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Lourdes Baezconde-Garbanati, PhD, MPH

Global Health Track

  • Professor, Preventive Medicine, Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research (IPR)
  • Director, Center for Health Equity in the Americas
  • Co-Director, Global Health Track in the Master of Public Health
  • Co-Director and Project Leader, Patient Education and Community Outreach Center, Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

Dr. Baezconde-Garbanati is a tenured faculty member in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California. She is a member of the directorate of the Institute for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention Research at USC, focusing on community outreach, community education and community-based research. She is the co-director of the Global Health Track in the Master of Public Health Program.

Dr. Baezconde-Garbanati’s future research interests include continuing to pursue research that could correct health disparities at community and global levels, with a focus on Latinos in the Americas. She is particularly interested in focusing her research and teaching to generate a better understanding of the health, mental health disparities and social determinants that impact indigenous communities in Latin America. She is already pursuing research to optimize the best strategies and messages to achieve behavioral change at the community level with Latinos in the U.S. and Panama. Her global research interests have allowed her to take up to 19 students abroad every year for the past five years to conduct independent research or their practicum in public health during the summer.

Dr. Baezconde-Garbanati is a member of the USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, where she serves as faculty liaison and project leader of the Patient Education and Community Outreach Center. At USC she also holds a joint appointment in the Department of Sociology and a courtesy appointment at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. She is also the director and PI of the Keck School of Medicine of USC Center for Health Equity in the Americas, a virtual center that engages faculty and students in the Americas on research and training for the correction of health disparities.

Education

PhD, Public Health, Social Epidemiology, Behavioral Sciences – UCLA | MPH, Community Health Sciences – UCLA | MA, Psychology, Medical Psychology – Universite Catholique de Louvain, Belgium | BA, Clinical Psychology – Universidad Nacional Pedro H Ureña, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | BA, Industrial Psychology – Universidad Nacional Pedro H Ureña, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic