Oralia Loza

Health Sciences and School of Nursing Building
El Paso Texas, 79968
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Curriculum Vitae




Oralia Loza
Associate Professor, Public Health Sciences - Border Biomedical Research Center (BBRC) - Interdisciplinary Health Sciences - Hispanic Health Disparities Research Center

Dr. Loza’s training is in epidemiology and biostatistics. Their research is 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 are part of the UTEP Vulnerability Issues in Drug Abuse (VIDA) Project, an interdisciplinary research team in substance abuse funded by the NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). They conduct research in collaboration with Mexican colleagues in Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua. With colleagues and students in Master of Public Health Program (MPH), they have the pleasure of producing important and novel results in these areas and has presented research findings at local, national, and international forums. As adviser of the Students for Public Health, they guide students in campus and community health promotion service activities. Alongside with 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.


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