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Center for Research on Population and Health (CRPH)
About the CRPH

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 Center has led a multi-disciplinary research program on a variety of regional public health issues, including reproductive health, mental health, childbirth, youth, tobacco control, HIV, and community interventions to improve nutrition. Members and affiliates of the Center are epidemiologists, physicians, social scientists and public health professionals who combine expertise in particular public health issues with a concern for social determinants of health and how new evidence can contribute to policies and interventions to improve health.

The Center conducts reviews of evidence and produces research syntheses on public health issues of importance in Arab countries. It promotes innovative approaches to research and fosters exchanges and collaborations among AUB faculty, graduate students, and colleagues in the Arab region and beyond, through conferences, workshops and seminars.

The Center also hosts MPH practicum students, MS thesis projects and provides students and researchers at FHS with support in survey development and data management; access to regional data sets; and support for new areas of research.


Director: Professor Carla Makhlouf Obermeyer
Associate Director: Assistant Professor Hala Ghattas                                                   
Postdoctoral Research Fellow: Chaza Akik

Christelle Akl
Tatiana Elghossain
Zeina Jamaleddine
Sandra Mesmar
Eman Sharara

CRPH Committee
The committee supports activities designed to facilitate research, and provides input and recommendations regarding collaborative research, visitors hosted by CRPH, research priorities at FHS, as well as linkages with colleagues at FHS, the region, and beyond. In addition to the director and associate director, the committee includes the following members:
Professor Jocelyn DeJong
Assistant Professor Lilian Ghandour
Assistant Professor Nada Melhem
Associate Professor Sawsan Abdulrahim
Professor Huda Zurayk
Instructor Khalil El Asmar
Instructor Ruba Ismail



Faculty of Health Sciences
Van Dyck Hall, Room 334
Tel: +961 1 350 000 (Ext: 4566)
Fax: +961 1 744 470

Mailing Address
Faculty of Health Sciences
Van Dyck Hall
American University of Beirut
PO Box 11-0236 Riad El-Solh,
Beirut 1107 2020,


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