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Dr Milagros A Ruiz
Department of Epidemiology & Public Health
1 - 19 Torrington Place
  • Research Associate
  • Epidemiology & Public Health
  • Institute of Epidemiology & Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences
Research Summary

I currently work on two research projects investigating the role of education and its relationship with health and well-being. Firstly, I study the relative contribution of an individual’s educational attainment to a reduced risk of coronary heart disease at midlife and older ages. This research relies on several population-based and birth cohort data sources in England and Great Britain in order to detect how health inequalities manifest over time. Secondly, I study the potential impact of a mother’s educational attainment upon her child's health from infancy to preschool age. This research synthesises data from multiple child birth cohorts in up to 12 European countries in order to assess how inter-generational inequalities emerge across place.  

Both projects seek to disentangle the direct and indirect effects of education upon health, in collaboration with senior researchers in the ESRC International Centre for Life Course Studies, the MRC Unit for Lifelong Health & Ageing, the Central and Eastern European Health Research Group, and the UCL Institute of Health Equity. The Research Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at UCL is one of the very few places where such research interests could be undertaken and combined.

Teaching Summary

I provide teaching assistance within the MSc/Diploma in Health and Society: Social Epidemiology programme. I lecture and assist in practical sessions for the following modules: Social Determinants of Global Health (EPIDGS41) and Research Methods for Social Epidemiology (EPIDGS45). I also co-supervise two Master's level projects that examine inequalities in early childhood health and development in the UK. 

I also teach within the Statistical Analysis Methods in Epidemiology and Social Sciences module, organised for doctoral students across UCL. 

I previously led and convened the Scientific Journal Club within the department, where seminal papers in epidemiology and public health were appraised and discussed. Elsewhere, I coordinated the first Introduction to Global Health module at the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES), Graduate School, US National Institutes of Health (NIH), where salient topics in global health research and policy were presented to early career researchers.

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