Dr. Haroutune K. Armenian, associate dean of academic programs at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health in the United States, recently visited King Saud University’s College of Medicine to discuss areas of collaboration between the two institutions, particularly in graduate studies.
Dr. Armenian was received by Professor Mubarak F. Al-Faran, the dean of KSU’s College of Medicine and supervisor of the University Hospitals.
Among the topics they discussed was the master’s of science degree in public health program, which is common to both universities. KSU’s program recently was started between the Departments of Family and Community Medicine, Emergency Medicine and Medical Informatics in the College of Medicine, and the Department of Community Health in the College of Applied Medical Sciences, in cooperation with professors from the most renowned international universities.
The meeting was attended by Dr. Abdulaziz Bin Saeed, chairman of the Program Management Committee and head of the Department of Family and Community Health.
Dr. Armenian and another visiting professor gave lectures in the College of Medicine that were attended by many faculty members and students, as well as representatives of the Ministry of Health and the National Guards’ Medical Services Administration.
Dr. Armenian is a professor in epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and professor emeritus at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he received master’s and doctoral degrees in public health (1972-74). He received his M.D. from the American University of Beirut (AUB) in 1968, when he specialized in internal medicine.
He is one of the first researchers to apply epidemiologic methods to studying the effects of civil war on the population level during the 1980s in Lebanon and the long-term effects of the 1988 earthquake in Armenia. His academic and development leadership has included program development at the Ministry of Health in Bahrain, dean of the College of Health Sciences at the American University of Beirut, director of the MPH program at Johns Hopkins University and dean of the College of Health Sciences at the American University of Armenia.
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