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Marino Bruce


Marino A. Bruce, PhD, MSRC, MDiv is a Professor, Director of the Program for Research on Faith, Justice, and Health, and Director of Faculty Development in the Department of Population Health Science in the John D. Bower School of Population Health at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He also Principal Investigator of two research training and mentoring programs for individuals from backgrounds underrepresented in the biomedical and social sciences: (1) the Jackson Heart Study Graduate Training and Education Center at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC-GTEC) and (2) the Obesity Health Disparities Program to Increase Diversity among Individuals Engaged in Health Related Research (OH PRIDE). Dr. Bruce is a sociologist who has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and reports focusing on the full range of determinants impacting the health and well-being of African Americans.  He is a former editor of Research on Race and Ethnic Relations, current associate editor of Ethnicity and Disease and Behavioral Medicine, and co-editor of two recent books, Men’s Health Equity and Racism: Science and Tools for the Public Health Professional.

A major thrust of Dr. Bruce’s work has been identifying race- and gender-specific ways through which social, economic, and behavioral factors influence the early onset and accelerated progression of renal and cardiovascular disease. This work has been supported by the NIH throughout his career and related publications can be found in leading nephrology, public health and men’s health journals. Dr. Bruce has earned graduate degrees in Rehabilitation Counseling and Divinity and has served multiple African American congregations as an ordained Baptist minister for over two decades. His current work leverages professional, educational, and clerical experiences as well as an administrative supplement from National Institute of Aging to develop and evaluate comprehensive biopsychosocial models that specify how faith can “get under the skin” to slow declines in physical and cognitive functioning among African American men during middle and late life. Dr. Bruce is committed to leveraging the strengths of research and faith communities towards efforts to improve the health of disadvantaged and disenfranchised males, their families, and other related populations.

Dr. Bruce has been an active member of IAPHS as he has attended all but the first annual meeting and has served on the Program, Awards, and Nominating committees over the past two years. The John D. Bower School of Population Health is an institutional member of IAPHS and all doctoral students in UMMC-GTEC receive IAPHS membership as part of their training program. Dr. Bruce is also member of the Population Health Leaders in Academic Medicine (PHLAM) that affiliates with IAPHS. He earned a PhD in Sociology from North Carolina State University and received postdoctoral training in Family Medicine from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and in Biobehavioral Health from Duke University.