Osman Galal, M.D., Ph.D.

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UCLA Professor, Community Health Sciences

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(310) 794-1805

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(310) 206-9639

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36-081A CHS
UCLA School of Public Health
650 Charles Young Drive South
Los Angeles, CA 90095

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Dr. Galal is a Professor of Community Health Sciences in the School of Public Health and Director of the School's International Health Program. Dr. Galal is a pediatrician with a Ph.D. from Institute of Child Health, University of Birmingham (UK) and an extensive research and administrative career in child health in developing countries. Before coming to the US in 1987, he served as Director of the National Nutrition Institute of the Ministry of Health in Egypt, a large research institution spanning the scope of nutrition research. He has extensive experience in graduate and postgraduate training, having trained more than 30 doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars, from many developing countries. Dr. Galal teaches graduate courses on International Health with emphasis on Maternal and Child Health in Developing Countries and on Nutrition Assessment and Policies. Dr. Galal is currently Secretary-General for the International Union of Nutritional Sciences, and he consults regularly on nutrition and child health issues for various international agencies and national governments. He is a member of the WHO Expert Advisory Panel on Nutrition.


Galal OM, Hulett J.   Obesity among schoolchildren in developing countries, Food Nutr Bull, 2005; 26(Suppl 2): S261-6.
Galal OM, Ismail I, Gohar AS, Foster Z.   Schoolteachers' awareness about scholastic performance and nutritional status of Egyptian schoolchildren, Food Nutr Bull, 2005; 26(Suppl 2): S275-80.
Galal O.   Evaluation challenges with respect to large-scale nutrition intervention programs, Forum Nutr, 2003; 56: 386-9.
Galal O.   Nutrition-related health patterns in the Middle East, Asia Pac J Clin Nutr, 2003; 12(3): 337-43.
Galal OM.   The nutrition transition in Egypt: obesity, undernutrition and the food consumption context, Public Health Nutr, 2002; 5(1A): 141-8.

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Adult Child Child Nutrition Disorders Food Habits Food Supply Health Promotion Humans Middle Aged Nutritional Status Obesity

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