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Tufts University School of Medicine

Douglas Brugge

Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine
Department: Public Health & Community Medicine
Programs: Clinical & Translational Science, Health Communication

Douglas Brugge

Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine
Department: Public Health & Community Medicine
Programs: Clinical & Translational Science, Health Communication

Phone ​617-636-0326
Office: M&V 205


​Doug Brugge has a PhD in biology from Harvard University and an MS in industrial hygiene from the Harvard School of Public Health. He is a Professor in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. He has secondary appointments in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Biomedical Sciences and at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Active Citizenship and Public Service. He directs the Community Assessment of Freeway Exposure and Health (CAFEH), a set of studies about ultrafine particles from traffic and their association with cardiovascular health risk (funded by NIEHS, NHLBI, EPA, HUD, and the Kresge Foundation). He also directs the Tisch College Community Research Center (funded by Tisch College). Additional research has been on housing conditions and child asthma, second hand smoke exposure, asthma in Chinese and black immigrant communities, health communication, uranium mining in Native American and other populations, and research ethics. Most of his work uses a community-based participatory research approach. He has over 150 publications and has a deep commitment to seeing research translated into policy and practice.


  • PhD, Cellular & Developmental Biology, Harvard University
  • MS, Industrial Hygiene, Harvard University School of Public Health
  • BA, Biology & Chemistry, Washington University, St Louis

Research synopsis

My research largely employs the model of community-collaborative research and methodologically involves focus groups, oral histories, surveys, environmental sampling and health assessment.  We focus on several areas including studies of highway pollution and cardiovascular disease, asthma, the impact of culture, environmental tobacco smoke, motor vehicle related injuries, language on health communication, and the impact of uranium mining and processing on Native Americans.


Cleary EG, Patton AP, Wu HC, Xie A, Stubblefield J, Mass W, Grinstein G, Koch-Weser S, Brugge D, Wong C. Making Air Pollution Visible: A Tool for Promoting Environmental Health Literacy. JMIR Public Health Surveill 2017; 3:e16.

Winde F, Brugge D, Nidecker A, Ruegg U. Uranium from Africa - an overview on past and current mining activities: re-appraising associated risks and chances in a global context. Journal of African Earth Sciences 2017, 129: 1e20.

Hudda, N., Simon, M. C., Zamore, W., Brugge, D., and Durant, L. Aviation emissions impact ambient ultrafine particle concentrations in the greater Boston area. Environmental Science & Technology, 2016, 50:8514-8521.

Lane KJ, Levy JI, Scammell MK, Peters JL, Patton AP, Reisner, Lowe L, Durant JL, Zamore W, Brugge D. Association of modeled long-term individual exposure to ultrafine particles with inflammatory and coagulation biomarkers, Environment International, 2016, 92-93: 173-182.

Panikkar B, Brugge D, Gute DM, Hyatt RR. “They See Us As Machines:” The Experience of Recent Immigrant Women in the Low Wage Informal Labor Sector. PLoS ONE, 10: e0142686. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0142686

Patton AP, Zamore W, Naumova EN, Levy JI, Brugge D, Durant JL. Transferability and Generalizability of Regression Models of Ultrafine Particles in Urban Neighborhoods in the Boston Area. Environmental Science and Technology. 2015; 49:6051–6060.