Rima Habre, ScD, MSc
Associate Professor of Environmental Health and Spatial Sciences
Health Equity Interests
My research examines how the environment impacts human health, especially air pollution, and how to advance precision environmental health.
Dr. Habre is an Associate Professor of Environmental Health and Spatial Sciences at the University of Southern California. Her research aims to understand the effects of co-occurring environmental exposures, air pollution mixtures and social stressors on the health of vulnerable populations across the life course. She develops methods to advance personal exposure assessment using personal monitoring (e.g., wearables, sensors), geolocation, and machine-learning based spatiotemporal models.
As a native of Beirut, Lebanon, Dr. Habre attended the American University of Beirut for undergraduate studies in Environmental Health (2006). She then completed a Master of Science in Environmental Health in the Harvard Cyprus Program (2007).
Dr. Habre then joined the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and trained with Professor Petros Koutrakis. She received her Doctor of Science in Environmental Health (2012) with a concentration in exposure science, air pollution and biostatistics.
Dr. Habre co-chairs the Geospatial Working Group in the national NIH Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) program. She co-leads the Exposure Sciences Research Program and the Exposure Factors Core in the Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center (NIEHS). She is also the Director of Exposure Assessment in two large research centers (NIH OD/NIEHS/NIMHD) at USC investigating the effects of air pollution exposure over the life course and during pregnancy on maternal and child health.
She is also a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) Standing Committe on Use of Emerging Science for Environmental Health Decisions (2022-2023) and the NASEM Emerging Science on Indoor Chemistry committee and consensus study (2021-2023).
1. Developing measurement and modeling methods for advancing air pollution exposure science
2. Use of real-time mHealth technologies, personal monitoring, sensors, geolocation and informatics for precision environmental health
3. Epidemiological investigations of the effects of air pollution mixtures and sources on the health of vulnerable populations across the life course
4. Cumulative impact of environmental health disparities on exposure and health burden in affected populations
- Social Environment
- Racial Disparities
- Ethnic Disparities
- Built Environment
- Urban Health
- Social Determinants of Health
- Vulnerable Populations
- Residential Characteristics
- Preventive Medicine
- Climate Change
- Disease Prevention
- Structural Factors
- Cohort Studies
- Air Pollution
- Water Pollution
- Soil Contamination
- Exposure Assessment Methods
- monitoring and instrumentation
- Environmental Monitoring Studies
- Exposure Modeling
- Environmental Justice
- Human Health Impacts
- Health Endpoints
- EH Training and Teaching
- Population Life-stage Impacts
- Geospatial Information Systems
- Spatial Analysis
- Spatial Methods
- Multilevel Modeling
- Public Health Informatics
- Data Systems
- Research Design and Methods
- Data Sciences
- Public Health Data Sciences
Urinary fluoride levels and metal co-exposures among pregnant women in Los Angeles, California.
Environ Health. 2023 Oct 26;22(1):74. doi: 10.1186/s12940-023-01026-2. Epub 2023 Oct 26. PubMed PMID: 37880740; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC10601173.
Incidence Rates of Childhood Asthma with Recurrent Exacerbations in the U.S. Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) Program.
J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2023 Mar 25;. doi: 10.1016/j.jaci.2023.03.016. Epub 2023 Mar 25. PubMed PMID: 36972767;
The Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO)-wide Cohort.
Am J Epidemiol. 2023 Mar 24;. doi: 10.1093/aje/kwad071. Epub 2023 Mar 24. PubMed PMID: 36963379;
Sex-specific effects of prenatal organophosphate ester (OPE) metabolite mixtures and adverse infant birth outcomes in the maternal and developmental risks from environmental and social stressors (MADRES) pregnancy cohort.
Environ Res. 2023 Jun 1;226:115703. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2023.115703. Epub 2023 Mar 17. PubMed PMID: 36934865; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC10101931.
Effects of In-Utero Personal Exposure to PM2.5 Sources and Components on Birthweight.
Res Sq. 2023 Jun 7;. doi: 10.21203/rs.3.rs-3026552/v1. Epub 2023 Jun 7. PubMed PMID: 37333108; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC10274950.
- Environmental Health: An Epidemiological Approach
- Foundations of Public Health
- Doctor of Science in Environmental Health
at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health
Boston, MA, USA
- Master of Science in Environmental Health
at Harvard Cyprus Program
- Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health
at American University of Beirut