Firoz Abdoel Wahid

  • Assistant Professor
  • Faculty in Environmental and Occupational Health

Firoz Abdoel Wahid is an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health. He is a native of Suriname where he graduated as a family physician in 2005, and with his Master in Public Health in 2012. He has over 15 years of experience in public health, the last eight of which have been in environmental health. His public health career started in 2005 as the clinical coordinator of the National AIDS Program in Suriname. He pursued his doctorate in environmental health in 2018 at Tulane University. Dr. Abdoel Wahid is part of the Caribbean Consortium for Research in Environmental and Occupational Health focused on the impact of chemical and non-chemical stressors on birth outcomes. He has a long-standing history of teaching and has trained and mentored frontline  workers in Suriname, as well as medical, physical therapy and public health students. His areas of expertise include global environmental health research, research training, and climate and health impact on vulnerable populations.


2005/ Anton de Kom University Suriname/Medical Doctor

2012/Anton de Kom University Suriname/ MPH

2018/Tulane University, New Orleans, LA/ PhD in Environmental Health


I have taught:

  • 2221 PUBHLT 0110 SEC 1210: Introduction to Public Health Biology (Fall 2021)
  • 2224 PUBHLT 0110 SEC 1000: Introduction to Public Health Biology (Spring 2022)
  • 2224 PUBHLT 0320 SEC 1020: Introduction Environmental Health Sciences (Spring 2022)
  • PUBHLT 0350: Public Health Threats in Suriname: From Ecosystem to Human Health (Summer 2022)

I will additionally be teaching Spring 2023:

Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases: Research and Practice, IDM2015

Environmental and One Health Policy, PUBHLT 0420

Selected Publications
  • Abdoel Wahid Firoz, Sno Rachel, Darcissac Edith, Lavergne Anne, Adhin Malti R., and Lacoste Vincent. (2016). “HIV-1 Genetic Diversity and Drug Resistance Mutations Among Treatment-Naive Adult Patients in Suriname”. AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses.
  • Abdoel Wahid F, Wickliffe J, Wilson M, et al. Presence of pesticide residues on produce cultivated in Suriname. Environ Monit Assess. 2017;189(6):303-017-6009-0. Epub 2017 May 31.
  • Zijlmans, W.C.W.R., Wickliffe, J.K., Hindori-Mohangoo, A.D., MacDonald-Ottevanger, M.S., Ouboter, P.E., Landburg, G.A., Codrington, J., Roosblad, J., Baldewsingh, G.K., Ramjatan, R., Gokoel, A., Abdoel Wahid, F., Fortes Soares, L., Alcala, C.S., Boedhoe, E., Grünberg, A.W.E., Hawkins, W.B., Shankar, A., Harville, E.W., Drury, S.S., Covert, H.H., & Lichtveld, M.Y. (2020). Cohort profile: The Caribbean Consortium for Research in Environmental and Occupational Health (CCREOH) Cohort Study: Influences of complex environmental exposures on maternal and child health in Suriname. BMJ Open, 10(9), e034702.
  • Covert, H. H., Soares, L.F., Abdoel Wahid, F. A., Allen, T., Guido, Z., Johnson, D., … Lichtveld, M. Y. (2022). Priorities for Bolstering Public Health Resilience in the Context of Climate Change in Dominica and Puerto Rico. Annals of Global Health, 88(1), 63. DOI:
  • Koendjbiharie, A. Ph., Hindori-Mohangoo, A. D., Zijlmans, W. C. W. R., Shankar, A., Abdoel Wahid, F. Z. A., Covert, H. H., Lichtveld, M. Y., & Drury, S. S. (2022). Socio-demographic Influences on Perceived Stress during Pregnancy: Results from the CCREOH Environmental Epidemiologic Study, Suriname. Women, 2(2), 121–134.
  • Gokoel AR, Abdoel Wahid F, Zijlmans WCWR, Shankar A, Hindori-Mohangoo AD, Covert HH, MacDonald-Ottevanger MS, Lichtveld MY, Harville EW. Influence of perceived stress on prenatal depression in Surinamese women enrolled in the CCREOH study. Reprod Health. 2021 Jun 30;18(1):136. doi: 10.1186/s12978-021-01184-x. PMID: 34193196; PMCID: PMC8243817.
  • Gokoel, A.R., Shankar, A., Abdoel Wahid, F., Hindori-Mohangoo, A., Covert, H.H., Wickliffe, J.K., Harville, E.W., Zijlmans, C.W.R., & Lichtveld, M.Y. (2021). The cumulative risk of prenatal exposures to chemical and non-chemical stressors on birth outcomes in Suriname. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health,18, 7683.