December 14, 2004
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AUA President Dr. Haroutune Armenian Receives Lebanese Cedar Medal
BEIRUT - AUA President, Dr. Haroutune Armenian, was awarded Lebanon's Cedar Medal last week during a ceremony that marked the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Faculty of Health Sciences of the American University of Beirut (AUB). The decision was made by Lebanese President Emile Lahoud to recognize Dr. Armenian's international, regional, and local accomplishments in the field of public health, bringing prestige not only to the AUB, but to all of Lebanon.
Dr. Armenian is currently the President of the American University of Armenia, Dean of AUA's College of Health Sciences, and a Professor of Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health. Between 1989 & 1996 he was the Director of the Master of Public Health Program at Johns Hopkins. Previously, he was Dean and Professor of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the American University of Beirut. Dr. Armenian received his Medical Degree from the AUB and his Dr.P.H. in Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health.
He is the author of many scholarly works and has published close to a 100 scientific articles in prestigious international journals on a variety of health issues including familial paroxysmal polyserositis, cancer epidemiology, AIDS, psychopathology, war, disasters and infant mortality in Armenian parish records. Dr. Armenian is the author-editor of about 20 volumes including a textbook on Epidemiology and Health Services that was published by Oxford University Press in 1998. He is currently finishing a textbook on the case-control method due to be published in late 2005 by Oxford University Press.
AUB Associate Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Iman Nuwayhid, said, "He is truly a bridge between the east and west...At no time did Haroutune Armenian miss an opportunity to link the US, Armenia, and Lebanon in collaborative or joint academic activities. He remains the mentor, advisor, and collaborator for many here at AUB and at other universities in the three countries." In bestowing the honor to Dr. Armenian on behalf of President Lahoud, Minister Dr. Karam Karam said, "Dr. Armenian embodies the highest level of cultural cooperation."
Dr. Haroutune Armenian continues to contribute to the advancement of the public health field in the region through his scientific works and academic collaborations. Under his leadership, in September 2005, the American University of Armenia will host the Association of Schools of Public Health European Region's annual conference, whereby 200 delegates from Europe and the Middle East are expected to attend. The conference `Educating the Public Health Workforce: Development Perspectives for the European and Mediterranean Regions,' is the first time to be hosted by a former Soviet Republic and coincides with the 10th Anniversary of the College of Health Sciences.
The American University of Armenia is registered as a non-profit educational organization in both Armenia and the United States and is affiliated with the Regents of the University of California. Receiving major support from the AGBU, AUA offers instruction leading to the Masters Degree in eight graduate programs. For more information about AUA, visit www.aua.am.
Photo: Lebanon's State Minister Dr. Karam Karam pinning the national Cedar Medal on AUA President Dr. Haroutune Armenian