The mission of the Center for Research on Population and Health is to support research on issues at the intersection of population and health in Lebanon, the region, and internationally, and to disseminate findings to scientists, policymakers, and the public. The CRPH was founded in 2002 with the support of the Wellcome Trust, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Ford Foundation—the latter providing an endowment which has been matched by AUB fundraising efforts. Over the past decade, the Center has led a multi-disciplinary research program on topics including reproductive health, childbirth, youth, tobacco control, and mental health. Today, it builds on this work and seeks to expand to new areas, and strengthen comparative research in the Arab region and beyond. Researchers associated with the Center are epidemiologists, physicians, social scientists and public health professionals who combine expertise in public health with a concern for how new evidence can contribute to policies and interventions to improve health.
The Center provides researchers at FHS with resources for data management and analyses; access to regional data sets; proposal development, and support for new areas of research. CRPH also hosts researchers who wish to visit the the Faculty of Health Sciences with the goal of collaborating with FHS faculty or of pursuing innovative research or writing activities.
Center Director and Committee
The CRPH director is Professor Carla Makhlouf Obermeyer. She is advised by a committee composed of FHS faculty members DeJong, Ghandour, Melhem, Yassin, and Zurayk, and instructors Asmar and Ismail. The committee supports activities designed to facilitate research, and provides input and recommendations regarding collaborative research, visitors hosted by CRPH, research priorities at FHS, and linkages with colleagues at FHS, the region, and beyond.