blocks of a health system, as well as an introduction to and evaluating the performance of a health system; and health systems research. I have also been involved in curriculum development with the Consortium for Health Policy and Systems Analysis in Africa (CHEPSAA) and joint implementation of curricula with other Divisions in the School e.g. Epidemiology and Biostatistics MSc programme. I have also been involved in the selection of MPH students in the field of Health Policy and Systems Research study and for the MPH programme overall.
I have supervised two MPH PhD students, and co-supervised two more in the School. I am always willing to provide mentorship and encouragement when needed.
My recent work focused on analysing the nature and dynamics of nursing management at primary health care clinics in two South African provinces
I am a member of the Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA)
Jonathan Levin is currently Professor of Biostatistics in the School of Public Health at the University of Witwatersrand, having taken up the position in April 2015. The main duties relate to the development of a Master’s Programme in Biostatistics, teaching on the existing MSc in Epidemiology and Biostatistics and supervising postgraduate students. Many of these activities form part of the new Wellcome Trust DELTAS grant for the Sub_Saharan African Consortium for Advanced Biostatistics Training.
Before joining the Wits School of Public Health, Jonathan was the Head of the Statistics Section in the UK Medical Research Council / Uganda Virus Research Institute Research Unit on AIDS in Uganda, a position that he held since January 2009, having worked in the Unit as a Senior Statistician since October 2006. Prior to moving to Uganda Jonathan had worked as a Biostatistician in the South African Medical Research Council for 12 years.
In addition to his interest in teaching Biostatistics, Jonathan is interested in Statistical aspects of Randomised Controlled Trials including Cluster Randomised Trials.