American Univesity of Beirut

SUMMER INSTITUTE 2021 PUBLIC HEALTH IN HUMANITARIAN CRISIS

​​​FHS is one of seven faculties at AUB. Inaugurated in 1954, it became the first independent, self-governed, pioneer school of public health in the Arab world. Offering a leading Master of Public Health Program, accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health in the US since 2006. It is currently one of nine academic public health programs outside the United States accredited by CEPH. CEPH accreditation means that the quality of the academic programs offered at FHS are of an international standard. 

FHS augments knowledge and boosts the Lebanese and regional public health by undertaking scholarly, pertinent, and interdisciplinary research, responding to priority health issues and training needs. FHS has a prominent history of success in informed policy shaping, health program implementation, and community outreach, emphasizing the enforcement of social sciences to health and disease research.

Amidst the challenges that are facing most of the countries in the region due to COVID19, civil unrest and collapsed economies, several governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations find themselves falling short of having the capacity needed to match the prevailing needs and priorities. To help bridge that gap, the Faculty of Health Sciences at the American University of Beirut (AUB) has planned a series of short modules through its Summer Institute to assist agencies and individuals in their humanitarian response to these crises.  These modules range from situational analysis to planning appropriate interventions through communication and community engagement, to monitoring and evaluation. As a starter, the Summer Institute shall offer two courses in July 2021 — Risk Communication and Community Engagement during emergencies, followed by Outbreak Investigation.

Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE), from July 12-14, 2021, will be a three-day training module that engages health professionals, honing their skills in communication through the community engagement approach, to help better their development of preparedness plans. The course will improve participants' risk message development skills in reaching out to a wide variety of stakeholders and communities through appropriate and effective media communications to assist in emergency mitigation.

Emergency Preparedness: Outbreak Investigation, from July 15-16, 2021, will be a two-day training module. This module is of interest to health care professionals, policy makers, employees in non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as well as individuals studying or working in global and public health.  This module will equip participants with critical skills to making rapid, practical decisions for actions to prevent and control outbreaks. This module will increase the technical capacity of public health professionals and community health workers necessary to deploy expertise for rapid response. ​

Target Audience

Professionals from different government, local, international and UN agencies working in humanitarian issues and emergency response in Lebanon and the region. 

Methodology

The training will be online. It will focus on using experiential learning. Workshops will be mainly interactive, allowing participants to draw from their own experiences and to share the challenges they face in this field. Participants are expected to engage actively in the discussions and exercises.  ​​​

Language

The training material and the delivery of the workshops will be in English.​

Certificates of Completion

Certificates of completion from the Faculty of Health Sciences at the American University of Beirut ​will be granted to participants who attend each workshop.

​Location and Date

The workshops will be delivered via Zoom & Moodle.

  • Risk Communication and Community Engagement​ l July 12-14, 2021
  • Emergency Preparedness: Outbreak Investigation l July 15-16, 2021

Fees

  • Risk Communication and Community Engagement: USD 300 per person
  • Emergency Preparedness: Outbreak investigation: USD 250 per person ​

Special discounts are available for group registration.​ A limited budget for financial support will be allocated on a case by case basis. For more details, please contact Ms. Reem Hijjawi, rh226@aub.edu.lb​

Payment

After submitting ​​your registration form, we will review your information and send you an invoice in order to proceed with your chosen payment method. Below are descriptions on payment methods for ease of choice.

Method of Payment

  1. Direct Pay at AUB Cashier
    • Fees will be directly settled at the Cashier's Office at AUB upon the issuance of an invoice. Participants will directly receive a payment receipt. Participants are kindly requested to send the scanned copy of the receipt as proof of payment to rh226@aub.edu.lb
  1. Bank Transfer
    • In case of bank transfers, you will be issued an invoice in order to complete the transaction. Once transfers are settled, participants are kindly requested to send the scanned copy of the bank receipt as proof of payment to rh226@aub.edu.lb

Registration & Payment Deadline

  • Deadline for registration: July 4, 2021
  • Deadline for payment: July 6, 2021​


​Cont​act Us

​Reem Hijjawi l Research Assistant

E-mail: rh226@aub.edu.lb

 Facilitators



Dr. Marco Bardus

Assistant Professor, HPCH Department

American University of Beirut, Lebanon

Marco BardusMA, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the HPCH Department. He holds a PhD in Communication Sciences from the Università della Svizzera italiana, Lugano, Switzerland, and a Master of Arts in Corporate Public Relations from the University of Udine in Gorizia, Italy. At AUB, he teaches Social Marketing and Health Communication in the Graduate Public Health Program and the undergraduate Health Communication program. He is also a member of the European Social Marketing Association (representative for Lebanon) and a member of the Italian order of journalists (as a publicist). He applies this industry background in his research and teaching activities. His research is focused on understanding how to effectively influence behaviors associated with public health issued through the development and evaluation of interventions that are based on strategic marketing plans. His areas of expertise include digital health interventions for preventive health behaviors (e.g., physical activity promotion, weight control, cancer prevention through screening, family planning) and pro-environmental behaviors (e.g., recycling, reducing, reusing waste). Recently, he has been involved in several projects addressing COVID-19 risk communication and information management and digital health literacy. He is a member of the team at AUB that co-developed the official contact tracing app for Lebanon (Ma3an) with the Ministry of Public Health. 



Dr. Nada M. ​Melhem

Associate Professor, MLS Program

Director, Division of Health Professions

Am​e​ri​​can Universit​y of ​​Beirut,​ Lebanon

​​Nada M. MelhemPhD, is an Associate Professor of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology at the Faculty of Health Sciences, American University of Beirut. Melhem is currently the Director of the Division of Health Professions and the Chair of the Medical Laboratory Sciences Program at the Faculty of Health Sciences. With a unique background and training in virology, immunology and epidemiology, Melhem developed at AUB a transdisciplinary and translational research program that focuses on viral immunopathogenesis and the epidemiology of viruses, and their impact on global human health. Melhem's research program focuses on viral diarrheal diseases specifically noroviruses, human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1), and currently COVID-19.  In addition to a record of accomplishment of productive research work and publications, Melhem has a record of accomplishment in professional service. She is an elected council member of the International Society for Infectious Diseases. Melhem is also a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) COVID-19 Epidemiology Technical Advisory Group.  Moreover, she is a member of the National Committee for Communicable Diseases since 2009 serving as a scientific advisor to the Minister of Public Health and the Director General of the Ministry in Lebanon. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Melhem has been serving as well on the COVID-19 Expert Committee at the American University of Beirut and on a national taskforce of the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense Commission. Melhem was recently selected to serve as the National Polio Containment Coordinator in Lebanon. 



Dr. Tamar Kabakian-Khasholian

Associate Professor, HPCH Department​

Am​e​ri​​can Universit​y of ​​Beirut,​ Lebanon​​​

Tamar Kabakian-KhasholianMPH, PhD, is an Associate Professor at the HPCH Department. She holds an MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the American University of Beirut and a PhD in Maternal Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London. She teaches health communication, implementation research, maternal health and research methods in the graduate Public Health program and the undergraduate Health Communication program at the American University of Beirut. Her research focuses on maternal and reproductive health and uses interventions adopting both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies to improve maternal health outcomes, advance quality of care and enhance a positive and respectful childbirth experience. Her recent work addresses also misinformation and risk communication in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. ​​

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