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).  

Research Interests

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

Research Interests

  • Social Environment
  • Disparities
  • Racial Disparities
  • Ethnic Disparities
  • Built Environment
  • Urban Health
  • Neighborhood
  • Neighborhoods
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Vulnerable Populations
  • Residential Characteristics
  • Preventive Medicine
  • Sustainability
  • Climate Change
  • Disease Prevention
  • Structural Factors
  • Cohort Studies
  • Exposures
  • Air Pollution
  • Water Pollution
  • Soil Contamination
  • Exposure Assessment Methods
  • monitoring and instrumentation
  • monitoring
  • instrumentation
  • Environmental Monitoring Studies
  • personal
  • environmental
  • stationary
  • mobile
  • remote
  • Exposure Modeling
  • Environmental Justice
  • Human Health Impacts
  • respiratory
  • cardiovascular
  • neurological
  • metabolic
  • Health Endpoints
  • EH Training and Teaching
  • Population Life-stage Impacts
  • pregnancy
  • infancy
  • adolescence
  • adult
  • health
  • Geospatial Information Systems
  • Spatial Analysis
  • Spatial Methods
  • Multilevel Modeling
  • Informatics
  • Public Health Informatics
  • Data Systems
  • Research Design and Methods
  • Data Sciences
  • Public Health Data Sciences

Courses Taught

  • 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
    Nicosia, Cyprus
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health
    at American University of Beirut
    Beirut, Lebanon