Abdullatif Husseini is the current director of the Master of Community and Public Health program & an associate professor of Public Health at Birzeit University. He is also an adjunct professor of Public Health at Qatar University. His research interests are rooted in improving the health of the population by identifying the various determinants of health, and targeting modifiable factors through evidence based interventions.  Although his research focus has been on noncommunicable diseases especially diabetes mellitus, he works occasionally on important communicable diseases including brucellosis and hepatitis.  His work spans across epidemiology, public health practice, program evaluation, and capacity building in public health. Husseini has authored over sixty scholarly articles, book chapters, encyclopedias entries and reports. 


Latest Publications: 
  1. Moradi-Lakeh M, El Bcheraoui C, Charara R …. Abdullatif Husseini…., et al. Burden of lower respiratory infections in the Eastern Mediterranean Region between 1990 and 2015: findings from the Global Burden of Disease 2015 study. International Journal of Public Health 2017.
  2. Reitsma M, Fullman N, Ng M….. Abdullatif Husseini ….., et al. Global Burden of Disease 2015 Tobacco Collaborators, Ali, R and Hay, S et al., (2017). Smoking prevalence and attributable disease burden in 195 countries and territories, 1990–2015: a systematic analysis from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015. Lancet 2017; 389(10082): 1885–1906.

  3. Gheyath K Nasrallah, Enas S Al Absi, Rula Ghandour, Nadima H Ali, Sara Taleb, Laila Hedaya, Fatima Ali, Mariam Huwaidy, Abdullatif Husseini (corr.).  Seroprevalence of hepatitis E virus among blood donors in Qatar (2013‐2016). Transfusion, 2017.

  4. Zhou B, Bentham J, Di Cesare M …….. Abdullatif Husseini……, et al for the NCD Risk Factor Collaboration (NCD-RisC). Worldwide trends in blood pressure from 1975 to 2015: a pooled analysis of 1479 population-based measurement studies with 19·1 million participants. The Lancet 2017; 389 (10064), 37-55.

  5. Charara R, Forouzanfar M, Naghavi M, …….. Abdullatif Husseini……, et al. The Burden of Mental Disorders in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, 1990-2013. PLOS ONE 2017, 12(1): e0169575. 

  6. AH Mokdad, MH Forouzanfar, F Daoud, C El Bcheraoui, M Moradi-Lakeh …….. Abdullatif Husseini…et al. Health in times of uncertainty in the eastern Mediterranean region, 1990–2013: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013. The Lancet Global Health 2016; 4 (10), e704-e713

  7. Julia Critchley, Simon Capewell, Martin O. Flaherty, Niveen Abu-Rmeileh, Samer Rastam, Olfa Saidi, Kaan S¨ozmen, Azza Shoaibi, Abdullatif Husseini, et al. Contrasting cardiovascular mortality trends in Eastern Mediterranean populations: Contributions from risk factor changes and treatments. International Journal of Cardiology 2016; 208: 150.

  8. Mohammed Forouzanfar, L Alexander, HR Anderson, et al. Global, regional, and national comparative risk assessment of 79 behavioural, environmental and occupational, and metabolic risks or clusters of  risks in 188 countries, 1990–2013: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013. The Lancet 2015; Published online: September 10, 2015.

  9. Abdul Rahim HF, Sibai A, Khader Y, Hwalla N, Fadhil I, Alsiyabi H, Mataria A, Mendis S, Mokdad A, Husseini A.   Non-communicable Diseases in the Arab World. The Lancet 2014; 383: 356–67

  10. Abu-Rmeileh   N,  Husseini  A,  Capewell  S,  O’Flaherty  M,  on  behalf  of MEDCHAMPS project. Preventing type 2 diabetes among Palestinians: comparing five future policy scenarios. BMJ Open 2014; 3: e003558.

  11. Mason H, Shoaibi A, Ghandour R, O’Flaherty M, Capewell S, Khatib R, Jabr S, Unal B, So¨zmen K, ArfaC, Aissi W, Ben Romdhane H, Fouad F, Al-Ali R, Husseini  A.  A  Cost  Effectiveness  Analysis  of  Salt  Reduction  Policies  to Reduce  Coronary  Heart  Disease  in  Four  Eastern  Mediterranean  Countries. PLoS ONE  2014: e84445.

  12. Hassan  S,  Sundby  J,  Husseini  A,  Bjertness  E.  Translating evidence into practice in childbirth: a case from the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Women Birth 2013;

  13. Maziak W, Nakkash R, Bahelah R, Husseini A, et al. Tobacco in the Arab World: old and new epidemics amidst policy paralysis. Health Policy and Planning 2013: 1-11.

  14. Abu-Rmeileh NME, Shoaibi A, O’Flaherty M, Capwell S, Husseini A. Anyalsing falls in coronary heart disease mortality in the West Bank between 1998 and 2009. BMJ Open 2012; 2:e001061. 

  15. Hassan  S,  Sundby  J,  Husseini  A,  Bjertness  E.  The paradox of vaginal examination practice during normal child birth: Palestinian women’s feelings, opinions, knowledge and experiences. Reproductive Health 2012, 9:16

  16. Husseini   A,  Abu-rmeileh   NM,  et  al.  Cardiovascular   diseases,   diabetes mellitus, and cancer in the occupied Palestinian territory. The Lancet. 2009; 373: 1041-49.

  17. Husseini A, Abu-rmeileh NME. HIV/AIDS-Related Knowledge and Attitudes of Palestinian Women in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Am J Health Behavior.  Am J Health Behav. 2007; 31:323-334.

  18. Giacaman R, Abu-Rmeileh N, Husseini A, Saab H, Boyce W. Humiliation: the  invisible  trauma  of  war  for  Palestinian  youth.  Public Health.  2007; 121:563-71.

  19. Husseini A, Abdullatif L, Kamal D, et al. Prevalence of Reported Allergy and Levels of Total and Allergen-Specific Immunoglobulin E among Palestinian Schoolchildren in East Jerusalem. Pediatric Asthma, Allergy & Immunology. 2006; 19(3): 154-161.

  20. Husseini A, Akawi M. Maternal Serum Screening of Palestinian women in the West Bank. East Mediterr Health J. 2005; 11(4):219-20.

  21. Husseini A, Ramlawi A. Brucellosis in the West Bank-Palestine. Saudi Med J 2004; 25: 1640-1643.

  22. Giacaman R, Husseini A, Gordon N, Awartani F. Imprints on the consciousness. The impact on Palestinian civilians of the Israeli invasion of West Bank towns; Eur J Public Health 2004 2004; 14: 286-290.

  23. Abdul-Rahim H, Giacaman R, Husseini A, Gordon N, Bjertness E, Jervell J.  The metabolic syndrome in the West Bank population: an urban-rural comparison.  Diabetes Care 2001; 24 (2): 275-279.

  24. Husseini A, Abdul-Rahim H, Awartani F, Giacaman R, Jervell J, Bjertness E.Type 2 diabetes mellitus, impaired glucose tolerance, and associated factors in a rural Palestinian village. Diabetic Medicine 2000; 17 (10): 746- 748

  25. Husseini A, Abdul-Rahim H, Awartani F, Jervell J, Bjertness E.  Prevalence of Diabetes Mellitus and Impaired Glucose Tolerance in a Rural Palestinian Population.  Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal 2000; 6: 1039-1045.

  26. Stene L, Giacaman R, Abdul-Rahim H, Husseini A, Norum K, Holmboe- Ottesen G.  Food consumption patterns in a Palestinian West Bank population. Eur J Clin Nutr 1999.  53: 953-958

  27. Husseini A.  Palestinian Refugees: Health = Development.  Medicine, Conflict and Survival 1996; 12 (2): 131-137.