Tess Cruz, Ph.D.

Tess Boley Cruz, PhD, MPH, CHES, is an assistant professor of clinical in the Department of Preventive Medicine and the Institute for Prevention Research at USC. Her primary research interests are health disparities, public health communication, health literacy, tobacco marketing and tobacco control. N. Tess Boley Cruz, Ph.D., M.P.H., C.H.E.S. is an Assistant Professor of Clinical in Preventive Medicine at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. She has been involved in research projects on health communication, health literacy, diversity, and tobacco control, and in teaching and administration for the academic programs of the Keck School. Cruz is the Director of the Health Communications track of the USC Master of Public Health program, past director of the MPH program during its early years, and currently teaches courses on health promotion, public health communications, race and gender issues in public health. Most recently she has been adapting courses for our new online MPH program. She has also trained health professionals in materials development for low-income populations.Her current research projects include development of a fotonovela on second hand smoke in apartment buildings, comparison of a print and audio-visual novela on obesity, and development of a community-based participatory research project on HIV among immigrant Latino families in Los Angeles. She is also Co-Principal Investigator of TEAM Lab, the California materials development lab in tobacco control.

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