Sola Aruna obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences in 1981 and MBChBin 1984 from the University of Ife,Nigeria. She gained her MPH (Distinction) from the University of Leeds in 1996 as a British Chevening Scholar, and also holds the Diploma in Child Health of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. She became a Fellow of the UK Faculty of Public Health in 2007. Sola also holds a postgraduate teaching certificate.
Starting work as a Medical Officer with the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) in Abuja Nigeria in 1985,she worked there for several years mainly in the field of Child Health. She took time off from 1990 to 1992 to work as a volunteer to the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica West Indies, under the Nigerian Technical Aid Corps Programme. Here she worked as a District Medical Officer for Roseau District as well as a Medical Officer in Paediatrics. She left the FCDAas Principal Medical Officer (Child Health) in 1998 to join the Nigerian National Health Insurance Scheme as Assistant General Manager (Medical Services). She laterheaded the Planning and Monitoring as well as the Programmes Departments as Deputy General Manager before leaving in 2002 to relocate to the UK. Here she worked as Public Health Practitioner before joining the Public Health Specialist Training Programme. She was appointed a Consultant in Public HealthMedicine in 2007 with NHS Gloucestershire. Her portfolio areas include Cancer, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities. She currently works as a Consultant in Public Health Medicine with the Gloucestershire County Council.
Sola is a keen amateur gardener and loves to listen tomusic.