Miriam Mutambudzi

Assistant Professor

Miriam Mutambudzi joins the Department of Public Health in Falk College as Assistant Professor in Fall 2020.

Prior to joining Syracuse University, Mutambudzi served as a Research Associate in the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, and a Guest Epidemiology Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Social Medicine at the University of Antwerp in Belgium. Previously, she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health at the University of Texas Medical Branch, and a Senior Research Program Coordinator at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Medicine.

Mutambudzi’s research focus is on chronic disease and occupational epidemiology. Much of her research has largely been directed towards the use of longitudinal data to assess disparities in morbidity, disability, and mortality, with particular interest in onset and progression of chronic diseases, work-related health outcomes, and social determinants of health in vulnerable populations and older adults in Europe and the U.S. She has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals including the European Journal of Ageing, Journal of Gerontology: Medical Science, and the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, among many others. She has presented at the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP), Epidemiology in Occupation Health Conference (EPICOH), and the Population Association of America (PAA).

Mutambudzi is the 2020 recipient of the Kammer Emmett Award from the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) for the most outstanding article published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine in 2019. Past research support includes funding from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). She is an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Aging and Health and has served as an editorial peer reviewer for many other journals. She is a member of the European Association for Population Studies.


Ph.D. in Public Health, University of Connecticut

MPH West Virginia University

B.A. in International Studies, West Virginia University


Aging and health, occupational epidemiology and psychosocial factors in the workplace, chronic disease and life course epidemiology, as well as health disparities and social determinants of health

Recent Publications

  • Mutambudzi, M., Niedwiedz, C., Macdonald, E. B., Leyland, A., Mair, F., Anderson, J., ... & Demou, E. (2020). Occupation and risk of severe COVID-19: prospective cohort study of 120 075 UK Biobank participants. Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
  • Bhaskar, A., Katikireddi, V., Niedzwiedz, C., Mutambudzi, M., Flowers, P., Hunt, K., & Demou, E. (2020). P65 How are occupational histories associated with self-rated health in middle-aged adults? A cross-sectional analysis of retrospective UK Biobank data.
  • Mutambudzi M, Demou E, Flowers POP30 U.S. and UK differences in the association between multimorbidity trajectories and retirement in older workers with high and low effort-reward imbalanceJ Epidemiol Community Health 2020; 74:A14.
  • Mutambudzi, M., Gonzalez Gonzalez, C., & Wong, R. (2020). Impact of diabetes and disease duration on work status among US Older Adults. Journal of aging and health, 32(5-6), 432-440.
  • Mutambudzi, M. and Henkens, K. (2020) Chronic health conditions and work-related stress in older adults participating in the Dutch workforce. European Journal of Ageing, (doi: 10.1007/s10433-020-00554-x) (Early Online Publication).
  • Mutambudzi, M., Flowers, P. and Demou, E. (2020) Neuroticism, health and health behaviours in emergency personnel: a UK Biobank study. Occupational Medicine, (doi: 10.1093/occmed/kqz169) (PMID:31951004) (Early Online Publication).
  • Brown, M., & Mutambudzi, M. (2020). Psychiatric History and Trajectories of Cognitive Change Predict Risk of Nursing Home Residence. Innovation in Aging, 4(Suppl 1), 466.
  • Mutambudzi, M., & Vanajan, A. (2020). Job Intensity: Evidence from Low-and Middle-Income Countries. Handbook of Socioeconomic Determinants of Occupational Health: From Macro-level to Micro-level Evidence, 1-35.
  • Mutambudzi, M., Díaz-Venegas, C., & Menon, S. (2019). Association between baseline glycemic markers (HbA1c) and 8-year trajectories of functional disability. The Journals of Gerontology: Series A, 74(11), 1828-1834.
  • Mutambudzi, M., Theorell, T., & Li, J. (2019). Job strain and long-term sickness absence from work: a ten-year prospective study in German working population. Journal of occupational and environmental medicine, 61(4), 278-284.
  • Mutambudzi, M., Chen, N. W., Howrey, B., Garcia, M. A., & Markides, K. S. (2019). Physical performance trajectories and mortality among older Mexican Americans. The Journals of Gerontology: Series A, 74(2), 233-239.