Enrique Cifuentes

Enrique Cifuentes

Principal Research Scientist
Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
Enrique Cifuentes

Enrique Cifuentes is the Director of the new Children’s Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU, Lake Chapala communities, Mexico) funded by the Commission of Environmental Cooperation (July 2010). He (MD, University of Mexico) obtained his Masters in Community Medicine and PhD in Epidemiology (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, respectively). His doctoral dissertation focused on the investigation on water reuse in semiarid areas of Mexico (The Mezquital Valley) and was funded by the European Union. The generated evidence provided the basis for the revision of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) guidelines for the safe use of reclaimed water and crop irrigation.

Enrique Cifuentes’ background includes 9 years of experience in indigenous villages in Mexico, where he directed a unique primary health care program focused on pregnant women and infants. He published two books on ethnomedicine and poetry.

Dr. Cifuentes has extensively published in all major environmental health journals and contributed to “A Community Guide to Environmental Health”, a volume of the “Where There is No Doctor” series published by The Hesperian Foundation).

Before his arrival to the Harvard School of Public Health Department of Environmental Health, Dr. Cifuentes worked as Adjunct Professor at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine Department of Preventive Medicine in New York City (2008-2010.)



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