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:

  • Global health interventions for maternal and child health and nutrition
  • 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
  • Assessment of food practices and dietary consumption of national food supplies for identification of appropriate interventions, including nutrient

Select Publications:

1.     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 March 2015, DOI:10.1017/ S1368980016000598.

2.     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

3.     Bermudez OI. Ethnic Foods. In: Caballero, B., Finglas, P., and Toldrá, F. (eds.) The Encyclopedia of Food and Health vol. 2, 2015. Pages 563-568. Oxford: Academic Press.

4.     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

5.     Fiedler JL, Lividini K, Guyondet C, Bermudez OI. Assessing alternative industrial fortification portfolios: a Bangladesh case study. Food Nutr Bull. 2015 Mar;36(1):57-74. PMID:25898716

6.     Fiedler JL, Lividini K, Bermudez OI. Estimating the impact of vitamin A-fortified vegetable oil in Bangladesh in the absence of dietary assessment data. Public Health Nutr. 2015 Feb;18(3):414-20. PMID: 24762782

7.     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

8.     Bermudez OI. Public Health Nutrition Inequalities: The global context. Chapter 5.  Public Health Nutrition Textbook. Natalie Stein (editor).  Jones and Bartlett Learning. 2014. Pages 81 – 91. ISBN: 978-1-4496-9204-9

9.     Chomat AM, Solomons NW, Montenegro G, Crowley C, Bermudez OI. Maternal health and health-seeking behaviors among indigenous Mam mothers from Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. Rev Panam Salud Publica. 2014 Feb;35(2):113-20. PMID: 24781092

10.     Lividini K, Fiedler JL, Bermudez OI. Policy implications of using a household consumption and expenditures survey versus an observed-weighed food record survey to design a food fortification program. Food Nutr Bull. 2013 Dec;34(4):520-32. PMID: 2460569

11.     Fiedler JL, Afidra R, Mugambi G, Tehinse J, Kabaghe G, Zulu R, Lividini K, Smitz MF, Jallier V, Guyondet C, Bermudez O. Maize flour fortification in Africa: markets, feasibility, coverage, and costs. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2014 Apr;1312:26-39. doi: 10.1111/nyas. PMID: 24102661

12.     Fuster M, Houser RF, Messer E, Palma de Fulladolsa P, Deman H, Bermudez OI. Perceived access and actual intake of healthy diets among households in vulnerable Salvadoran communities. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2013 Nov-Dec;45(6):713-7. PMID: 23877053

13.     Evans EW, Hayes C, Palmer CA, Bermudez OI, Cohen SA, Must A. Dietary intake and severe early childhood caries in low-income, young children. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2013 Aug;113(8):1057-61. PMID: 23706351.

14.     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.

15.     Bermudez OI and Gao X. Greater consumption of sweetened beverages and added sugars are associated with obesity among US young adults from NHANES 1999-2000. Ann Nutr Metab 2010;57:211-218 (DOI: 10.1159/000321542).

16.     Bermudez OI, Tother C, Montenegro-Bethancourt G, Mathias P, Doak C and Solomons NW. Dietary intakes and food sources of fatty acids in diets of Guatemalan schoolchildren.  Nutr J. 2010;9(1):20.