Odilia I. Bermudez, PhD, MPH

Positions:

Associate Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine

Associate Professor of Nutrition, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Contact:

Tufts University School of Medicine
136 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02111

Phone: 617.636.2194
Fax: 617.636.4017
Email: odilia.bermudez@tufts.edu

Education:

Degrees: PhD, MPH
Institutions: University of Massachusetts at Amherst; University of San Carlos at Guatemala

Teaching Areas:

Global Health; Research Methods; Maternal and Child Health; Health, Culture, Diversity and Social Justice

Research Focus:

Global public health and food, nutrition and development research focused on:

  • Assessment of food practices and dietary consumption of national food supplies for identification of appropriate interventions, including nutrient fortification, nutrient supplementation and other nutrition and food-based strategies
  • Assessment of socio-cultural and environmental determinants of food patterns, nutrient intake and health status of population groups
  • Relationships between diet, nutrient intake and chronic conditions of diverse, aging population groups
  • Socio economics and cultural determinants of food and nutrition security, health and development in Central America
  • Global health interventions for maternal and child health and nutrition

Select Publications:

  • Tawanda Muzhingi T, Tang Guangwen, Yeum Kyung-Jin, Bermudez Odilia I. and Siwela Andrew H. Peanut Butter Increase the Bioavailability and Bioconversion of Kale β-carotene to Vitamin A. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr.  Nov 2016. DOI: 10.6133/apjcn.112016.03
  • Ravi S, Bermudez OI, Vanzan H, Chui K KH, Vasudevan P, Must A, Thanikachalam S, Thanikachalam M, Sodium intake, blood pressure and dietary sources of sodium in an adult South Indian population. Annals of Global Health. 2016 Mar-Apr;82(2):234-42. doi: 10.1016/j.aogh.2016.02.001.

  • Naqvi A, Solomons NW, Campos R, Soto-Mendez MJ, Caplan E, Armas L and Bermudez OI. Vitamin D status among indigenous Mayan (Kekchi) and Afro-Caribe (Garifuna) adolescents from Guatemala: A comparative description between two ethnic groups residing on Rio Dulce, Caribbean Coast in Izabal Province, Guatemala. Pub Hlth Nutr; online March 2016, DOI:10.1017/S1368980016000598
  • Hau C, Reid K, Wong K, Chin R, Botto T, Eliasziw M, Bermudez OI, Fielding R. Effectiveness of a Healthy Habits Program on Function and Health in Chinese Older Adults. J Nutr, Health and Aging. Nov 2015, DOI: 10.1007/s12603-015-0623-8
  • Vossenaar M, Hernandez LM, Montenegro-Bethancourt G, Soto-Méndez MJ, Bermudez OI, Solomons NW. The Nutritional Contribution of Foods and Beverages Provided by Government-Sponsored Day Care Centers in Guatemala. Food Nutr Bull. 2015 Sep;36(3):299-314.  PMID: 26385951

  • Fuster M, Houser R, Messer E, Palma de Fulladolsa P, Deman H and Bermudez OI. ¿Se considera la alimentación saludable parte de la seguridad alimentaria y nutricional? Perspectivas desde comunidades pobres de El Salvador.  Perspect Nut Hum vol.16 no.1 Medellin Jan/June 2014

  • Chomat AM, Solomons NW, Montenegro G, Crowley C, Bermudez OI. Maternal health and health-seeking behaviors among indigenous Mam mothers from Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. Pub Hlth Pan-American J. 2014 Feb;35(2):113-20. PMID: 24781092
  • Bermudez OI, Lividini K, Smitz MF, Fiedler JL. Estimating micronutrient intakes from Household Consumption and Expenditures Surveys (HCES): an example from Bangladesh. Food Nutr Bull. 2012 Sep;33(3 Suppl):S208-13. PMID: 23193772
  • Evans EW, Hayes C, Palmer CA, Bermudez OI, Naumova EN, Cohen SA, Must A. Development of a pediatric cariogenicity index. J Public Health Dent. 2013 Summer;73(3):179-86. PMID: 23488811
  • Lee, J, Houser RF, Must A, de Fulladolsa PP and Bermudez OI. Disentangling Nutritional Factors and Household Characteristics Related to Child stunting and Maternal Overweight in Guatemala. J Econ Hum Biol. 2010 8(2):188-96. Epub 2010 May 27