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    Tarik Benmarhnia

    TitleAssistant Professor
    SchoolUniversity of California, San Diego
    DepartmentFamily Medicine and Public Health
    Address9500 Gilman Drive #0725
    CA La Jolla 92093
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      Dr. Benmarhnia finished his PhD jointly from The University of Montreal and Paris Sud and finished two Master’s degrees, one in Environmental Health Sciences Engineering from the French School of Higher Education in Public Health and another in Pharmacy and Ecotoxicology from Montpellier University in France. He completed his BA in Environmental Sciences from Montpellier University. He has therefore developed a very rich and diverse educational profile that gave him the ability to explore cross-disciplinary fields of public health and other disciplines. To further his training, he was an environmental scientist on contaminated soil with the French Railway Company, followed by a Health Scientist position with the French National Institute of Health Education and Prevention, and most recently was a post-doc at McGill University with the Institute for Health and Social Policy.

      Dr. Benmarhnia has a unique niche of combining expertise in epidemiology study design and health risk assessment with climate and econometric models, in addition to clear understanding of health policy and a passion for social science and equity as they relate to public health.

      He joins the faculty at the University of California, San Diego as an Assistant Professor in both the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography-CASPO, where he will share his unique expertise in combining atmospheric, econometric, and epidemiologic modelling, as well as contribute as a lecturer in courses on environmental epidemiology (introductory to advanced), the impact of climate change on health, and advanced methods in epidemiology among others.


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      1. Perchoux C, Nazare JA, Benmarhnia T, Salze P, Feuillet T, Hercberg S, Hess F, Menai M, Weber C, Charreire H, Enaux C, Oppert JM, Simon C. Neighborhood educational disparities in active commuting among women: the effect of distance between the place of residence and the place of work/study (an ACTI-Cités study). BMC Public Health. 2017 Jun 12; 17(1):569. PMID: 28606118.
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      2. Benmarhnia T, Leas E, Hendrickson E, Trinidad D, Strong D, Pierce J. The potential influence of regulatory environment for e-cigarettes on the effectiveness of e-cigarettes for smoking cessation: different reasons to temper the conclusions from inadequate data. Nicotine Tob Res. 2017 May 24. PMID: 28541517.
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      3. Benmarhnia T, Kihal-Talantikite W, Ragettli MS, Deguen S. Small-area spatiotemporal analysis of heatwave impacts on elderly mortality in Paris: A cluster analysis approach. Sci Total Environ. 2017 Aug 15; 592:288-294. PMID: 28319715.
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      4. Zunzunegui MV, Belanger E, Benmarhnia T, Gobbo M, Otero A, Béland F, Zunzunegui F, Ribera-Casado JM. Financial fraud and health: the case of Spain. Gac Sanit. 2017 Mar 02. PMID: 28259392.
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      5. Bohra T, Benmarhnia T, McKinnon B, Kaufman J. Decomposing Educational Inequalities in Child Mortality: A Temporal Trend Analysis of Access to Water and Sanitation in Peru. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2016 Nov 7. PMID: 27821698.
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      6. Benmarhnia T, Kaufman JS. When evidence of heat-related vulnerability depends on the contrast measure. Int J Biometeorol. 2017 Feb; 61(2):391-393. PMID: 27681941.
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      7. Benmarhnia T, Dionne PA, Tchouaket É, Fansi AK, Brousselle A. Investing in a healthy lifestyle strategy: is it worth it? Int J Public Health. 2017 Jan; 62(1):3-13. PMID: 27586037.
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      8. Benmarhnia T, Bailey Z, Kaiser D, Auger N, King N, Kaufman JS. A Difference-in-Differences Approach to Assess the Effect of a Heat Action Plan on Heat-Related Mortality, and Differences in Effectiveness According to Sex, Age, and Socioeconomic Status (Montreal, Quebec). Environ Health Perspect. 2016 Nov; 124(11):1694-1699. PMID: 27203433.
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      9. Deguen S, Petit C, Delbarre A, Kihal W, Padilla C, Benmarhnia T, Lapostolle A, Chauvin P, Zmirou-Navier D. Correction: Neighbourhood Characteristics and Long-Term Air Pollution Levels Modify the Association between the Short-Term Nitrogen Dioxide Concentrations and All-Cause Mortality in Paris. PLoS One. 2016; 11(3):e0150875. PMID: 26930602; PMCID: PMC4773157.
      10. Brousselle A, Benmarhnia T, Benhadj L. What are the benefits and risks of using return on investment to defend public health programs? Prev Med Rep. 2016 Jun; 3:135-8. PMID: 27419005; PMCID: PMC4929139.
      11. Benmarhnia T, Auger N, Stanislas V, Lo E, Kaufman JS. The Relationship Between Apparent Temperature and Daily Number of Live Births in Montreal. Matern Child Health J. 2015 Dec; 19(12):2548-51. PMID: 26156826.
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      12. Benmarhnia T, Deguen S, Kaufman JS, Smargiassi A. Review Article: Vulnerability to Heat-related Mortality: A Systematic Review, Meta-analysis, and Meta-regression Analysis. Epidemiology. 2015 Nov; 26(6):781-93. PMID: 26332052.
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      13. Benmarhnia T, Grenier P, Brand A, Fournier M, Deguen S, Smargiassi A. Quantifying Vulnerability to Extreme Heat in Time Series Analyses: A Novel Approach Applied to Neighborhood Social Disparities under Climate Change. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2015 Sep; 12(9):11869-79. PMID: 26402690; PMCID: PMC4586712.
      14. Delpla I, Benmarhnia T, Lebel A, Levallois P, Rodriguez MJ. Investigating social inequalities in exposure to drinking water contaminants in rural areas. Environ Pollut. 2015 Dec; 207:88-96. PMID: 26367702.
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      15. Juneau CE, Benmarhnia T, Poulin AA, Côté S, Potvin L. Socioeconomic position during childhood and physical activity during adulthood: a systematic review. Int J Public Health. 2015 Nov; 60(7):799-813. PMID: 26298440.
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      16. Deguen S, Petit C, Delbarre A, Kihal W, Padilla C, Benmarhnia T, Lapostolle A, Chauvin P, Zmirou-Navier D. Neighbourhood Characteristics and Long-Term Air Pollution Levels Modify the Association between the Short-Term Nitrogen Dioxide Concentrations and All-Cause Mortality in Paris. PLoS One. 2015; 10(7):e0131463. PMID: 26197409; PMCID: PMC4510557.
      17. Cartier Y, Benmarhnia T, Brousselle A. Tool for assessing health and equity impacts of interventions modifying air quality in urban environments. Eval Program Plann. 2015 Dec; 53:1-9. PMID: 26202058.
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      18. Benmarhnia T, Rey L, Cartier Y, Clary CM, Deguen S, Brousselle A. Addressing equity in interventions to reduce air pollution in urban areas: a systematic review. Int J Public Health. 2014 Dec; 59(6):933-44. PMID: 25255913.
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      19. Benmarhnia T, Sottile MF, Plante C, Brand A, Casati B, Fournier M, Smargiassi A. Variability in temperature-related mortality projections under climate change. Environ Health Perspect. 2014 Dec; 122(12):1293-8. PMID: 25036003; PMCID: PMC4256694.
      20. Benmarhnia T, Oulhote Y, Petit C, Lapostolle A, Chauvin P, Zmirou-Navier D, Deguen S. Chronic air pollution and social deprivation as modifiers of the association between high temperature and daily mortality. Environ Health. 2014; 13(1):53. PMID: 24941876; PMCID: PMC4073194.
      21. Benmarhnia T, Zunzunegui MV, Llácer A, Béland F. Impact of the economic crisis on the health of older persons in Spain: research clues based on an analysis of mortality. SESPAS report 2014. Gac Sanit. 2014 Jun; 28 Suppl 1:137-41. PMID: 24864003.
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      22. Benmarhnia T, Zunzunegui MV. On the role of social support on macroeconomic determinants on elderly people health: a hypothesis about a counterexample in Spain. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2014 Apr; 68(4):391-2. PMID: 24319150.
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      23. Beck F, Richard JB, Deutsch A, Benmarhnia T, Pirard P, Roudier C, Peretti-Watel P. [Knowledge about radon and its associated risk perception in France]. Cancer Radiother. 2013 Dec; 17(8):744-9. PMID: 24239031.
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      24. Benmarhnia T, Léon C, Beck F. Exposure to indoor tanning in France: a population based study. BMC Dermatol. 2013; 13:6. PMID: 23617560; PMCID: PMC3698020.