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Rima Habib, PhD 



Rima Habib, PhD
Associate Professor

Department of Environmental Health

Environmental Health
Faculty of Health Sciences
American University of Beirut
Van Dyck Building
PO Box 11-0236
Beirut, Lebanon
Office: Room 326, Van Dyck
Tel: 961 1 350000 Ext. 4630; Fax: 961-1-744470
Email: rima.habib@aub.edu.lb

Academic Degrees
PhD (2001) University of New South Wales

Research Interests
Occupational and environmental health, work and musculoskeletal disorders, women's exposures in domestic labor, built environment/living conditions, environmental and occupational exposures to ionizing radiation, ecosystem approach to human health (Ecohealth).

Research Projects
Living conditions, mental distress and musculoskeletal disorders in low income women.

Cultural and psychosocial influences on disability.

Risk factors facing women in domestic labor. International collaborative study of cancer risk among radiation workers in the nuclear industry.

Environmental radon levels in Lebanon.

Understanding water, understanding Health: The case of Bebnine

Courses Taught
ENHL 312: Occupational Health
ENHL 234: Occupational Health and Toxicology
ENHL 243: Global Environmental Issues
ENHL 241: Indoor and Outdoor Air Pollution
ENHL 220: Introduction to Environmental Sciences

Selected Publications

(In press) RR. Habib, Z. Mahfoud, M. Fawaz, S.H. Basma, J.S. Yeretzian. "Housing quality and ill health in a disadvantaged urban community." Public Health

2008 Habib RR
, Myntti C, Nuwayhid I, Merhi M. "Children and Adults in the Division of Domestic Labour in Disadvantaged Communities in the Outskirts of Beirut." Pp. 25-46. Section I: Gender Mainstreaming at Home and at Work. In: Selected Readings – IV International Congress on Women Work and Health. Edited by A. Sahaya. WWHI Publications, New Delhi, India, 2008.

2007
Vrijheid M, Cardis E, Ashmore P, Auvinen A, Bae J-M, Engels H, Gilbert E, Gulis G, Habib RR, Howe G, Kurtinaitis J, Malker H, Muirhead CR, Richardson DB, Rodriguez-Artalejo F, Rogel A, Schubauer-Berigan M, Tardy H, Telle-Lamberton M, Usel Mr, Veress K. "Mortality from diseases other than cancer following low doses of ionizing radiation: results from the 15-country study of nuclear industry workers". International Journal of Epidemiology 36:1126-1135.

2007 Abdallah SM, Habib RR, Nuwayhid RY, Chatila M, Katul, G. Radon measurements in well and spring water in Lebanon. Radiation Measurements 42:298-303.

2007 Khawaja M, Habib RR. "Husbands' involvement in housework and women's psychosocial health. Findings from a population-based study in Lebanon", American Journal of Public Health 97: 860-866.

2007  Vrijheid M, Cardis E, Ashmore P, Auvinen A, Gilbert E, Habib RR, Malker H, Muirhead CR, Richardson DB, Rogel A, Schubauer-Berigan M, Tardy H, Telle-Lamberton M, for the 15-Country Study Group. "Ionizing radiation and risk of chronic lymphocytic leukemia in the 15-country study of nuclear industry workers." Radiation Research, 170: 661-665, 2008.

2006Habib RR, Abdallah SM, Law M, Kaldor J. "Cancer incidence among Australian nuclear industry workers". Journal of Occupational Health 48:358-65.

2006Habib RR, Zohry A; Nuwayhid IA; Najdi F. "Older adults in the division of domestic labor in communities on the outskirts of Beirut". European Journal of Ageing 3:137-145.

2006Habib RR, Nuwayhid IA, Yeretzian JS. "Paid Work and Domestic Labor in Disadvantaged Communities on the Outskirts of Beirut, Lebanon". Sex Roles: A Journal of Research 55:321-329.

2006Habib RR, El-Masri A, Heath RL. Women's Strategies for Handling Household Detergents. Environmental Research 101:184-194.

2006Habib RR, Abdallah SM, Law M, Kaldor J. Response from the Authors: Mortality among Nuclear Industry Workers at Lucas Heights Science and Technology Centre. Letter to the Editor. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health 30:189.

2006Habib RR, Basma SH, Yeretzian, JS. "Harboring illnesses: on the association between disease and living conditions in a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon". International Journal of Environmental Health Research 16:99-111.

2005Habib RR, Hamdan M, Nuwayhid I, Odaymat F, Campbell OMR. "Musculoskeletal disorders among full-time homemakers in poor communities". Women & Health 42:1-14.

2005 Cardis E, Vrijheid M, Blettner M, Gilbert E, Hakama M, Hill C, Howe G, Kaldor J, Muirhead CR, Schubauer-Berigan M, Yoshimura T, Bermann F, Cowper G, Fix J, Hacker C, Heinmiller B, Marshall M, Thierry-Chef I, Utterback D, Ahn Y-O, Amoros E, Ashmore P, Auvinen A, Bae J-M, Bernar Solano J, Biau A, Combalot E, Deboodt P, Diez Sacristan A, Eklof M, Engels H, Engholm G, Gulis G, Habib R, Holan K, Hyvonen H, Kerekes A, Kurtinaitis J, Malker H, Martuzzi M, Mastauskas A, Monnet A, Moser M, Pearce MS, Richardson DB, Rodriguez-Artalejo F, Rogel A, Tardy H, Telle-Lamberton M, Turai I, Usel M, Veress K. "Risk of cancer after low doses of ionising radiation - retrospective cohort study in 15 countries". British Medical Journal 331:77-80.

2005Habib RR, Abdallah SM, Law M, Kaldor J. Mortality Rates among Nuclear Industry Workers at Lucas Heights Science and Technology Centre. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health 29:229-37.

Professional Affiliations
International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH)

International Society of Urban Health (ISUH)

Lebanese Epidemiological Association (LEA)

Public Health Association of Australia
   
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