Malek Batal, PhD

Affiliate scientist


Malek Batal is Professor of Public Health Nutrition in the Department of Nutrition in the Faculty of Medicine at the Université de Montréal.

He received his bachelor’s degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics and and his Master’s Degree in Food Science from the American University of Beirut. He completed a PhD in Human Nutrition at McGill University.

His research focuses on the environmental, economic and cultural determinants of nutrition and social relationship with people’s health and the ecosystem. His research projects are interdisciplinary in nature and always in collaboration with other researchers to better understand the determinants of health in the population, including First Nations in Canada , Francophones living in minority communities and Lebanese living in rural areas. Among First Nations , he participated in a national project that measures and describes the food intake and the risk of exposure to environmental contaminants in First Nations living on reserve in 100 communities across the country. Member of the Applied Research Network Health of Francophones in Ontario , it also examines the differential health , particularly nutrition , due to the linguistic minority .

Research Interests

  • Food choices
  • First Nations
  • Food security
  • Equity in health and nutrition


Website or blog

First Nations Food, Nutrition & Environment Study (FNFNES)

Réseau de recherche appliquée sur la santé des francophones de l’Ontario (RRASFO)


Main address:
Pavillon Liliane-Stewart
2405, Chemin Côte Ste-Catherine Local 1298
Montréal (QC) H3T 1A8

Main telephone:
514-343-6111 ext. 35177

Research Unit:
Research Unit on Nutrition and Metabolism