Public Health — Part-time
Alba Lucia   Diaz-Cuellar

Alba Lucia Diaz-Cuellar, Ed.D, MPH

Adjunct Faculty

  • Diplomat – Project Officer Level 4 with 20+ 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, Migrant Health, Health Education and Health Planning.
  • Former Academic Dean and Director of Health Programs in the United States, and several Latin American and European countries.

Scholarly Work
Dr. Diaz-Cuellar has been speaker at over 47 national and international conferences. She is author of more than 35 UNICEF/WHO/UNESCO educational manuals, co-author of two textbook chapters on public health, culture and migration, as well as author of over 25 peer-reviewed publications. Her research interests include issues in global health; international perspectives and comparative health; social determinants of health; migration and health; social and cultural theory; forced displaced communities and their health; population health and social change; and qualitative approaches to research. Her work critically examines the Ulysses Syndrome associated with the experiences of migrant communities, their realities in both their home countries, and the US contexts.

The Ulysses Syndrome: 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 (CHWs) 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.


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

Administrative Appointments

Coordinator of National and International Internships for the MPH Program

Courses Offered
  • MPH 611: Introduction to Public Health and Health Promotion
  • MPH 622: Communicating for Healthy Behavior and Social Change
  • MPH 641: Public Health Fieldwork Internship
  • MPH 602: Global Health with special emphasis: Latin America

Diaz, A.L. (2014) (Forthcoming 2015). Resilience, Community Building and Community Organization In Cultural Competence for Health Education Practitioners. Jossey-Bass, A Publishing Unit of John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Diaz, A.L. & Evans, S. (2014). Working with Diverse Groups In Cultural Competence for Health Education Practitioners, 2nd ed. Jossey-Bass, A Publishing Unit of John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Diaz-Cuellar, A.L. & Schoeller, D.A. (2014). Examining Community Resilience as a powerful tool to engage policy makers and to expand humanitarian aid and development. International Health 22(10) Mexico. PAHO.

Diaz-Cuellar, A.L. & Evans, S. (2013). Diversity, Immigrants and Health Education. European Journal of the Worldwide Forum on Education and Culture, 25(1). Rome.

Diaz-Cuellar, A.L. & Schoeller, D.A. (2013). (Forthcoming 2014). Dead Quetzal Flying: Gang-Based Asylum in Central American Children and Youth. Health and Human Security in Border Communities. Journal Health and Social Justice. PAHO.

Diaz, A.L. & Schoeller-Diaz, D.A. (2012). Community Health Workers’ effectiveness in the prevention of the Ulysses Syndrome. Asia Pacific Journal of Indigenous and Cultural Psychology. Factors Promoting Happiness, Health, and Quality of Life. Bali, Indonesia. 23(061):18.

Diaz, A.L, Labarca, C. & Osorio, L. (2011). Ulysses Syndrome. Red Athena Migration and Health. Into Rev Psychiatry. Universities of Paris, Barcelona, Berkeley.

Diaz-Cuellar, A.L. (2007). Indigenous Culturally Connected Health Educators/Promotoras: Preventing HIV/AIDS in the Latino community of San Francisco and San Mateo, University of San Francisco, California.

Diaz, A.L. (2003). Traditional educational practices in various communities across the world. Inter-Cultural Education Journal. Netherlands.

Rifo, M. & Diaz, A.L. (2000). Voices of Children. Popular Education and Participatory Research. International handbook on Popular Education and Participatory Research, University of California, Berkeley.

Diaz, A.L. (1999). Women and the New millennium: Scientific contributions in favor of humankind. Committee on International Science and Faith Conference in October 1999. Published in Vatican handbook. International Conference Italy & Cali, Colombia.

Osorio, J.A. & Diaz, A.L. (1998). Serving Afro- Colombian- Indigenous and rural communities in extreme levels of poverty: Choco, Narino, Guajira, Amazonas. Paper and video documentary presented at Regional UNICEF, Bogotá, Colombia.

Diaz, A.L. (1996). Community-based Care during the Childbearing years. Social Justice and Change. UNICEF, Bogotá, Colombia.

Diaz, A.L. (1996). PROANDES- National strategies on basic education: A follow up to the Supervivir Project. Participatory Action Research. Social Justice and Change. UNICEF, Bogota, Colombia.

Diaz, A.L. (1995). Training nurses on principles of breastfeeding following the Kangaroo model. UNICEF, Bogotá, Colombia.

Cepeda, C, Munoz, J. & Diaz, A.L. (1995). Four series of Voces de los niños. UNICEF, Bogotá, Colombia / Lima - Peru / La Paz, Bolivia / Quito, Ecuador.

Diaz, A.L. (1993). Field manual for Program managers, nurses and teachers: Saving Nigerian Children. UNICEF/WHO, Lagos, Nigeria.

Diaz, A.L. & Braide, E. (1992). Basic manual on Health Education strategies for the prevention of dracunculiasis. CUSO/UNICEF/UNESCO, Nigeria.

Mung, K.S. & Diaz, A.L. (1991). Child - to - Child Approach - Education strategies. UNICEF/UNESCO, Lagos, Nigeria

Diaz, A.L. (1990). HIV/AIDS and the vulnerability of Guinean women. WHO / UNICEF, Guinea Bissau.

Diaz, A.L. (1989). Nutritional status of Guinean children. UNICEF/WHO, Guinea Bissau.

Diaz, A.L. (1988). The role of women in the prevention of breast cancer". Journal Health Issues. Paper presented at United Nation Decade goals. UNICEF/UNFPA, New York.

Diaz, A.L. (1987). Dracunculiasis: The forgotten disease of forgotten people. Paper presented at Stanford University, CA.

Diaz, A.L. (1983). Changes in traditional midwifery in Guambia Region after official trainings conducted by Ministry of Health. UC Berkeley Press.

Osorio, J.A. & Diaz, A.L. (1981). Los doctores tienen la palabra. Journal Universidad de Antioquia - Escuela de Salud Publica. Medellin, Colombia.

Diaz, A.L. (1980). Supporting young mothers with education programs. A paper published in Journal School of Nursing, School of Public Health – Journal Escuela de Enfermeria & Escuela de Salud Publica, Universidad de Antioquia. Medellin, Colombia.

Diaz, A.L. (1978). Traditional birth attendants and basic educators in the remote areas of the Guambiano Community. Series of articles published in the Voz Indigena newspaper, Cauca, Colombia.