Brunette Maria 825x990Overview

Associate Professor, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Affiliated Faculty, Department of Integrated Systems Engineering (ISE)

231A Atwell Hall
453 W. 10th Avenue Columbus, OH 43210


Phone: (614) 685-0896

Primary Professional Areas of Interest

  • Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR)
  • Health Systems
  • Human Factors Engineering
  • Global Public Health
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Sociotechnical Systems

Research Focus

With a background in industrial and systems engineering my health sciences research includes four primary areas: 1) Designing well-functioning and culturally-relevant health systems to reach marginalized and resource-poor working communities; 2) Redesigning healthcare processes and workflows with continuous improvement tools and participatory approaches; 3) Strengthening health systems via equitable collaborations with local community stakeholders -primarily in urban poor communities; and 4) Designing effective programs to reduce occupational health disparities among migrant workers in the Americas region (North/Central/South).

I use and have adapted the Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) approach -facilitating community-engaged research that is respectful of the complex social, economic, and cultural context of vulnerable, voiceless populations often found in Low and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs).


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. 


HTHRHSC 4193: Global Health Inequalities: An Introductory Course

Recent Publications

Maria Brunette (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

Griffin, T.; Cao, Y.; Liu, B.; Sun, X. Brunette MJ. (2021) Object Detection and Instance Segmentation in Chest X-rays for Tuberculosis Screening. International Journal of Transdisciplinary AI; Vol. 3, No. 1 (2021) 1-24

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: 

Ugarte-Gil, C; Icochea, M; Llontop Otero, J; Villaizan, K; Young, N; Cao, Y; Liu, B; Griffin, T; Brunette, M. (2020). Implementing a socio-technical system for computer-aided tuberculosis diagnosis in Peru: A field trial among health professionals in resource-constraint settings. Health Informatics Journal, 

Alcantara, M; Cao, L; Liu, B. Liu, C; Zhang, N; Zhangb, P; Griffin, T; Curioso, W; Ugarte-Gil, C; Brunette, MJ (2020). eRx – A technological advance to speed-up TB diagnostics, Smart Health, Vol 16, May 2020; ,  

Moure-Eraso, R. and Brunette, MJ (2017). Employment Conditions as a Social Determinant of Health in Latino Populations: Policy Interventions Using the WHO Social Determinants Model. In: Leong, F; Eggerth, D; Chang, D; Flynn, M; Ford, K. and Martinez, R. (Eds.). "Occupational Health Disparities among Racial and Ethnic Minorities: Formulating Research Needs and Directions”. American Psychological Association (APA),

Honors and Awards

“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.

“Grand Challenges 2020”, University of Massachusetts Lowell Office of the Chancellor: Transformational Education Grant: A Global Health Research Experience for Underrepresented Public Health Students; November 2015

Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award from University of Massachusetts-Lowell, Department of Work Environment; 2005

Conference Travel Grant from University of Wisconsin-Madison Industrial Engineering Department 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
    Supporting Area: Human Factors Engineering
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: Working Conditions in Peru: A Survey Study of Workers' Perceptions in an Industrially Developing Country
  • MSc: Industrial Engineering, (1999), University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez - Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
    Supporting Area: Cellular Manufacturing Systems
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: A Capacity-Driven Clustering Algorithm for Family Formation
  • BSc: Industrial Engineering, (1992), Universty of Lima - Lima, Peru
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: Thesis: A Feasibility Study to Develop and Implement a Manufacturing Plant of Garlic (Allium sativum), Caigua (Cyclanthera pedata) & Hercampuri Gentianella Alborocea) Gelatine Caps


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