Iman A. Hakim, MD, PhD, MPH, dean of the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona, has been appointed to the governing board of the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH). Her term extends through 2017.
CEPH is an independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit schools of public health and public health programs outside schools of public health.
Dr. Hakim is the Endowed Chair in Public Health at the UA Zuckerman College of Public Health and the founding director of the Global Health Institute. She is a member of the UA Cancer Center and UA Sarver Heart Center at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson. 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 – Tucson.
Dr. Hakim previously served as the director of the Division of Health Promotion Sciences and as the director of family and child health concentration at the UA Zuckerman College of Public Health. She served on a panel of international health experts as a member of the Healthy Roads International Advisory Committee.
Dr. Hakim has been the principal investigator of several large-scale, behavior-change interventions and clinical trials. She is internationally known for her translational research and work on the role of bioactive food compounds, such as green tea and d-limonene in modulation of oxidative damage and prevention of chronic diseases, such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. Her research focuses on health promotion, dietary interventions and the role of gene-environment and gene-nutrition interactions in chronic disease prevention.
Dr. Hakim is currently chair of the State of Arizona Biomedical Research Commission and co-chair of the Population and Health Outcomes Advisory Council at the Arizona Health Sciences Center. In 2014, she was selected as a member of the Executive Council for the Committee of International Communication of Chinese Medicine under the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies.
Dr. Hakim earned her medical degree from Cairo University in Egypt where she completed her pediatric residency. She received her PhD in child health and nutrition from Ain-Shams University in Cairo, Egypt, and her Master of Public Health degree in preventive medicine from the University of Arizona.