Noël Christopher Barengo, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

Division of Medical and Population Health Sciences Education and Research; Associate Professor, Translational Medicine

Department of Health Policy and Management, Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work

Office: AHC1-342

Phone: 305-348-9526


Specialty: Epidemiology, Public Health

Languages spoken: English, Swiss-German, German, Finnish, Spanish

Areas of Interest: Prevention of non-communicable diseases, diabetes, physical activity, tobacco control, hypertension, preventive medicine, social determinants of health.

Dr. Noël C Barengo teaches clinical epidemiology, research methods, and evidence-based medicine. He is also involved in teaching activities within the Endocrinology Course and Osler Fridays. He also mentors medical students within the Research Scholarship Course.

Barengo has worked as an independent consultant for the Pan-American Health Organization, the ASPIRE center in Qatar, and the Ministries of Health of Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, and Paraguay. In addition, he has published more than 120 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals and contributed three book chapters (complete list available by e-mail).

Research Interests

  • Prevention and screening of diabetes.
  • Hypertension and cardiovascular diseases.
  • Non-communicable diseases.
  • Physical activity and exercise.


Lecturer, Public Health, University of Helsinki, Finland. 2009.
Ph.D., Public Health, University of Eastern Finland, Finland. 2006.
M.P.H., University of Eastern Finland, Finland. 2001.
M.D., University of Eastern Finland, Finland. 1999.


  • APHA Epidemiology Section 2022 Wade Hampton Frost Lectureship Award
  • Honorary Member of the Peruvian Diabetes Association (ADIPER), 2012
  • Young Epidemiologist Finland 2007, Finnish Association of Epidemiology

Selected publications

  1. Barengo NC , Diaz Valencia PA, Apolina LM, Estrada Cruz NA, Fernández Garate JE, Correa González RA, Cinco Gonzalez CA, Gómez Rodriguez JA, González NC; SANENT Study Group. Mobile Health Technology in the Primary Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes: a Systematic Review. Curr Diab Rep. 2022 Feb 3. doi: 10.1007/s11892-021-01445-w.
  2. Barengo NC, Acosta T, Arrieta A, Ricaurte C, Smits D, Florez K, Tuomilehto JO.  Early Lifestyle Interventions in People with Impaired Glucose Tolerance in Northern Colombia: The DEMOJUAN Project.Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019;16(8). pii: E1403. doi: 10.3390/ijerph16081403.
  3. BarengoNC, Antikainen R, Borodulin K, Harald K, Jousilahti P.  Leisure-Time Physical Activity Reduces Total and Cardiovascular Mortality and Cardiovascular Disease Incidence in Older Adults. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2016 Dec 26. doi: 10.1111/jgs.14694. [Epub ahead of print]
  4. Barengo NC, Tamayo DC, Tono T, Tuomilehto J.  A Colombian diabetes risk score for detecting undiagnosed diabetes and impaired glucose regulation.Prim Care Diabetes. 2017;11(1):86-93. doi: 10.1016/j.pcd.2016.09.004.
  5. Barengo NC, Hu G, Lakka TA, Pekkarinen H, Nissinen A, Tuomilehto J. Low physical activity as a predictor for total and cardiovascular disease mortality in middle-aged men and women in Finland. Eur Heart J. 2004;25(24):2204-2211.

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