Ghada Farhat, PhD, MPH, BSc

Research Associate Professor

Hubert Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health


Specializing in non-communicable diseases (NCDs), Dr. Farhat is an epidemiologist with extensive experience in research design, the conduct of epidemiologic studies, data analysis, statistical modeling, grant writing, and scientific writing. Her current research interests include: breast cancer etiology and risk assessment, as well as risk factors, biological markers, and hormonal mediators of NCDs.

Dr. Farhat has been involved in public health training, education, and capacity building initiatives in different global settings: West Africa, the Middle East, and USA. She is Co-Principal Investigator on a workforce development project in West Africa (Liberia and Sierra Leone) geared at training public health workers in field epidemiology and public health skills, critical needs brought into focus by the recent Ebola epidemic. Funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the program seeks to shore up preparedness and response to health threats in low-income countries. Dr. Farhat has also been involved in research capacity building efforts in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). She has provided support to the KSA Ministry of Health (MoH) aimed at enhancing national capacity for research (e.g., setting up research priorities and strategy for MoH, strengthening and standardizing ethics review, grant writing for priority health conditions, and support in research design and implementation). She has also conducted research skills training and mentoring for medical and public health professionals in KSA. Having held an academic appointment at the University of Balamand, Beirut, she has been involved in graduate and undergraduate public health education in Lebanon (e.g., teaching, mentoring, and public health program development).