Eric Tenkorang

Associate Professor (PhD. University of Western Ontario)

Research Interests
Global Health, Social Demography, HIV/AIDS and Adolescent sexuality, Medical sociology, Statistics and research methods
Contact Information
Ph: 709-864-2503
Office: A-4049A
Personal Profile

Dr. Eric Y. Tenkorang received his PhD in Sociology from the University of Western Ontario (now Western University, Canada) in 2008, after which he held a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Social Justice and Sexual Health Research Lab, University of Windsor. Currently, he is Associate Professor of Sociology and cross-appointed with the Division of Community Health and Humanities at Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Canada. In 2017, Dr. Tenkorang was a Carnegie African Diaspora Fellow at the Institute of Statistical, Social & Economic Research (ISSER), University of Ghana, Legon. In 2018, he was appointed a Diasporan Fellow/Visiting Professor at the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health, School of Public Health, University of Ghana (Sabbatical Appointment).

Over the past few years, Dr. Tenkorang’s research has broadly examined the social and cultural determinants of health among at-risk and vulnerable populations in developed and developing countries. Specifically, he has been interested in the sexual reproductive health of youth and women in HIV endemic parts of the world, mostly sub-Sahara Africa. His research interests have expanded to examining the socio-cultural underpinnings of intimate partner violence in several African countries. Dr. Tenkorang has published over 80 peer-reviewed journal articles and presented over 80 conference papers at various national and international platforms. He is a Fellow of the Population Reference Bureau’s Policy Communication Program (USA) and the Carnegie African Diaspora Program (USA). His work has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada.

For over 5 years, Dr. Tenkorang has served as an Associate Editor (HIV/AIDS section) for BMC International Health & Human Rights, a peer-reviewed journal that publishes articles related to health and disease in developing and transitional countries. He served as a co-guest editor for a special issue in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence. He was a member of the Canadian Institute of Health Research’s (CIHR) Advisory Board on Health Promotion and Prevention, but currently sits on the advisory board for Gender and Health. He participated in a stakeholder engagement session organized by Status of Women Canada and Statistics Canada to develop a survey on sexual victimization among postsecondary students in Canada.


Tenkorang, Eric Y and Obeng-Gyimah, S and Maticka-Tyndale, E and Adjei, Jones. 2011 (in Press). Superstition, Witchcraft and AIDS prevention in sub-Saharan Africa: The case of Ghana. Culture, Health & Sexuality.

Tenkorang, Eric Y and Maticka-Tyndale, Eleanor and Fernando Rajulton. 2011. A multi-level analysis of risk perception, poverty and sexual risk-taking among young people in Cape Town, South Africa, Health &Place, 17:525-535.

Tenkorang, Eric Y and Owusu, Gertrude. 2010. Correlates of HIV/AIDS testing in Ghana: Some evidence from the Demographic and Health Surveys. AIDS Care, 22 (3): 296-307.

Maticka-Tyndale, Eleanor and Tenkorang, Eric Y. 2010. A multi-level model of condom use among male and female upper primary school students in Nyanza, Kenya. Social Science and Medicine, 71 (3): 616-625.

Tenkorang, Eric Y and Fernando, Rajulton and Eleanor Maticka-Tyndale. 2009. ‘Perceived risks of HIV/AIDS and first sexual intercourse among youth in Cape Town, South Africa’. AIDS & Behavior, 13(2), 234-245.

Tenkorang, Eric Y and Maticka-Tyndale, Eleanor. 2008. Investigating the timing of first sexual intercourse among young people in Nyanza, Kenya. International Family Planning Perspectives, 34(4): 177-188


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