Maria Ruiz

Doctor, M.P.H., PhD

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Research interests

Environmental health

Chronic diseases

Socioeconomic inequalities



Public Health


My research focuses on chronic diseases, environmental health and the socioeconomic determinants of health, with a specific interest in examining the interactions between environmental and lifestyle factors. My work addresses how challenging environmental conditions (social and natural) affect the health of populations.  Specifically, my research centres on cardiometabolic health with special interest on geographic variations, lifestyles and socioeconomic differences.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Center for Research in Environmental Epidemiology

5 Oct 200912 Sep 2012

Award Date: 12 Sep 2012

Master, M.Sc. Public Health , Pompeu Fabra University

3 Sep 200610 Jul 2007

Award Date: 10 Jul 2007

External positions

Postdoctoral Researcher, Axe santé des populations et pratiques optimales en santé, CHU de Québec - CHUL. Université Laval


Research Assistant, Axe santé des populations et pratiques optimales en santé, CHU de Québec - CHUL. Université Laval


Researcher, IRD-Bolivie-Institut de Recherche pour le Développement



  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
  • Public Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Chronic conditions
  • Environmental health
  • Socioeconomic inequalities


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