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Osei Darkwa

Visiting Clinical Associate Professor


Building & Room:

4246 EMTSW

Office Phone:

(312) 996-8561


Dr. Darkwa has over twenty five years of international social work, and administrative experience in higher education.

Professional Interests:
International Social Work and Social Development
Gerontological Social Work
Race and Ethnic Relations
Information Technology and Social Work Practice
Social Welfare Policy and Practice
Online and Virtual Learning Systems

Teaching Experience:
SocW 411: Critical Social Work in a Multicultural Society
SocW 460: Social Work Research
SocW 410 Human Behavior and the Social Environment
Social Welfare Policies and Services
Gerontological Social Work

Selected Publications


Darkwa, O., & Holton, J. (2021). Elderly African Americans Insights on the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Exploratory Study of Risk Perception and Personal, Social, and Cultural Factors. Health, 13, 354-368.

Cherner, Y. E., Mullett, G., Uhomoibhi, J., Darkwa, O. & Cherner, T. A. (2020). Activity-Based Gamified e-Learning for IoT and Energy Efficiency: Academic Education, Workforce Development, and Public Literacy. EPiC Series in Education Science, 3, 54-60.

Ruhiya Abubakar, A., Shankapul, S.R., Darkwa, O.K. (2017). A Review of Energy Demand Management Systems and Progress of Energy Supply and Demand Matching in Ghana. International Journal of Mechanical Engineering and Technology, 8(10), 285–299.

Darkwa, O.K. & Ross, A. (2004). Role of Multipurpose Community Telecentres in the socio-economic transformation of rural areas: A Case Study of Asante Akim Multipurpose Community Telecentre. GIMPA Journal of Leadership, Management and Administration, 2(1), 108-124

Darkwa, O.K. & Mazibuko, N.M. (2002).  Population Aging and Its Impact on Elderly Welfare in Africa. The International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 54(2), 107-123.

Darkwa, O.K. (2001). Toward a comprehensive understanding of the needs of elderly Ghanaians. Ageing International, 25(4), 65-79.

Darkwa, O.K. (2000). Walking the Last Mile. Multipurpose Community Telecentres and Service Delivery in Rural Africa. Social Development Issues, 22(2/3) 71-76.

Bonner, G. & Darkwa, O.D. (2000). Autopsy decision making among African Americans. Journal of Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders, 14(4):202-8.

Darkwa, O.K. & Eskow, S. (2000). Creating an African Virtual Community College: Prospects and Challenges. First Monday, 5(5), 1-9.

Darkwa, O.K. (2000). An exploratory survey on the application of telemedicine in Ghana. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare. 6, 1-7.

Darkwa, O.K. (2000). Social welfare in a global context, by James Midgley. A book review. Journal of Social Services Research. 26(3), 97-98.

Owen, W. & Darkwa, O.K. (2000). Role of Multipurpose Community Telecentres in Accelerating National Development in Ghana. First Monday. doi:

Darkwa, O.K. & Mazibuko, F. (2000). Creating social work virtual learning communities in Africa. The International Journal of Continuing Social Work Education, 3(1), 15-24.

Darkwa, O.K. (1999). Continuing social work education in an electronic age: The opportunities and challenges facing social work educator in Ghana. The International Journal of Continuing Social Work Education, 2(1), 38-43.

Darkwa, O.K. (1999). Toward a national policy for the elderly in Ghana. Ageing International, Summer, 31-45.

Darkwa, O. D. (1999). The elderly in rural Ghana: Health care needs and challenges Southern African Journal of Gerontology, 8(1), 19-22.

Herlan. P. & Darkwa, O.K. (1999). Cultural relevancy of distance learning in Africa. Distance Education Report, 3(22), 7-8.

Darkwa, O.K.; Herlan, P. (1999). Distance education as a new educational paradigm for promoting higher education in Africa (Part I). Distance Education Report, May, 2-4.

Darkwa, O.K.; Herlan, P. (1999). Distance Education as a new educational paradigm for promoting higher education in Africa (Part II). Distance Education Report, June, 2-4.

Chadiha, L., Morrow-Howell, N., Darkwa, O.K. & Berg-Weger, M. (1998).  Support systems of African American family caregivers of elders with dementing illness. African American Research Perspectives, Spring, 9 104-114.

Proctor, E., Chadiha, L.A., Morrow-Howell, N., Chadiha, L. & Darkwa, O.K. (1997). Physical and cognitive impairment among chronically ill African American and White Elderly in home care following hospital discharge. Medical Care, 35(8), 782-791.

Darkwa, O.K. (1997). Reforming the Ghanaian social security system: Prospects and challenges. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, 1 (2), 175-187.

Darkwa, O.K. (1997). Retirement policies and economic security for older people in Africa. Southern African Journal of Gerontology, 6(2), 32-26.

Chadiha, L.A., Proctor, E.K., Morrow-Howell, N. & Darkwa, O.K. (1996). Religiosity and church-based assistance among chronically ill African-American and White Elderly. Journal of  Religious Gerontology, 10(1), 17-36.

Rogge, M. & Darkwa, O. (1996). Poverty and the Environment: An International Perspective for Social Work Education”. International Social Work. 39(4) 395-409.

Chadiha, L.A., Proctor, E., Morrow-Howell, N., Darkwa, O.K. & Dore, P. (1995). Post-hospital home care for African-American  and White elderly. The Gerontologist, 35 (2), 233-239.

Chadiha, L.A., Morrow-Howell, N., Darkwa, O.K., McGillick, J. (1994). Targeting the Black church and clergy for disseminating          knowledge about Alzheimer’s Disease and caregivers supportive services. American Journal of Alzheimer’s Care, 9(3), 17-20.

Book Chapters

Darkwa, O.K. (2015). Information Technology and National Development. In Appiah-Adu, K. & Bawumia, B. (Eds.). Key Determinants of National Development: Historical Perspectives and Implications for Developing Economies (pp 231-246). Farnham, UK: Gower Publishing.

Darkwa, O.K. (2006) Older Adults in Developing Nations. In Berkman, B & D’Ambruoso, S. (eds.) Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging (pp 967-972). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.


BA (Hons), University of Ghana
Post-Graduate Studies, University of Oslo
PhD, Washington University, St. Louis

Licensures and Certifications

Professional Certificate in Online Education, University of Wisconsin at Madison

Professional Memberships

Oxford Academic Union
African Gerontological Society