Marizen Ramirez

Title & Affiliation
Affiliate Crime and Justice Policy Research Program
Adjunct Associate Professor Department of Occupational and Environmental Health
Associate Professor School of Public Health, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities


  • PhD, Epidemiology, University of California-Los Angeles, 2002
  • MPH, Epidemiology, University of California-Los Angeles, 1998

Marizen Ramirez is an epidemiologist with over 20 years of experience in conducting research on injury, violence and disaster preparedness particularly in underserved, high-risk minority populations including children, racial/ethnic minority groups, workers and rural populations. She has conducted quasi-experimental and randomized controlled trials to evaluate interventions such as laws and policies in schools and in the workplace, disaster preparedness programs in rural communities, and Trauma-Informed Care interventions for child victims of trauma. Ramirez's funding portfolio includes grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, the National Institute of Justice, the US Department of Agriculture, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Currently, she serves as Director of the Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety, which trains the next generation of occupational health professionals.

Research Interests

  • Bullying and youth violence
  • Health equity
  • Injury and violence prevention
  • Intervention design and testing
  • Occupational injuries
  • Policy evaluation