Javier Lopez-Zetina, Ph.D., MA, Chair
Dr. Lopez-Zetina received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Texas, School of Public Health, and his M.A. degree from the University of Houston, Texas.
Javier Lopez-Zetina, Ph.D., M.A., is Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Chair of the Department of Health Science at California State University, Long Beach. Dr. Lopez-Zetina’s research interests include the use of field epidemiologic methods with emphasis on the implementation of behavioral surveillance of drug abuse and addiction. His research has focused primarily in two areas: identifying bloodborne infection co-morbidities among injection drug users, and cross-cultural correlates of methamphetamine use in the U.S./Mexico border. Dr. Lopez-Zetina has extensive experience in the epidemiology HIV seroconversion among drug users. He has published articles and presented nearly 100 abstracts at numerous national and international epidemiology and public health conferences. In addition, Dr. Lopez-Zetina has conducted research on the epidemiology of obesity and physical activity with special focus on environmental determinants of physical activity and nutrition, and the role of social obesogenic factors and the built environment.
Dr. Lopez-Zetina has taught advanced courses in epidemiology, environmental epidemiology and bio-statistics in the MPH graduate program at California State University, Long Beach.
Special current and past projects that he is either the principal investigator or co-principal investigator include:
Dr. Lopez-Zetina is active in journal editorial tasks and has served as ad hoc reviewer of many epidemiology and public health journals, including Addiction, American Journal of Clinical Pathology, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, and Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Open Journal of Epidemiology. Since 2003, Dr. Lopez-Zetina has been actively involved in international academic endeavors including a Fulbright Scholar-Abroad appointment in Peru and appointments as Visiting Professor at universities in Ecuador and Mexico.