Brunette Maria 825x990Overview

Associate Professor, Global Health Equity
Director, Mujeres en Salud Global Peru

Division of Health Sciences
Global Health Equity

228L Atwell Hall
453 W. 10th Ave. Columbus, OH 43210

Phone: (614) 685-0896

Primary Areas of Interest

  • Health Equity
  • Tuberculosis Prevention & Control
  • Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR)
  • Decolonizing Global Health
  • Migration and Health

Professional Overview

Maju is a Peruvian native who champions health equity for historically marginalized communities in the Americas. Drawing on her skills as an engineer and systems thinker, she co-designs global public health interventions through both a decolonizing and gender equity lens. 


Dr. Brunette is currently funded by an interagency program at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) Research Training Program. Previous funding has been provided by the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH), the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), the Center to Protect Workers Right (CWPR), the UMASS Medical School Office of Global Health, and the UMASS Institute of Asian American Studies. 

Community and International Work

  • United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD)
  • World Health Organization, Workers Health Division
  • United Nations Global Compact for Migration
  • OXFAM America
  • Laborers' International Union of North America, LIUNA Local 175
  • Massachusetts Department of Public Health
  • Ohio History Connection
  • The Ohio Institute of Communities of Color
  • Peruvian Labor Department
  • Peruvian National Tuberculosis Program
  • Socios en Salud (Partners in Health), Perú
  • Colegio Franklin Delano Roosevelt, The American School of Lima, Perú


HRS 4590: Global Health Inequalities

Recent Publications

Moyano, LM; Brunette, MJ, Diaz, C (2024). Tackling Challenges in Peru’s Fragmented Healthcare System: Could Academia Become a True Agent of Change? Rev Méd Hered. 2024; 35(1):3-6. DOI: 10.20453/rmh.v35i1.5304 

Chavez-Rimache, L; Ugarte-Gil, C; Brunette MJ. (2023). The community as an active part in the implementation of interventions for the prevention and control of tuberculosis: a scoping review; PLOS Global Public Health; 

Griffin, T.; Chen, Q; Sun, X; Wang, D; Brunette, MJ; Cao, Y.; Liu, B. (2022). eRxNet: A Pipeline of Convolutional Neural Networks for Tuberculosis Screening. International Journal of Semantic Computing VOL. 16, NO. 01;

Brunette, MJ (2021). Moving the needle on global health equity: a look back from 2030, Archives of Environmental & Occupational Health, 76:3, 121-122, DOI: 10.1080/19338244.2021.1892922

Curioso WH, Brunette MJ. (2020) Inteligencia artificial e innovación para optimizar el proceso de diagnóstico de la tuberculosis (Artificial Intelligence and Innovation to Optimize TB Diagnostic Process) Rev Peru Med Exp Salud Publica. 2020;37(3). doi: 

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Honors and Awards

The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Global Health Program. 2024 Global Health Symposium Keynote address: “On my journey to decolonizing and democratizing global health research and practice: Making a case for ending TB” (April 10, 2024)
Oxford University, MSc in Global Healthcare Leadership Scholarship for Women (2023). Received funding in recognition of past successes (both academic and professional).
United Nations Global Compact for Migration – Side technical event expert panel on the work-related and occupational health of international migrant workers. World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland; October 2017.
University of Massachusetts Lowell Office of the Chancellor Grand Challenges 2020: Transformational Education Award: A Global Health Research Experience for Underrepresented Public Health Students; November 2015
University of Wisconsin-Madison Industrial Engineering Department travel award to attend United Nations Conference “Geneva 2000: The Next Step for Social Development”; 2000


  • Ph D: Industrial and Systems Engineering, (2002), University of Wisconsin Madison - Madison, WI
  • MSc: Industrial Engineering, (1999), University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez - Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
  • BSc: Industrial Engineering, (1992), Universty of Lima - Lima, Peru

Academic Journal Appointments

PLOS Global Public Health
Academic Editor

Archives of Environmental & Occupational Health
Deputy Editor-in-Chief

Health Equity
Associate Editor

Ingenieria Industrial, Revista de La Facultad de Ingenieria y Arquitectura -Universidad de Lima, Perú.
Editorial Board/Scientific Committee

Professional Links


Twitter Profile @CBPR2030

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