Alex Ortega, Ph.D.
Alex Ortega, Ph.D., is Professor of Public Health and Psychiatry & Bio-behavioral Sciences at UCLA, and he is Director and Principal Investigator of the UCLA Center for Population Health and Health Disparities, a $10 million, 5 year-effort funded by the National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study and reduce cardiovascular disease risk in East Los Angeles, California. He is also affiliated with the UCLA Centers for Healthier Children, Families and Communities and Culture and Health.
Professor Ortega is an internationally recognized expert on the application of epidemiological methods in health services research, and his work focuses on the physical, medical, and mental health needs of Latino children and their families both in the United States and in the U.S. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. He has also published health research on the homeless, military veterans, and undocumented immigrants. He is the 2008 recipient of the Distinguished Nationally Known Public Health Professional Award by the Latino Caucus of the American Public Health Association.
Before joining the UCLA faculty, Professor Ortega held appointments in Epidemiology and Public Health at Yale University and Public Health at The Ohio State University. He has also been a Senior Research Associate at the W.M. Krogman Center for Research in Child Growth and Development at the University of Pennsylvania, a Senior Scholar in Residence in the Center for Primary Care Research at the Agency for Health Care Research & Quality, and a Visiting Professor at Columbia University. Professor Ortega holds a B.A. in economics from the University of New Mexico, an M.P.H. in epidemiology and biostatistics from Boston University, and a Ph.D. in epidemiologic science from the University of Michigan.