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Institute of Public Health


The Public Health Institute (IPH) is a department of the College of Medicine and Health Sciences (CMHS). The IPH contributes to all six years of the undergraduate MD program and offers two graduate programs. They are the MPH and Ph.D Programs in Public and Occupational Health. The IPH faculty teach on other postgraduate courses including the Master’s of Medical Sciences, Ph.D programs in Biomedical Sciences and the professional Doctor of Pharmacy degree.

Faculty and staff in the IPH have expertise in research methodology, epidemiology, biostatistics, public health and occupational and environmental health. There is a varied research program including systematic reviews, and prospective cohort and intervention studies in chronic diseases, infectious diseases, maternal and child health, injury and ageing. The IPH collaborates with a range of stakeholders including other universities at home and abroad, the health authorities, local and national government departments, hospitals, clinics and industry. The IPH is also home to the Zayed Center for Health Sciences and is a World Health Organization Centre for Occupational Health.

Clinical & Community Services

The IPH faculty and staff work with a range of stakeholders to develop policies and programs. These include the Abu Dhabi Health Authority Abu Dhabi (in relation to the cancer registry, tuberculosis policy and the prevention of childhood injury), and the Ministry of Health and Prevention (regarding polio and vaccine policies). The IPH also contributes to public health lectures, workshops and awareness campaigns.


The IPH uses a wide range of teaching and learning methods over the six years of the various undergraduate and MD programs.

We offer the following courses:

  • Pre-Medical Program: Professional Practice and Communication, Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Health Promotion Projects and Lifestyle Projects.
  • Pre-Clinical Program: Epidemiology, Prevention and Control of Infection, Cardiovascular Disease, Respiratory Disease, Gastrointestinal Disease, Endocrine Disorders, Musculoskeletal Disorders and Neurological and Mental Health Disorders.
  • Clinical Program: Public Health, Needs Assessment, Health Systems, Cardiovascular Disease, Nutritional Epidemiology, Injury, Occupational Health, Cancer, Health Behavior, Infectious Disease Control, Health Promotion, Epidemiological Research Methods, Biostatistics, Research Protocol Writing and Critical Appraisal.
  • The Master’s of Public Health (MPH) program is a three-year professional, part-time program. It was founded in 2010 and has 32 students currently enrolled as well as 110 alumnae. Students select from 15 courses covering Public Health, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Health Promotion, Management, Health Protection, Clinical Epidemiology, Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Environmental Health, Occupational Health, Maternal and Child Health, and Global Health. Students on these courses are required to submit three written assignments.
  • The Ph.D in Public Health and Occupational Health was also started in 2010. In 2017 there were 12 students and two current alumnae. Research topics include the effects of health supplements, pesticide exposure, chemical exposure in the workplace, cardiovascular epidemiology, childhood obesity and gestational diabetes.


  1. Abdulla NM, Aziz F, Blair I, Grivna M, Adam B, Loney T. Prevalence of, and factors associated with health supplement use in Dubai, United Arab Emirates: a population-based cross-sectional study. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2019 Jul 12;19(1):172. doi: 110.1186/s12906-019-2593-6.
  2. Abdulla NM, Adam B, Blair I, Oulhaj A. Heavy metal content of herbal health supplement products in Dubai - UAE: a cross-sectional study. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2019 Oct 21;19(1):276. doi: 10.1186/s12906-019-2693-3.
  3. Aberer F, Pferschy PN, Tripolt NJ, Sourij C, Obermayer AM, Prüller F, Novak E, Reitbauer P, Kojzar H, Prietl B, Kofler S, Brunner M, Svehlikova E, Stojakovic T, Scharnagl H, Oulhaj A, Aziz F, Riedl R, Sourij H. Hypoglycaemia leads to a delayed increase in platelet and coagulation activation markers in people with type 2 diabetes treated with metformin only: Results from a stepwise hypoglycaemic clamp study. Diabetes Obes Metab. 2019 Oct 8. doi: 10.1111/dom.13889.
  4. Abu-Zidan FM, Sheek-Hussein M. Correction to: Diagnosis of abdominal tuberculosis: lessons learned over 30 years: pectoral assay. World J Emerg Surg. 2019 Aug 16;14:42. doi: 10.1186/s13017-019-0260-3.
  5. Al Alkeem F, Loney T, Aziz F, Blair I, Sonnevend Á, Sheek-Hussein M. Prevalence and factors associated with infectious intestinal diseases in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates, 2017: A population-based cross-sectional study. International Journal of Infectious Diseases 85 (2019) 188–194. Doi: 10.1016/j.ijid.2019.06.004
  6. Alarkawi D, Bliuc D, Tran T, Ahmed LA, Emaus N, Bjørnerem A, Jørgensen L, Christoffersen T, Eisman JA, Center JR. Impact of osteoporotic fracture type and subsequent fracture on mortality: the Tromsø Study. Osteoporos Int. 2019 Oct 26. doi: 10.1007/s00198-019-05174-5.
  7. Al Haddad A, Ali N, Elbarazi I, Elabadlah H, Al-Maskari F, Narchi H, Brabon C, Ghazal-Aswad S, AlShalabi FM, Zampelas A, Loney T, Blair I, Ahmed LA. Mutaba'ah-Mother and Child Health Study: protocol for a prospective cohort study investigating the maternal and early life determinants of infant, child, adolescent and maternal health in the United Arab Emirates. BMJ Open. 2019 Aug 5;9(8):e030937. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-030937.
  8. Al-Rifai RH, Chaabna K, Denagamage T, Alali WQ. Prevalence of enteric non-typhoidal Salmonella in humans in the Middle East and North Africa: Asystematic review and meta-analysis. Zoonoses Public Health. 2019 Nov;66(7):701-728. doi: 10.1111/zph.12631.
  9. Al-Rifai R H, Chaabna K, Denagamage T, Alali W Q. Prevalence of non-typhoidal salmonella enterica in food products in the Middle East and North Africa: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Food Control 109 (2020) 106908. Doi: 10/1016/j.foodcont.2019.106908.
  10. Al-Rifai RH, Loney T, Sheek-Hussein M, Zoughbor S, Ajab S, Olanda M, Al-Rasbi Z. Prevalence of, and Factors Associated with Intestinal Parasites in Multinational Expatriate Workers in Al Ain City, United Arab Emirates: An Occupational Cross-Sectional Study. J Immigr Minor Health. 2019 Jun 27. doi: 10.1007/s10903-019-00903-8.
  11. Al-Rifai RH, Majeed M, Qambar M, Ibrahim A, AlYammahi k, Aziz F. Type 2 Diabetes and Pre-diabetes Mellitus: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Prevalence Studies in Women of Childbearing Age in the Middle East and North Africa, 2000–2018. Systematic Reviews. (2019) 8:268 . doi : 10.1186/s13643-019-1187-1.
  12. Al-Shamsi S, Govender RD, Soteriades ES. Mortality and potential years of life lost attributable to non-optimal glycaemic control in men and women with diabetes in the United Arab Emirates: a population-based retrospective cohort study. BMJ Open. 2019 Sep 8;9(9):e032654. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-032654.
  13. Al-Shamsi S, Oulhaj A, Regmi D, Govender RD. Use of estimated glomerular filtration rate to predict incident chronic kidney disease in patients at risk of cardiovascular disease: a retrospective study. BMC Nephrol. 2019 Aug 20;20(1):325. doi: 10.1186/s12882-019-1494-8.
  14. Alsuwaidi RA, Elbarazi I, Al-Hamad S, Alali A, Aldhaheri R, Sheek-Hussein M. Investigating Parents’ Vaccine Hesitancy in the United Arab Emirates: A Cross-Sectional Survey. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2019 Oct; 6( Suppl 2): S602. Doi: 10.1093/ofid/ofz360.1511
  15. Alzaabi A, Al-Kaabi J, Al-Maskari F, Farhood AF, Ahmed LA. Prevalence of diabetes and cardio metabolic risk factors in young men in the United Arab Emirates: A cross-sectional national survey. Endocrinol Diabetes Metab. 2019 Jun 28;2(4):e00081. doi: 10.1002/edm2.81.
  16. Bettencourt-Silva R, Aguiar B, Sá-Araújo V, Barreira R, Guedes V, Marques Ribeiro MJ, Carvalho D, Östlundh L, Paulo MS. Diabetes-related symptoms, acute complications and management of diabetes mellitus of patients who are receiving palliative care: a protocol for a systematic review. BMJ Open. 2019 Jun 14;9(6):e028604. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-028604.
  17. Beyene KM, El Ghouch A, Oulhaj A. On the validity of time-dependent AUC estimation in the presence of cure fraction. Biom J. 2019 Nov;61(6):1430-1447. doi: 10.1002/bimj.201800376.
  18. GBD 2017 Colorectal Cancer Collaborators ( Elbarazi I ). The global, regional, and national burden of colorectal cancer and its attributable risk factors in 195 countries and territories, 1990-2017: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017. Lancet Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2019 Oct 21. pii: S2468-1253(19)30345-0. doi: 10.1016/S2468-1253(19)30345-0.
  19. Evashwick C, Tao D, Perkiö M, Grivna M, Harrison R. A scoping review of studies evaluating the education of health professional students about public health. Public Health. 2019 Oct 24;178:105-111. doi: 10.1016/j.puhe.2019.08.019.
  20. Khan MA, Shah SM, Shehab A, Ghosal S, Muhairi SJ, Al-Rifai RH, Al Maskari F, Alkaabi J, Nauman J. Screen time and metabolic syndrome among expatriate adolescents in the United Arab Emirates. Diabetes Metab Syndr. 2019 Jul - Aug; 13(4):2565-2569. doi: 10.1016/j.dsx.2019.07.006.
  21. Khan G, Sheek-Hussein M. The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus: An Emerging Virus of Global Threat. Emerging and Reeming Viral Pathogens 2019. Doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-819400-3.00008-9.
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  26. Panayiotou E A, Economidou S C, Kaitelidou D, Soteriades E S. Workplace Harassment and Depression in Mental Health Nurses: A National Survey from Cyprus. HSOA Journal of Community Medicine and Public Health Care. 2019; 6:047. Doi: 10.24966/CMPH-1978/100047.
  27. Paulo MS, Adam B, Akagwu C, Akparibo I, Al-Rifai RH, Bazrafshan S, Gobba F, Green AC, Ivanov I, Kezic S, Leppink N, Loney T, Modenese A, Pega F, Peters CE, Prüss-Üstün AM, Tenkate T, Ujita Y, Wittlich M, John SM. WHO/ILO work-related burden of disease and injury: Protocol for systematic reviews of occupational exposure to solar ultraviolet radiation and of the effect of occupational exposure to solar ultraviolet radiation on melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer. Environ Int. 2019 May;126:804-815. doi: 10.1016/j.envint.2018.09.039.
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  32. Soteriades ES, Psalta L, Leka S, Spanoudis G. Occupational stress and musculoskeletal symptoms in firefighters. Int J Occup Med Environ Health. 2019 Jun 14;32(3):341-352. doi: 10.13075/ijomeh.1896.01268.
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  35. Tenkate T, Adam B, Al-Rifai RH, Chou BR, Gobba F, Ivanov ID, Leppink N, Loney T, Pega F, Peters CE, Prüss-Üstün AM, Silva Paulo M, Ujita Y, Wittlich M, Modenese A. WHO/ILO work-related burden of disease and injury: Protocol for systematic reviews of occupational exposure to solar ultraviolet radiation and of the effect of occupational exposure to solar ultraviolet radiation on cataract. Environ Int. 2019 Apr;125:542-553. doi: 10.1016/j.envint.2018.10.001.
  36. Vogazianos P, Petkari E, Arakliti A, Soteriades ES, Antoniades A, Tozzi F. Work-Related Psychological Distress and Its Management: The Perspective of Employees in the Financial Industry Compared With Those in Human Services. J Occup Environ Med. 2019 Aug;61(8):e348-e353. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001632.


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Name Position Email Extension
Prof. Michal Grivna Professor and Chair m.grivna@uaeu.ac.ae 7653
Prof. Fatima Al Maskari Professor fatma.am@uaeu.ac.ae 7452
Prof. Syed Shah Professor syeds@uaeu.ac.ae 7458
Dr. Balasz Adam Associate Professor badam@uaeu.ac.ae 7513
Dr. Javaid Nauman Associate Professor javaid.nauman@uaeu.ac.ae 7466
Dr. Luai A. Ahmed Associate Professor luai.ahmed@uaeu.ac.ae 7511
Dr. Mohamud Sheek Hussein  Associate Professor msheekhussein@uaeu.ac.ae 7456
Dr. Rami Al Rifai Associate Professor rrifai@uaeu.ac.ae 7450
Dr. Iffat Elbarazi Assistant Professor ielbarazi@uaeu.ac.ae 7643
Dr. Abubaker Hassan Instructor ababakar.suliman@uaeu.ac.ae 7560
Dr. Mohamed El Sadig Instructor msadig@uaeu.ac.ae 7463
Dr. Mohammed Abid Visiting Professor mabid@uaeu.ac.ae 7438
Dr. Azhar Rahma Instructor azhar.talal@uaeu.ac.ae 7499
Dr. Emad Masuadi Assistant Professor EMasuadi@uaeu.ac.ae 7461


Note: If calling from outside the UAEU organization, dial (+971 3 713) before the extension.

Name Position Email Extension
Ms. Shamsa Al Shamsi Administrator I shamsaalshamsi@uaeu.ac.ae 7441

General Enquiries

Thank you for your interest in the Public Health Institute . We welcome your query and encourage you to contact us using the information below:

United Arab Emirates University,
College of Medicine and Health Sciences
P.O.Box: 17666, Al Ain,
Abu Dhabi, UAE
Phone : +971 3 7137 441


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