Dr Stella Ouma

Programme Manager: ICT


Tel: +27 11 950 4036


Stella is currently a Senior Lecturer at the school of Information Technology in Monash South Africa. At present, she holds a PhD degree in Information Technology from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University which was awarded in 2014.   Previously, she studied at Tshwane University of Technology where she graduated in 2008 with Master of Technology degree in Business information Systems. She also holds a BSc (Hons.) degree in Information Technology from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya.

Teaching Experience

Previously before working in Monash University, Stella worked in Tshwane University of Technology as a part time lecturer in 2008 and as a lecturer in 2009. She mainly taught Java and Visual Basic units. She joined Monash University in the same capacity as a lecturer in February 2010. The units that she has taught since joining Monash South Africa include; E-business, Human Computer Interaction, Systems development, User Interfaces and Software Engineering. In 2010, Stella was awarded a certificate of best performing unit of the semester in the School of Information Technology in Monash South Africa by the Pro Vice Chancellor and President of Monash South Africa. She is a member of IEEE association.

Research interests

Her past research have contributed to m-health and e-health initiatives within the developing world an area that contributes to Information and Communications Technologies for Development (ICT4D).Stella has also been involved in research in the Human Computer Interaction domain. She has presented her research work in various workshops and international conferences including journals. In the past she has been involved in supervision of honours students and currently supervising masters’ students at the School of Information Technology. She is also involved in a collaborative research project with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) South Africa. In terms of research outreach and service, she has examined various post graduate theses in her research area from University of South Africa (UNISA).

Her current research interests in Information Technology are in the areas of Human Computer Interaction, ICT4D and Health Informatics from which she has published various articles. She has supervised various postgraduate students in their honours degrees and currently is supervising masters’ students within the school of Information Technology.

  • Botha Adele, Sarleno Christopher, Niemman Mattheus and Ouma StellaDisconnected Electronic Badges in Resource Constrained Environments. A use case from the rural Nciba district in the Eastern Cape. Second International Conference on Advances in Computing, Communication and Information Technology – CCIT 2014. University of Birmingham, UK 16-17 November,2014.
  • Chelule, E., Van Greunen, Darelle., Herselman, Marlien, Alida Veldsman and Ouma, Stella. User experience of mobile support services for rural and micro enterprisesNew           Delhi, India.Mobile for Development conference (M4D). 2012. ISSN 1403-8099.
  • Ouma, Stella, Herselman, Marlien & Van Greunen, Darelle. Factors that influence m-health implementations in resource constrained areas in the developing world. CIRN Prato Community Informatics Conference, 9–11 November 2011 Italy.ISBN:978-0-9581058-9-7
  • Stella Ouma, Marlien Herselman, Retha and Van Grauen. Assessing the healthcare landscape within developing nations: Impact on design reality gaps. IASTED (International Association of Science Technology and Development). Botswana .September 6-10 2010. ISSN is: 1922-8058 and ISBN is: 978-0-88986-848-9
  • Nkubela L. Ruxwana,  Marlien Herselman, Dalenca Potas and Stella  Ouma. Advocating a quality assurance model for the implementation of  e-health in rural South Africa. Health Information Management Journal (HIMAA).Volume number 39 Number 1 2010.ISSN 1833-3583(PRINT) 1833-3575(ONLINE). Pages 37-42
  • Stella Ouma, Marlien Herselman and Darelle Van GrauenEssential UX metrics to be considered when designing m-health applications in order to provide positive user experiences. (AIDIS) International Association for Development of the Information Society.Freiburg, Germany. 28 – 31 July 2010. ISBN 978-972-8939-15-1
  • Stella Ouma, M.E. Herselman and Darelle van Greunen.    Implementing successful e-health implementations within developing countries.5th Annual International Conference on Computing and ICT Research Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.2 – 5 August 2009
  • Stella Ouma, N. Ruxwana and M.E. Herselman. An evaluation of e-health Initiatives in Developing Countries.4th International Conference on Broadband Communication, Information Technology & Biomedical Applications. BroadBandCom ’09. 15th to 18th, July, 2009. Wroclaw, Poland.
  • Stella Ouma and Marlien Herselman. Digital divide affecting e-health implementations in rural    Hospitals.  Case study of Kenya. Presented in October at 2nd IFIP International Symposium on Wireless Communications and Information Technology in Developing Countries, CSIR,   Pretoria, South Africa.6th to 7th October 2008.
  • Stella Ouma and Marlien Herselman. E-health in Rural Areas: Case of Developing Countries. Journal of World academy of science, engineering and technology ,volume 40, April 2008, ISSN: 2070-3724
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