Durrenda Onolemhemhen

Durrenda Onolemhemhen

Associate Professor



Durrenda Onolemhemhen


Dr. Onolemhemhen is a specialist in health and international social work and serves as a commissioner on the Council of Social Work Education, Commission on Global Education. A native Detroiter, she has taught at a number of universities worldwide, including Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, Nigeria, and American University, Les Cayes, Haiti. Dr. Onolemhemhen is a Rockefeller Foundation Scholar, a Fullbright Scholar and director of the Ghana International Research Training Program at Wayne State University. Dr. Onolemhemhen’s research interests include: International Social Work; social development in Africa; minority aging; and women’s health.

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Degrees and Certifications

  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • M.S.-S.W., University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • B.S., Edgewood College

Teaching Interests

  • Social Research
  • Impact of health and disease on social functioning
  • Social welfare policy
  • International social work

Areas of Expertise


  • International social work
  • Womens reproductive health


Office Location

5447 Woodward Avenue, Rm 158

Courses Taught

SW 3710 Social Welfare and the Social Work Profession: History, Trends and Basic Concepts

SW 3810 Research Methods, Data Analysis, and Practice Evaluation I

SW 4997 Integrative Seminar in Social Work

SW 6991 International Social Work

SW 8580 Impact of Health and Disease on Social Functioning: Implications for Social Work Practice