Iman Hakim, MBBCh, PhD, MPH, is a professor of public health and the Dean of the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health (MEZCOPH). She also has served as the Director of the Division of Health Promotion Sciences at MEZCOPH and as the director of family and child health concentration. She is a member of the Arizona Cancer Center and Sarver Heart Center at the UA College of Medicine. She holds joint appointments in the Department of Nutrition at the UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the UA College of Medicine. Before coming to the UA, she was an associate professor at the National Research Center in Cairo, Egypt.
Her research includes an analysis of black tea and citrus peel in skin cancer prevention, the Mediterranean diet and cancer prevention, breast-feeding and the reduction of infections in infants, tea consumption and coronary heart disease, and the relationship between citrus peel intake and chronic diseases among postmenopausal women. She has been the Principal Investigator of large-scale, behavior change interventions trials focused on nutrition and tobacco; green tea intervention for weight gain prevention among women with breast cancer; chemoprevention of lung carcinogenesis using green tea; a dietary intervention to study the effects of tea consumption on smoking-related oxidative stress; development of tea polyphenols database and validation of the tea and citrus questionnaires; role of citrus-cancer association in Mediterranean diet; role of high tea consumption in the modulation of DNA damage; needs assessment for maternal child health block grant; ethnographic studies on female circumcision in rural Giza, Egypt; sociodemographic characteristics and environmental correlates of blood, salivary and breast milk lead levels in early childhood; and a longitudinal study of feeding patterns, health and development of infants and preschool children in a rural village in Giza, Egypt.
Dr. Hakim has spoken at numerous conferences and has published more than 50 articles. Membership to professional organizations includes American Public Health Association, Association of Teachers of Maternal and Child Health and the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), American Association for Nutritional Sciences (ASNS), and National Lung Cancer Partnership (NLCP). She received an MBBCh degree (an MD equivalent) at the College of Medicine at Cairo University, Egypt, where she also completed a pediatric residency. She also received a doctorate in child health and nutrition at the Ain-Shams University in Cairo, Egypt, and a Master of Public Health degree at the UA.