Marizen Ramirez


A portrait of Marizen Ramirez of the University of Iowa College of Public Health

Title(s): Visiting Associate Professor
Department: Occupational and Environmental Health

A real-life scenario that stays in the back of her mind keeps Dr. Marizen Ramirez motivated to prevent farming injuries and deaths. Parents of a toddler who had suddenly disappeared were forced to face the reality that their child died in a piece of machinery that was in operation on their own farm.

“Injuries and violence are the number one killers of children,” said Ramirez. “I have a strong passion for child health. We want to prevent these events from occurring and prevent the suffering that occurs because of it.”

Ramirez intentionally avoids referring to the incidents as accidents. “That term connotes that these are chance events,” she said. “That’s not the mentality that we need to maintain. We need to look at these events as preventable.”

Learn more about Dr. Ramirez at this profile…

Courses Taught

  • Epidemiology of Occupational Injuries
  • Injury Epidemiology

Research Interests

  • Pediatric injuries
  • School-based injuries and violence
  • Sports injuries
  • Injuries to children with special health care needs
  • Disaster epidemiology
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Posttraumatic stress
  • Youth violence