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Global Obesity Prevention Center

María José Mejía Ruiz, MPH

Former Student Research Assistant, Baltimore Project
Masters of Science in Public Health Nutrition Student, Department of International Health
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

María José received her BA in Anthropology from Davidson College in Davidson, NC. Following college, she worked as a medical brigades coordinator in Xela, Guatemala, and then as a program assistant and grants manager with the U.S. Peace Corps in her hometown Quito, Ecuador. María José is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Public Health Nutrition and a certificate in the Food System, Environment, and Public Health.

María José’s research interests include the socioeconomic determinants of nutritional health, gestational weight management, and nutrition self-efficacy. She works with the Global Obesity Prevention Center (GOPC) in the B’more Healthy Communities for Kids (BHCK) project led by Dr. Joel Gittelsohn, and is collaborating with Angela Trude’s formative research to promote the sustainability of the BHCK youth-leader component in Baltimore recreation centers. María José is also currently involved in Dr. Pamela Surkan's gestational weight gain management qualitative research at the Johns Hopkins Nutrition in Pregnancy (NIP) Clinic.