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Episode #76 Interview with Dr. Noel Barengo, International Medical and Public Health Professional



This episode is a special featured episode for the American Public Health Association’s Epidemiology Section and my guest today is Dr. Noel Barengo.

Dr. Barengo is a medical doctor with a MPH and a PhD in public health. He received his academic training in Finland, Switzerland, and Sweden. He currently works in Miami Florida as an assistant professor at Florida International University College of Medicine.

His global public health experience includes starting a public health NGO that served populations in both Finland and Nigeria. He has also worked in non-communicable diseases in Argentina, Colombia, and Paraguay.

He is an active member of the American Public Health Association in both the Physical Activity Section as well as the Epidemiology Section.


Dr. Barengo's research interests include prevention and control of hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, tobacco control and physical activity. He has worked as consultant in non-communicable diseases for PAHO, the Ministry of Health of Argentina, Colombia and Paraguay. He has published 80 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals and three book chapters.

At the present moment, he works as assistant professor at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Florida International University in the USA. His main activities there are teaching research methods and clinical epidemiology.

During his time as a student, hi was part of the International Federation of Medical Student’s Associations (IFMSA). IFMSA had a lot of collaboration projects with WHO and other organizations. This was his first introduction to the work of public health. After graduating medical college, he completed a MPH and a PhD in Public Health.

As a chair of a public health NGO, he designed and developed three public health projects in Nigeria. He managed to get funding from the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which marked the start of his international collaboration projects in public health. He later joined a large European project that focused on screening for people with type 2 diabetes and primary prevention of type 2 diabetes by lifestyle changes.

Listen to this episode to learn more about Dr. Barengo's journey into public health, as well as some advice and tips he shares with students and others interested in pursuing a similar path.

If you'd like to connect with Dr. Barengo's, just click this link to find him on Facebook. Be sure to mention that you heard his podcast episode!

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