To whom it may concern,
I have a bachelor degree in environmental health and a master degree in public health from the American University of Beirut. In 2014, I coordinated two qualitative projects at the faculty of Health Sciences there for one year. One of the projects was about identifying the social determinants of early marriage of Syrian girl refugees in Bekaa (Qab Elias). I got involved in several qualitative research projects and
practice such as key informant interviews, focus groups, desk reviews and many field visits to refugee shelters.
I also developed a growing interest in health promotion and behavioral change. Sharing this common interest, a group of friends and I founded EcoVive, an environmental health school intervention initiative that aims to promote environmental and social well-being among youth through health promotion interactive sessions. Also, in 2018, I succeeded to become a coauthor in a research paper that aims to examine the feasibility of a self-directed weight loss intervention, targeting employees of an academic institution, using a virtual coaching app. After that, I wanted to pursue a career where projects have a high impact on the behavior of various population groups and their health. During the program, I had the chance to join the efforts of an amazing group of public health experts through 4allcauses, a public health awareness and community engagement initiative, where I have had the chance to plan and
deliver interactive awareness sessions related to hygiene and health tailored to youth and elderly.
These valuable learning experiences have added a lot to my knowledge and skills as I hope they have added to the communities they have served and/or are still serving.