Heba Tawfik

Core Faculty
College of Health Sciences and Public Policy
Ph.D. Public Health

Dr. Heba Tawfik is a physician with more than twenty-five years of experience as an epidemiologist, a researcher, and an educator. She obtained her doctoral degree from the renowned Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University in New York. By combining her training as a physician and an epidemiologist, she brings an exceptional skill set to her work. As a clinical epidemiologist, her areas of expertise include infectious disease, cancer, women’s reproductive health, and maternal and child health. Dr. Tawfik has ample experience conducting quantitative and mixed-methods research. She has also been involved in national and international public health projects sponsored by the World Health Organization in the Eastern Mediterranean Region. Dr. Tawfik is very passionate about educating the next generation of public health leaders and is especially well-versed in teaching advanced epidemiologic methods, statistics, and quantitative reasoning. She has numerous publications and has had the privilege of presenting her work at several professional meetings worldwide. Dr. Tawfik is a recipient of the prestigious Anna C. Gelman Award of Excellence in Epidemiology and the recipient of multiple Research Dissemination Grants. She is a core faculty member in the PhD Public Health Program and mentors students in both the Ph.D. and DrPH programs at Walden University.

Courses Taught

PHLT 8520 - Advanced Epidemiological Methods

RSCH 8210 - Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis

PHLT 8068 - Dissertation Seminar

PUBH 9001 - Public Health Dissertation

PUBH 8900 - Research Forum Companion


DrPH, Columbia University

MPH, Alexandria University

MD, Alexandria University

Public Service

Woodlands Interfaith, Member - The Woodlands

Awards / Honors

Anna C Gelman for Excellence in Epidemiology, Columbia University, 2012

Research Dissemination Grant, Walden University, 2023


Goldberg, M., Tawfik, H., Kline, J., Michels, K. B., Wei, Y., Cirillo, P., Cohn, B. A., Terry, M. B. (2019). Body size at birth, early-life growth and the timing of the menopausal transition and natural menopause.. Reproductive toxicology (Elmsford, N.Y.)

Umar, A. S., Kennedy, C. M., Tawfik, H., Okenu, D. M. (2017). Female economic empowerment as a significant factor of social exclusion on the use of antenatal and natal services in Nigeria. Medcrave Online Journal of Women’s Health

Umar, A. S., Kennedy, C. M., Tawfik, H., Okenu, D. M. (2017). Disparity in maternal health services among the different geopolitical zones in Nigeria. Journal of Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences

Tawfik, H., Kline, J., Jacobson, J., Tehranifar, P., Protacio, A., Flom, J. D., Cirillo, P., Cohn, B. A., Terry, M. B. (2015). Life course exposure to smoke and early menopause and menopausal transition.. Menopause (New York, N.Y.)

Ekeji, N., Osoba, T., Tawfik, H., Agha, M. (2023). Ekeji, G. K., Osoba, T. FRelationship between treatment comorbidities and HIV viral suppression among people living with HIV in Johannesburg. . Journal of Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences

Zikusooka, M., Tawfik, H., Robare, J. F. Predictors of Undernutrition Among Children Under the Age of Five in South Central Somalia. Public Health Nutrition


John, A. K., Prehn, A. W., Tawfik, H., Reed, G. W., Kremer, J. M. (2016). Incidence of non alcoholic fatty liver disease by key risk factors among patients with rheumatoid arthritis. American College of Rheumatology

John, A. K., Prehn, A. W., Tawfik, H., Reed, G. W., Kremer, J. M. (2016). Incidence and Factors Associated with the Development of Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) among patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis . American College of Rheumatology