Public Health — Part-time
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Alba Lucia Diaz-Cuellar, Ed.D, MPH

Adjunct Faculty

  • Diplomat - Project Officer Level 4 with 10+ years of United Nations (UNICEF/UNESCO) experience designing, implementing and managing large, complex community-level educational projects for excluded and vulnerable groups in Latin America, Africa, and South East Asia. 
  • Educator and Academic Researcher with 15+ years of experience at prestigious institutions of higher education. Adept at teaching in the areas of Global Health, Health Education, Health Planning and Health Administration. 
  • Former Academic Dean and Director of Health Programs in the United States, and several Latin American and European countries.


University of San Francisco School of Education Ed.D. International Multicultural Education
San Jose State University School of Public Health MPH. Health Education
University of California, Berkeley BA. Sociology
Roosevelt University AA. Psychology

Research Areas

Current Research Interests-• The Ulysses Syndrome / Global Migration and Health: The lives of low-income newly arrived immigrant in the United States are currently compromised by serious health problems, which lack effective and lasting solutions. The efforts to determine lasting solutions to this growing crisis have been many and varied, often without continued success. The application of Freire's theory and methodology in the research analysis, gives it a unique dimension of human experience and authenticity, which derives relevant and meaningful results. The combination of Freire's participatory methods with the Community Health Workers model yields a clear and instructive picture of the CHW's potency as effective agents of social education and disease prevention in newly arrived immigrant communities, both locally and internationally.

Courses Offered
  • MPH 622.01: Theory of Health Behavior (4 Units) course.

Textbook Writing
Co-author Chapter: “Working with Diverse Groups” of the book titled “Cultural Competence for Health Education Practitioners” 2nd edition to be published by Jossey-Bass, A Publishing Unit of John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (“Jossey-Bass).
Scholarly Publications
Diaz, A.L., Schoeller-Diaz, D.A., Ringe H.A. Community Health Workers’ effectiveness in the prevention of the Ulysses Syndrome. Proceedings Second International Conference of Indigenous and Cultural Psychology, Factors Promoting Happiness, Health, and Quality of Life 2011, 2011 December, 23(061):18
Diaz, A.L., Labarca C, Osorio, L. Ulysses Syndrome. Athena Migration and Health. Into Rev Psychiatry. 2011 November.
Diaz, A.L.,Schoeller DA. Dead Quetzal Flying: Gang-Based Asylum in Central American
Youth. Health and Human Security in Border Communities (publication in