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About our Health Officer

Florida Department of Health in Nassau County

Dr. Danso-Odei

Prince Danso-Odei,
Doctor of Medicine, (MD),
Doctor of Public Health (DrPH),
Master of Public Health (MPH)

Education:

Dr. Danso-Odei earned his Doctor of Medicine with a concentration in internal medicine at Zaporozhe State Medical University in Ukraine. His passion for improving the health of the public encouraged him to pursue a Master’s in Public Health at Walden University. He then continued to receive a Doctorate in Public Health at Capella University. He received and maintains his medical license from Ghana. Ghana is also where he started his career as a medical doctor and public health specialist in a rural setting.

Experience:

Dr. Danso-Odei has extensive experience as a medical officer, epidemiologist, public health professional, and senior manager. He most recently worked for the Florida Department of Health in Clay County (FDOH – Clay County) where he served as the Disease Prevention and Control Manager and scientific advisor for the COVID-19 taskforce. During his tenure at FDOH – Clay County, he provided medical epidemiology support to major hospitals, medical providers, long-term care facilities, assisted living facilities, non-governmental agencies, and businesses in Clay County, Florida.

Prior to working for FDOH – Clay County, Dr. Danso-Odei served for 13 years in various junior and senior management roles for Federal Express (FedEx) and DHL Global Express. He also worked in Ghana as a public health physician where he provided direct medical care and public health services to the local population in a rural setting.

He continues to provide environmental health support services for the Bibiani-Anhwianso-Bekwai District Health Department in Ghana. Part of his doctoral dissertation, he developed a training manual for immunization case managers stationed at Bibiani-Anhwianso-Bekwai District Health Department working on polio immunization and eradication project in the western part of the country.

Personal Life:

Dr. Danso-Odei met his wife Lucy (who also has her Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Public Health) while they were in medical school in Ukraine. They have now been married for 33 years and have three children. Their two daughters have followed in their footsteps and are now pursuing careers in public health and medicine and their son is studying to be a pilot. Dr. Danso-Odei speaks four languages: English, Russian, and two Ghanaian languages, loves foreign travels, and volunteering during his free time.

Through his extensive knowledge and career experience, Dr. Danso-Odei’s passion for public health is evident. He is a humble and participative leader who is also committed to teaching others and continuing to learn.