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Haroutune K. Armenian

Professor Emeritus


DepartmentsType of Faculty
EpidemiologyFull Time
Contact Information

21-254B CHS

Areas of Interest: 

Epidemiology of Disasters and Wars, Familial Mediterranean Fever, International Health.

Dr. Haroutune K. Armenian is Associate Dean of Academic Programs and Professor in Residence of epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and Professor Emeritus at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where he received his MPH, and Dr.P.H. degrees (1972-4) and his M.D. from the American University of Beirut in 1968 where he has specialized in internal medicine. His career in epidemiology has spanned a number of countries and regions of the world. He has special interests in the application of epidemiologic methods to health services research and chronic diseases. He is one of the earliest to apply epidemiologic methods to study the effects of the civil war at the population level during the 1980s in Lebanon, and the long-term effects of the 1988 earthquake in Armenia. In the 1980s, he pioneered epidemiologic research by using Armenian Church parish records to study infant mortality as well as other health indicators in 16 diasporan countries over a timeframe of 300 years. More recent research includes the 23 year follow up of the survivors of the earthquake in Armenia. Dr. Armenian’s academic and development leadership has included program development at the Ministry of Health in Bahrain, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the American University of Beirut, Director of the MPH Program at the Johns Hopkins University, and Dean of the College of Health Sciences at the American University of Armenia. Dr. Armenian is President Emeritus of the American University of Armenia (AUA). As President of the AUA for fourteen years, he was at the forefront of the establishment of novel educational and development programs in Armenia and the Middle East. Recent awards include the Ernest Lyman Stebbins Medal for Excellence in Education and the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Movses Khorenatsi Presidential Medal of Service in 2001 from the Republic of Armenia, Presidential Medal of the Order of Cedars from the Republic of Lebanon, and membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha medical and Delta Omega public health honorary societies. Dr. Armenian is also a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in London, and a member of the American Epidemiological Society. He has been on the central executive council of the Armenian Church in Lebanon as well as on the executive of the Hamazkaine Cultural Association and the Karageuzian Foundation. Dr. Armenian has been for 15 years the Editor in Chief of Epidemiologic Reviews and on the editorial board of a number of professional journals and publications. He has published over 100 scientific papers and peer reviewed chapters as well as 20 books. He recently published two collections of his watercolors and prose-poetry in Armenian and English: Colors and Words and Past Here Does Not Yet Melt. The latter was composed while they climbed Mount Ararat in an AUA expedition led by Sona Armenian to Ararat and Western Armenia in 2006. In 2009 he published a new textbook on the Design and Applications of the Case-Control Method at Oxford University Press, and became the supervisor of the Chair in Epidemiology and Public Health at the King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. In Armenia, he continues to lead the Turpanjian Rural Development Program with over 250 businesses established in the villages and 600 people trained in entrepreneurship.

Johns Hopkins School Hygiene & Public Health Dr. PH
Johns Hopkins University MPH
American University of Beirut School of Medicine MD
American University of Beirut School of Arts and Sciences BS
This faculty member is available to serve as: 
Doctoral Advisor
Masters Advisor
PhD Committee Member
DrPH Committee Member
MS Thesis Committee Member
MS Report Committee Member
Field Studies Advisor

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Selected Publications: 

Yenokyan Gayane, Armenian Haroutune K Triggers for attacks in familial Mediterranean fever: application of the case-crossover design.. American journal of epidemiology. 2012; 175(10): 1054-61.

Petrosyan Diana, Armenian Haroutune K, Arzoumanian Kim Interaction of maternal age and mode of delivery in the development of postpartum depression in Yerevan, Armenia.. Journal of affective disorders. 2011; 135(1-3): 77-81.

Sevoyan Maria K, Sarkisian Tamara F, Beglaryan Ara A, Shahsuvaryan Gohar R, Armenian Haroutune K Prevention of amyloidosis in familial Mediterranean fever with colchicine: a case-control study in Armenia.. Medical principles and practice : international journal of the Kuwait University, Health Science Centre. 2009; 18(6): 441-6.

Armenian Haroutune K Epidemiology: a problem-solving journey.. American journal of epidemiology. 2009; 169(2): 127-31.

Shiels Meredith S, Cole Stephen R, Wegner Scott, Armenian Haroutune, Chmiel Joan S, Ganesan Anuradha, Marconi Vincent C, Martinez-Maza Otoniel, Martinson Jeremy, Weintrob Amy, Jacobson Lisa P, Crum-Cianflone Nancy F Effect of HAART on incident cancer and noncancer AIDS events among male HIV seroconverters.. Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes (1999). 2008; 48(4): 485-90.

Mussolino Michael E, Armenian Haroutune K Low bone mineral density, coronary heart disease, and stroke mortality in men and women: the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.. Annals of epidemiology. 2007; 17(11): 841-6.

Lucas Katherine E, Rowe Peter C, Armenian Haroutune K Latency and exposure-health associations in Gulf War veterans with early fatigue onsets: a case-control study.. Annals of epidemiology. 2007; 17(10): 799-806.

Lucas Katherine E, Armenian Haroutune K, Petersen Gloria M, Rowe Peter C Familial aggregation of fainting in a case-control study of neurally mediated hypotension patients who present with unexplained chronic fatigue.. Europace : European pacing, arrhythmias, and cardiac electrophysiology : journal of the working groups on cardiac pacing, arrhythmias, and cardiac cellular electrophysiology of the European Society of Cardiology. 2006; 8(10): 846-51.