Sungano Chigogora is a Senior Teaching Fellow on the MSc Epidemiology and Master of Public Health, whose expansive role includes on-campus and online curriculum development, teaching, assessing and supporting students. She is an epidemiologist with broad interests in the social determinants of health, mental health through the life course, healthy ageing, and the double burden of disease in developing countries. Sungano completed her doctoral training at University College London (UCL), where she investigated predictors of depression in older people.
As a visiting student at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Sungano completed the Causal Inference in Epidemiology module (EPI 289), and applied causal methods to her doctoral research under the supervision of Professor Miguel Hernan. She has since used marginal structural models with inverse probability of treatment weights (IPTWs) in a collaborative project within the Child Policy Research Unit at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (funded by the Department of Health) to investigate whether increasing physical activity according to policy recommendations and trial evidence could reduce population prevalence and social inequalities in child mental health. In an ongoing project with UCL, Sungano is using causal models to simulate the effect of household income interventions on child cognitive and mental development.
Sungano completed a postgraduate Diploma in Tropical Nursing (DTN) at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and is a Registered General Nurse.
Sungano has a holistic approach to teaching and is committed to engendering positive learning experiences. She is particularly interested in empowering students to seek opportunities for wider learning relevant to their career goals, in a stimulating, supportive, transparent and accessible learning environment, so they can confidently apply their learning in the real world.