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). Dr. Hakim is the Mel & Enid Zuckerman Endowed Chair in Public Health and the founding director of the Global Health Institute. She also has served as the Director of the Department of Health Promotion Sciences at MEZCOPH and as the director of family and child health concentration. She is a member of the UA 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.
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. She has been the principal investigator of several large-scale, behavior change interventions and clinical trials focused on nutrition and cancer prevention, tea consumption and coronary heart disease, chemoprevention of lung carcinogenesis using green tea; dietary interventions to study the effects of tea consumption on smoking-related oxidative stress and role of d-limonene and citrus-cancer association in Mediterranean diet.
Dr. Hakim has spoken at numerous national and international conferences. She is the chair of the accreditation Committee for the Association of Accredited Schools & Programs in Public Health (ASPPH) for three 2 year-terms (2020-24). She was selected to represent the ASPPH on the Council of Education for Public Health (CEPH) for two 3 year-term 2015-17 and 2017-20. She was the chair of the State of Arizona Biomedical Research Commission (ABRC) from 2011to 2015.
As the director of the GHI (www.ghi.Arizona.edu ), she developed a framework for successful education and research partnerships in global health focusing on training the next generation of global health experts. She currently serves as a member of the Qatar University Health International Advisory Committee and she is a member of the College of Medicine ‘s Employer Liaison and Advisory Committee” for the MPH program at the Gulf Medical University, UAE.
Dr. Hakim earned her medical degree from Cairo University in Egypt where she completed her Pediatric residency. She received her PhD in in child health and nutrition from Ain-Shams University in Cairo, Egypt, and her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Arizona.