Oralia Loza

HSSN 405
Health Sciences and School of Nursing Building
El Paso Texas, 79968
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Oralia Loza
Associate Professor, Public Health Sciences - Interdisciplinary Health Sciences

Dr. Oralia Loza’s training is in epidemiology and biostatistics. Their research training and experience are in the area of substance abuse and risk factors for HIV/STI and Hepatitis C Virus among high-risk populations, including sexual and gender minorities, transgender women, migrants, and other marginalized individuals living on the U.S.-Mexico border. They have conducted research in collaboration with Mexican colleagues in Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua. With colleagues and students in the Master of Public Health Program (MPH), they have the pleasure of producing important and novel results in these areas and have presented research findings at local, national, and international forums. Alongside MPH alumni, they created and lead, The Purple Pages of El Paso, a referral list and website for LGBTQ+-friendly healthcare and social services providers. They now serve on the TransFORWARD Research Engagement Advisory Council, a statewide initiative to improve the health of transgender people in the state of Texas.


  1. Sexual and Gender Minorities
  2. Transgender Women
  3. LGBT+ Health
  4. Hispanic Populations
  5. U.S.-Mexico Border; Substance Use
  6. Methamphetamine
  7. Hepatitis C Virus (HCV)
  8. HIV
  9. Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
  10. Sexual risk behaviors
  11. Ethnic and gender health disparities