Brugge, Douglas

Douglas M. Brugge, Ph.D., M.S.


Professor and Chair
Department of Public Health Sciences, School of Medicine

About Dr. Brugge

Dr. Brugge is a professor in and chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences having taken that role in 2019 after spending 25 years at Tufts University. His teaching and research interests are in environmental and occupational health. In the last 12-15 years most of his research, and all his extramurally funded work, has been about traffic-related ultrafine particles and their effect on the health of people living near highways. Dr. Brugge projects have been community engaged or participatory and have sought to communicate our knowledge to communities, develop interventions and influence policy and practice to reduce risk from this toxin. His other areas of continued interest include uranium mining, especially in Indigenous communities, nuclear power, asthma, research ethics, and indoor pollutants. A favorite activity for him outside of work is photography, which he has done since he was in college. In the last few years he has refined his technique to take “reflection photos”, one of which is shown here to give people an idea and suggest that he might actually have a sense of humor.

Dr. Brugge 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). 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 160 publications and has a deep commitment to seeing research translated into policy and practice. Many of Dr. Brugge's research projects have opportunities for students. In the past students at all leavels, from high school to post docs have worked on projects he directs.

04/03/2018 - Medford/Somerville, Mass.  - Doug Brugge, Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine and Co-Chair of the Tisch College Community Research Center, gives remarks at the Presidential Symposium for Tufts Community Partners sponsored by the Tisch College of Civic Life on April 3, 2018. Ms. (Alonso Nichols/Tufts University)

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