PhD (Epidemiology), Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, 2015
MPH (Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences), Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, 2008
Ban Majeed, is an epidemiologist, tobacco treatment specialist, and assistant professor
in the Department of Population Health Sciences at the Medical College of Georgia
at Augusta University with an extensive background in public health. Dr. Majeed approaches
both research and teaching with intensity, curiosity and fresh perspective seeking
to connect dots, otherwise considered invisible, to plot disease patterns and explain
causes to help suggest new solutions. As an educator and mentor, she guides her medical
students into the art of brilliant thinking by challenging, inspiring, and cheerleading
them while learning alongside. Dr. Majeed began her career as a physician in her home
country of Iraq before transitioning into epidemiology and tobacco research. She has
devoted a decade to advancing the knowledge regarding tobacco use behaviors and perceptions,
informing research and policy efforts. Her current research, funded by FDA/NCI, uses
state-of-the-art statistical techniques to analyze national longitudinal data from
five waves of the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study, to identify
classes of smokers in terms of their toxicant exposure based on urinary biomarkers
and to understand trends in overtime patterns of nicotine dependence and tobacco use
and their relationship with successful cessation. Dr. Majeed is a tobacco treatment
enthusiast with a vision to actively help people break free from the habit of tobacco
use by means of harnessing the creative power of art, beauty, and health-filled words.
Expertise and research interests: disease and risk factor epidemiology, tobacco biomarkers and treatment, teaching and mentoring, interdisciplinary collaboration.
Outside interests: baking elaborate cakes and bread, landscape drawing and painting, raising vegetable and cut-flower garden, and enjoying improvised ballet moves with her four-year-old daughter.
Dr. Majeed is the course director and instructor of STAT6300 “Introduction to Epidemiology and Biostatistics” and STAT7130/EPID7130 “Introduction to Epidemiology”, two online foundational courses offered each year to students in nursing, physician assistance, other allied health, and graduate programs such as MPH and MS in epidemiology. These courses take the students through the meaning of epidemiology and biostatistics, mechanisms of disease transmission, measurements of morbidity and mortality, disease surveillance, and outbreak investigation. In these courses, Dr. Majeed reviews all types of research study designs: case study, cross-sectional, case-control, cohort studies, and experimental designs. Furthermore, her students learn about measures of associations, method to summarize and present data, and approaches to data interpretation and research bias.
In addition, Dr. Majeed facilitates (in person) Case Based Learning (CBL), a small group discussion among medical students designed to promote skills of communication, collaboration, use of medical knowledge in patient care, and the art of critical thinking.