Himilce Vélez, MSc, DrPHc
Professor of Public Health Program

MPH - First Year Program and Culminating Experience Coordinator




Professor Himilce Vélez is Professor of Public Health Program at Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences (PSMHS). She received her MS degree in Epidemiology from the Medical Sciences Campus at University of Puerto Rico. She has a Graduate Certificate (18 credits) in Gerontology. She has doctoral studies in Environmental Health and is currently working in her dissertation. She participated in research related to cancer, environmental epidemiology, health literacy and community engagement. She is part of Outreach component in the U-54 Moffit and PSMHS Partnership.

In the Public Health Program she teaches Biostatistics, Environmental Epidemiology and Risk Assessment. She is the first year coordinator and the culminating experience coordinator. She is the chair of Public Health Evaluation Committee.


Himilce Vélez CV

In the Public Health Program she teaches:

MPH 7414: ENVIRONMETAL EPIDEMIOLOGY: This course aims to introduce students to methods commonly used by epidemiologists to investigate the relationship between health outcomes and environmental factors. The students will gain understanding of the application of epidemiological methods to study environmental-related diseases. .A number of published studies will be used to illustrate the methods described. By the end of the course, students should improve their comprehension of published epidemiologic literature and have knowledge of types of methods used in environmental epidemiology, including an appreciation of their limitations. 

MPH 7434: RISK ASSESSMENT: This course is intended to introduce and explain the basic of risk assessment process, and to identify risk assessment benchmarks currently use in environmental and public health. The first series of sessions will cover general concepts of risk assessment, frameworks for risk assessment and risk management and the contributions of public health discipline in the risk assessment. The rest of the course will cover radiological, microbial, chemical risk assessment. The course also presents the Environmental Protection Agency method for risk analysis and how it is use risk analysis as scientific basis for policy decisions.


MPH 5102: INTRODUCTION TO BIOSTATISTICS: The course is designed to cover principles of biostatistics in the context of public health applications. The topics covered in this course include: methods for collecting and summarizing data, methods for evaluating the accuracy of sample estimates and techniques for making statistical inferences.


MPH 5212: STATISTICAL METHODS IN EPIDEMIOLOGY - This course provides a completed introductory statistics or biostatistics and multiple linear regression models. Understand the basic statistical concepts of sampling variation, parameter estimation and statistical hypothesis tests. The student will understand how to fit multiple linear regression models, how to interpret regression coefficients in these models and how to perform hypothesis tests about regression coefficients. You should be familiar with case-control, cross-sectional and cohort study designs.


Courses could teach:  Case Studies in PH, Survey Design, Inferential Biostatistics, Applied Epidemiology and Surveillance, Environmental Toxicology, Research Methodology, Aging in PH, Environmental and Occupational Disease, Environmental Health Consulting , Field Methods, Environmental Microbiology.


Research Interest
  • Community- participatory reserach
  • Pharmaceuticals in the environment: unused medicine disposal practices
  • Environmental factors and Health: Caño Martin Peña Project
  • Cancer Research: Factors associated to health care among breast cancer survivors
  • Community water systems