Hector G. Balcazar


Health Care Committee

Dean of the College of Science and Health at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science

Hector Balcazar, PhD, MS, became Dean of the College of Science and Health at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science on April 4, 2016. Prior to that position, Dr. Balcazar served as the Regional Dean of Public Health at the University of Texas (UT) Health Science Center at Houston, School of Public Health, El Paso Regional Campus. He was also a tenured professor of health promotion and behavioral sciences. Prior to joining UT, he was a tenured professor and Chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, School of Public Health at University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, TX. He was also a tenured Associate Professor at Arizona State University and Assistant Professor of Community Nutrition at the University of Maine. He holds a Ph.D. and M.S. degree in International Nutrition from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, and a B.S. degree in Nutrition and Food Science from Iberoamericana University, Mexico City.

Dr. Balcazar has extensive experience as a leader in public health education, research, service and community outreach. Most recent among many honors and awards was his selection to receive the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) Academic Leader of the Year award, presented April 23, 2016 at the 20th Annual Joint NHMA-HDA Conference on Hispanic Health. Dr. Balcazar is currently the Principal Investigator/Project Director of the newly funded five year $3,175,410 HRSA Health Careers Opportunity Program in collaboration with AltaMed.

Dr. Balcazar specializes in the study of public health problems of Latinos/Mexican Americans. He is a bilingual, bicultural family and public health scientist who has conducted numerous studies of Latino birth outcomes, acculturation and health related behaviors, cardiovascular disease prevention programs in Latinos, and border health issues. Dr. Balcazar provides consultation and leadership to local and national health organizations. Dr. Balcazar has over 180 publications including peer-reviewed journal articles (99), book chapters, monographs, and abstracts.

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