Odilia I. Bermudez, PhD, MPH


Associate Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine

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


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

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


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