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The American University of Beirut (AUB) in Lebanon is partnering with Yale University, in collaboration with the University of Iowa in the US, to establish a Global Environmental and Occupational Health Research and Training Hub for the MENA region (GEOHealth MENA). The GEOHealth-MENA program, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), focuses on environment and occupational health (EOH) research and training. It aims at advancing the pace of scientific discovery in this field and training experts in EOH research by providing a platform for short-term (workshops, courses) and long-term training (MPH, PhD) to health professionals in the region.

Our Mission

The mission of the Global Environmental and Occupational Health Research and Training Hub for the Middle East and North Africa (GEOHealth-MENA program) is to build and strengthen EOH research capacity in the context of disadvantaged populations, at AUB, sister institutions, and relevant NGOs in Lebanon and the MENA region..GEOHealth-MENA will identify, train, and recruit a diverse group of outstanding scientists dedicated to advancing EOH research in the Middle East and North Africa region.

GEOHealth-MENA will advance the sceince and practice of EOH research in the region by:
  1. Providing full scholarships to 3 highly qualified and committed applicants (one from each of Egypt, Lebanon, and Sudan) to pursue a PhD in Epidemiology at AUB’s Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) focusing on EOH issues.
  2. Providing full scholarships to 4 highly qualified and committed MDs (two from Lebanon and one from each of Egypt and Sudan) to pursue an MPH at AUB’s FHS and a fellowship in Occupational Medicine at AUB’s Faculty of Medicine.
  3. Providing mentorship and research training opportunities at Yale University and the University of Iowa in the US
  4. Offering short-term research and agricultural safety and health training to the community.

Contact Us

For questions regarding AUB and your application to the Faculty of Health Sciences, please check out the FAQ section on the AUB Graduate Admissions Website.

For all further questions please reach out by email to


  • Co-Director, GEOHealth-Mena

    Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine; Chief, Section of Global Health and International Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medicine; Director, Yale-LSHTM Fellowship in Global Health and International Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medicine; Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health

    Hani Mowafi, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor, Chief of the Section of Global Health in the Department of Emergency Medicine and he serves as the Director of the Yale-London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Fellowship in Global Health and International Emergency Medicine. Dr. Mowafi's work focuses on developing the science and practice of emergency care with emphasis on low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) where the burden of emergency conditions is highest and where there is a large unmet need for emergency care. Internationally known for his work on emergency and trauma care in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), Dr. Mowafi has extensive experience conducting training, research, and program development in the Middle East and Africa. He has served as an expert consultant for the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees, the World Bank and the World Health Organization where he is currently an Emergency Care Consultant for the WHO's Global Emergency and Trauma Care Initiative. He is the Co-Director of the NIH-funded Middle East and North Africa Program for Advanced Injury Research (MENA PAIR) - a partnership between Yale University and the American University of Beirut.Dr. Mowafi has served on scientific review panels for both global injury and humanitarian research including the National Institutes of Health Research (UK), and Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (UK). He serves as the Associate Editor for Trauma for BMC Emergency Medicine.Dr. Mowafi's research interests are assessing the health burden and impacts of trauma and injury in LMICs; health and human security in humanitarian emergencies; and developing metrics for global emergency care. Dr. Mowafi has a long track record mentoring junior investigators and practitioners in global health careers including trainees in the United States, East Africa and the Middle East.Dr. Mowafi has been recognized for his leadership and serves on the International Committee of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), previously as the Chair of the ACEP International Section, and Chair of the of the Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship Consortium. In 2017 he was awarded the Humanitarian Service Award from the Global Emergency Medicine Academy of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine in recognition of his work studying and mitigating the impacts of humanitarian crises around the world.
  • Co-Director, GEOHealth-MENA

    Professor of Public Health and Occupational and Environmental Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, American University of Beirut; Co-editor of the landmark book on “Public Health in the Arab World” (Cambridge University Press, 2012) ; Co-chair of the Lancet-AUB Commission on Syria

    Nuwayhid is a strong believer in interdisciplinary and community-based research and has successfully bridged his three areas of specialization in medicine, general public health, and environmental and occupational health. His research interests include ecosystem approach to human health (Ecohealth), environmental determinants of health, and occupational health with a focus on working children..