Student Research

Promotion of research is a major tenet of the LAU Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine’s Mission, and involvement of our students in research activities is a priority for the school.

Beginning in the Med-I year, all students benefit from a comprehensive curriculum that teaches them the principles and methods of research, with a focus on epidemiology and population health. In their third year of study they receive a course on computational health informatics in collaboration with the LAU School of Engineering, as well as a course on the methodology of clinical research.

Student opportunities for research extend far beyond these required elements of the program. Medical students are encouraged to utilize our modern basic-science laboratories for research projects under the supervision of school of medicine faculty. Many students take part in clinical studies with faculty physicians at LAU Medical Center-Rizk Hospital. Still others collaborate with investigators from LAU’s School of Arts and Sciences.

Year-Long Project

All LAU medical students actively participate in the YLP, or Year-Long Project. This supervised applied research activity in fact spans both the first and second medical years, and students have the option to extend their projects into a four-year practicum and to submit their studies for publication. In the course of the YLP, groups of students identify a health problem of local or global significance, and design and complete a research project relevant to that problem. A number of these projects have been conducted in collaboration with Lebanon’s Ministry of Health, and student investigators in turn have shared findings with the Ministry. A study examining aggression among refugee children attending afternoon public schools in Beirut, and another examining the association between sources of sexuality education and behavior among university students, are among the important YLP research projects that have gone on to publication.


  1. Dysmenorrhea Among Female Medical Students: Prevalence, Associated Factors, and Effects on Quality of Life         
  2. Assessment of Breast Cancer Literacy among Lebanese Women                                                                             
  3. The Lebanese Economic Crisis and Health-Seeking Behaviors of Chronic Disease Patients          
  4. Consanguineous Marriages in Lebanon: Cross-Sectional Study on Knowledge, Attitude and Practice
  5. Organ Donation: Knowledge, Attitude, and Perception of the Lebanese Population                                                    
  6. Telemedicine in the Era of COVID-19 Pandemic: A Survey of the Lebanese Public Perception and Practice
  7. HPV Infection and Cervical Cancer: Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Lebanese Reproductive-Age Women
  8. Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Lebanon: A Survey of Prevalence, Risk Factors and Stress-Induced Exacerbations


  1. COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance in Lebanon: A Cross-Sectional Study
  2. Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practice of Colorectal Cancer Screening: A Cross-Sectional Study in Lebanon During the COVID-19 Pandemic
  3. Assessment of Numeracy Skills in Lebanese Adults with Diabetes
  4. Sleep Apnea Prevalence and Its Determinants:  A Community-Based Study in Lebanon
  5. Assessment of Female Cardiovascular Disease Awareness Among Lebanese Women and Physicians
  6. Effect of Stress, Anxiety and Risk Perception on COVID-19-related Preventative Behavior among the Lebanese Population
  7. COVID-19 Pandemic in Lebanon: Assessment of Behavioral Risk Factors and Access to Health Care in Patients with Cardiovascular Disease
  8. Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Screen-Time Viewing Among Lebanese Young Children’s Parents during the COVID-19 Pandemic


  1. Outcome Analysis of Brain-Death Referral to National Organ Donation: A Five-Year Retrospective Hospital Case Review
  2. Patient-Resident Trust among the Lebanese Population
  3. Assessment of Mercury Exposure among Lebanese Fishermen: Prevalence and Association with Fish Intake
  4. Forgotten Edde: Epidemiologic Study on the Relationship between Toxins and Cancer
  5. Beliefs and Behaviors of Lebanese Parents Refusing Childhood Vaccination: A Qualitative Study
  6. Assessment of Health Literacy Levels among Adult Users of Military, Private and Public Outpatient Services in Beirut: A Cross-Sectional Study
  7. Practice and Attitudes of the General Population toward Female Physicians


  1. The Effect of the Source of Sexual Education on Sexual Practice and Perception among Lebanese Young Adults
  2. Stigma toward Depression in a Lebanese Community: Prevalence and its Correlates.
  3. Adherence to Medications among Chronic Kidney Disease Patients on Dialysis in Lebanon: A Hospital-Based Study
  4. Knowledge and Attitude toward Informed Consent in a Community Setting
  5. Communicable Food and Water Borne Diseases in Lebanon:
    Prevalence, Risk Factors, and Recommendations
  6. Diabetes Self-Management: Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Lebanese Diabetic Patients
  7. Approach Of University Students to their Health-Related Problems in Lebanon


  1. Clostridium Difficile: Recurrence Rates and Risk Factors
  2. Professional Burnout among Lebanese Nurses
  3. Knowledge and Attitude of Dietary Supplement Use and its Determinants among University Athletes at LAU
  4. Assessment of Self-Medication in a Rural Area in Lebanon
  5. Sleep Disturbances among Nursing and Pharmacy Students
  6. Aggression in Syrian Refugee Children Attending Afternoon Public Schools in Beirut


  1. Organ Donation in the Eyes of the Nation
  2. Depression and Stigma: A Quasi-Experimental Study among University Students
  3. Knowledge, Attitudes and Practice of Blood Donation in an Adult Lebanese Population
  4. Study of Drug-Use Trends among LAU-Byblos Students: Prevalence, Risk Factors and Motivational Elements
  5. The Relationship between Nargile Smoking and the Prevalence of IBS among University Students in Lebanon
  6. Investigating Sleep Pattern Alterations among Lebanese American University Medical Students


  1. Assessment of Collaborative Pain Management on Post-Surgical Patients in Lebanese Hospitals
  2. Colorectal Cancer Screening, Knowledge, Attitude and Beliefs: A Cross-Sectional Survey Study
  3. Patterns of Alcohol Consumption Among University Students: Mixing Energy Drinks with Alcohol
  4. Prevalence and Misuse of NSAIDs among University Students at LAU
  5. Dispensing of Antibacterial Drugs Without Prescription in Byblos, Lebanon
  6. Assessment of Patient Awareness of Health-Care Standards and Protocols in Lebanon

2013- 2015

  1. Diving Injuries in Lebanon: First Study in Lebanon
  2. Abuse among Married Women in Lebanon and the Physician’s Response: A Cross-sectional Study
  3. Determinants of Patient Satisfaction: a Study in the Setting of In-Patient Care in a Private Hospital in Lebanon.
  4. Correlates of Physical Activity: a Cross-Sectional Study among Type-2 Diabetes Mellitus Patients in Lebanon.
  5. Level of Sleep Quality and its Correlates among the Institutionalized Lebanese Elderly
  6. Lebanon Epidemic Preparedness and Response to Syrian Refugee Camp Settings


  1. Prevalence of Vitamin D, Zinc, and Iron Deficiencies in Children with Sickle Cell Disease in Lebanon and Impact on Disease Severity
  2. Depression and Anxiety among Kidney Transplant Patients: First Epidemiological Study
  3. The Prevalence of Herbal Medication Use, its Predictors and Potential Side Effects in Lebanon
  4. Assessing Dyslipidemia Awareness and its Associated Factors Among Dyslipidemic Adults: A Cross- Sectional Study
  5. Psychological Insulin Resistance, a Hidden Problem in Type-2 Diabetics
  6. Adequacy of Antidote Stocking in Lebanese Hospitals
  7. Prevalence and Predictors of Herbal Medication Use among Adults in the Jbeil District in Lebanon


  1. LAU Smoke-free Policy: Implementation and Responsiveness
  2. Towards Maximizing Inclusion of Lebanese “Young Adults” with Musculoskeletal Disability
  3. Knowledge, Practice, and Attitude towards Human Papilloma Virus Vaccine among Young Lebanese University Female Students
  4. Antibiotic Knowledge, Attitude and Use Among Undergraduate Students at LAU
  5. School-Aged Children’s Obesity and its Correlates: Life-style Habits, School Environment and School Performance


  1. The Prevalence of Hypertension Among Lebanese Taxi Drivers
  2. Evaluation of Health Care Access to Inmates in Roumieh Prison in Lebanon
  3. Newborn Screening in Lebanon: Implementation and Awareness among Pregnant Women
  4. What are the Stressful Life-Events Medical Students Experience at Lebanese Medical Schools and Why?


Elderly Healthcare Experience in Lebanon: A Comparison Based On Type of Insurance.