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Nour Mheidly

Doctoral Student

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Nour Mheidly is a PhD candidate in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois Chicago and a researcher in health communication, media literacy, and global health. She holds a BA in Media and Communication from the American University of Beirut and pursued an MA in Communication and Education at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Her primary research focuses on linking social sciences to medicine and public health. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she developed the “Infodemic Response Checklist,” as a comprehensive tool to improve mitigation efforts against the spread of wrongful information on COVID-19. She also studied the mental health effects that result from extended telecommunication and online activities during the lockdown period. Furthermore, she analyzed the effect of face masks on interpersonal communication during the pandemic, highlighting new ways to overcome challenges. In addition, she conducted bibliometric and thematic analyses that explore health communication research in the Arab world and low-income countries, quantitatively and qualitatively, to find strategies that help improve health outcomes in the future. Nour’s research endeavors led to several scholarly publications and numerous citations. Her findings were presented at national and international conferences exploring the role of media and communication in global public health.

Selected Publications

Mheidly N, Fares J (2020) Leveraging Media and Health Communication Strategies to overcome the COVID-19 Infodemic. Journal of Public Health Policy, 41: 410-420.

Mheidly N, Fares MY, Fares J (2020) Coping with stress and burnout associated with telecommunication and online learning. Frontiers in Public Health, 8:574969.

Mheidly N, Fares MY, Zalzale H, Fares J (2020) Effect of face masks on interpersonal communication during the COVID-19 pandemic. Frontiers in Public Health, 8:582191.

Mheidly N, Fares J (2020) Health Communication in Low-Income Countries: A 60-Year Analysis. Journal of Education and Health Promotion, 9: 163.

Mheidly N, Fares J (2020) Health Communication Research in the Arab World: A Bibliometric Analysis. Integrated Healthcare Journal, 2(1): e000011.

Mheidly N, Cervi L, Tayie SS (2021) Media Coverage of Double Masking During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Lesson Plan. Journal of Education and Health Promotion, 10: 478.

Mheidly N, Graña GG, Tayie SS (2021) Learning Through WhatsApp During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Case Study. Asia-Pacific Journal of Information Technology and Multimedia, 10(2): 136 – 145.


BA, Media and Communication, American University of Beirut, 2017
MA, Communication and Education, Autonomous University of Barcelona, 2022