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Alberto Caban-Martinez, DO, PhD, MPH, CPH

General Information

Alberto  Caban-Martinez, DO, PhD, MPH, CPH


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  • English
  • Spanish


  • Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, Division of Environment & Public Health
  • Associate Director, Miami Occupational Research Group (MORG)
  • Director, Musculoskeletal Disorders and Occupational Health Lab


Research Interests

• Epidemiology of Musculoskeletal Disorders (e.g., arthritis, back pain, fibromyalgia, multisite pain)
• Occupational Health Disparities
• Design, development, implementation and evaluation of workplace interventions such as, tobacco control, ergonomics programs, injury prevention and health promotion.
• The effect of health behaviors (e.g., physical activity, drinking, smoking) and mental health on reporting musculoskeletal disorders and injuries.
• Construction Worker Health and Safety
• Application of Information Technology & Computer Science to Occupational Medicine


2013 Postdoc Fellowship
Harvard School of Public Health
2011 D.O.
Nova Southeastern University College
2011 Ph.D.
University of Miami
2004 MPH
Nova Southeastern University
2001 B.S.
University of Miami



To learn more, visit: www.cabanmartinezLAB.com

Dr. Caban-Martinez is a board certified osteopathic physician and epidemiologist, and an Assistant Professor of Public Health Sciences in the Division of Environment and Public Health of the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University Of Miami Miller School Of Medicine. He is the Director of the Musculoskeletal Disorders and Occupational Health Lab and Associate Director of the Miami Occupational Research Group (MORG). His primary program of research concerns the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders among U.S. workers. He is the principal investigator of the NIOSH-funded MUsculoskeletal Study of Construction workers’ Longitudinal Exposures (MUSCLE) that follows a cohort of 500 commercial construction workers using a longitudinal study design with repeated measurements to better understand the occurrence and course of multisite musculoskeletal acute and chronic pain and its severity, as well as its association to occupational and non-occupational risk factors. He is also co-leading the Home Health Occupations - Musculoskeletal Examinations (HHOME), a mixed-methods pilot research study examining the musculoskeletal disorders in minority home health workers (i.e., home health aides, personal care attendants, home makers, etc.) with the primary goal of understanding occupational factors that can reduce overexertion and physical demands in their work environment. He most recently completed data collection of a NIAMS-funded mixed-methods study to develop and validate an ergonomics and fatigue survey instrument for commercial construction workers. He is a standing member of the NIOSH National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) Construction Sector and Mining Sector Council as well as a member of the National Board of Public Health Examiners, Item Writing Committee. When not in the research office, Dr. Caban-Martinez is an avid outdoor runner, exploring the South Florida running paths.