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Lebanon

Major Positions

First woman Academic Dean at AUB.
Professor Emeritus in the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health at AUB.
Internationally recognized scholar on women's health issues.

Major Accomplishments

Dr. Huda Zurayk is an internationally recognized scholar on women’s health issues and was the first woman academic dean at the American University of Beirut (AUB). Zurayk joined the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) at AUB in 1974. She became professor and chair of the department in 1985. In 1987, she joined the Population Council Regional Office in Cairo as senior associate, where she was involved in supporting social science research on population issues in the region. She also founded the Reproductive Health Working Group, a research network which remains active to date.

Zurayk returned to AUB in 1998 and served as dean of the FHS until 2008. She is currently an emeritus professor, since 2017. While Zurayk has contributed in many areas of research and has numerous publications, her research on women’s reproductive health has been seminal in revealing the interplay of biomedical, public health, social and war-related factors in the production of health and well-being for women in the region. She has served as member of many Advisory Councils and Task Forces locally, regionally and internationally.

Zurayk earned her Ph.D. in Biostatistics from the Johns Hopkins University-School of Public Health in 1974. Zurayk has spent decades promoting health, and supporting public health education and research in the Arab World. She continues to be active in research and serves on the Board of Trustees of various teaching and research institutions.

Last modified: 01/09/2019

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