Miguel E. Marrero, DEA, MPH, PhDc
Practicum Coordinator
 



 
 

 

Bio

Professor Miguel E. Marrero Medina has a broad background in social sciences and psychology specifically addressed to health, behavioral, social, and political issues. His areas of interest are emotions and health, HIV adherence, suggestion/suggestibility, learned helplessness and optimism, medical compliance in cancer patients and evaluating needs in HIV and cancer patients/survivors in Puerto Rico.

He was professor at the MBA in Leadership, from the Human Development Institute. Since the year 2005 he have been collaborating with Higher Professional Consultants, Inc., as a psycho-educative trainer. He offers trainings/workshops in private and public schools to teachers, parents and students. He had been described as an excellent motivator and public speaker and a visionary leader with proven change management skills such as training, motivating, and coaching teams to exceed organizational objectives. Currently, he is a faculty member at the Public Health Program from Ponce School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

He earned a bachelor degree in Social Sciences at University of Puerto Rico and a master degree in psychology (DEA) at Complutense University of Madrid where he is writing his doctoral dissertation in cognitive psychology. Ha has a MPH in the area of Health Promotion from Be. In the past ten years, he has also taken courses of continuous education at various universities and colleges from Puerto Rico and Spain, primarily focusing on health and psychology. He is currently principal researcher for a project entitled Learned Helplessness among Other Psych- emotional Factors as Predictors and Modulators of Health Compliance among Female Breast Cancer Survivors.
 

Miguel E. Marrero
 

Courses
 
MPH 5201 PSYCHOSOCIAL ASPECTS OF PUBLIC HEALTH – This course is designed to develop in the student basic literacy regarding psycho – social concepts and processes that influence health status and public health interventions. It will focus on the contribution of social and behavioral sciences to the understanding of the distribution, etiology, and solution of public health problems. The course content, pretend to introduce the student in the study of the socio-ecological factors responsible for health /related behaviors that lead to morbidity and premature mortality. During the class the student would also be able to analyze the current trends in the psychological, social and community dimensions of the health research. The coursework emphasize in the principles of social and environmental factors responsible for health behavior.

MPH 6120 SURVEY DESIGN - This course is an overview of the questionnaires and surveys design process with a Public Health focus. In this course the students would get knowledge, understanding the methodology of questionnaires and survey research. The class content addresses the selection, development, and analysis of various types of instruments and procedures for collecting research data in the public health and epidemiological scenario. This program considers practical aspects in the construction of questionnaires including: determining questionnaire content, selection of item types and wording of items, selection of an administration method, and locating existing questionnaires. The course has a quantitative focus and is oriented toward public health and epidemiological research.

MPH 7501 BEHAVIORAL ASPECTS OF HEALTH DISORDERS - This course will examine current issues related to cognitive and behavioral foundations of public health specifically considering health disorders. This is a relatively new field of public health that emphasize in the mental, emotional, behavioral and social factors that affect the onset, duration, recovery and prevention of physical illnesses in the society. It will focus on the contribution of social and behavioral sciences to the understanding of the distribution, etiology, and solution of public health problems. Frameworks will be examined in the content of multi-layered social systems and temporal processes of change.

MPH 7601 HEALTH PROMOTION & DISEASE PREVENTION - The course introduces students to concepts, structures and activities in public health practice directed toward the prevention of disease at different levels and promotion of health. Emphasis will be made on how knowledge from epidemiological studies can be utilized to develop public health policies and prevention health promotion strategies.

MPH 8003 METHODOLOGY & RESEARCH - The purpose of this course is to present the applicable principles and methods in the public health research related disciplines. It supposes a reflexive and critical analysis of the problems and factors to consider in the construction, the development and the applications of research techniques. The class will work and analyze the use and application of qualitative and quantitative techniques in public health related research projects. The study of diverse methods and techniques will emphasize in the design and development of studies in the different public health related disciplines. It intends to prepare the student in the areas related to develop independent investigation.

DRP 6253 SURVEY QUESTIONNAIRE DESIGN IN PUBLIC HEALTH; EPIDEMIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE - This course, designed for students who are already familiar with basic biostatistics and epidemiological concepts and methods, is an overview of the questionnaires and surveys design process with an epidemiological focus. The course provides an introduction to survey and questionnaire design. Participants will learn important information about the survey process in general and apply what was learned immediately to their own survey project. In this course the students would get knowledge, understanding the methodology of questionnaires and survey research.

DPH 7113 MENTAL HEALTH EPIDEMIOLOGY - This course, designed for students who are already familiar with basic epidemiologic concepts and methods, is an overview of the epidemiology of mental illness. The course reviews descriptive and analytic epidemiology for major mental disorders of childhood, adulthood, and late adult life. It will also examine issues of classification and the nosology of psychiatric disorders as well as operational case definitions and the measurement techniques to enhance field surveys and risk factor research. A mayor emphasis of the course is on methods and problems of the epidemiologic study of mental illness, particularly as these differ from epidemiologic study of other types of illnesses.

DRP 7173 SOCIAL EPIDEMIOLOGY - Social epidemiology is defined as explicitly investigating social determinants of population distribution of health, disease and well being, rather than treating such determinants as mere background to biomedical phenomena. In this course students will explore Social Epidemiology’s theory and practice. Also, they will identify and reflect on the advantages and obstacles that social epidemiologists face as agents of social change. This will be done with special emphasis of the implications for clinical practice and research.

Courses that could teach:

MPH: Fundamentals of Public Health, Psychosocial Aspects of Public Health, Scientific Writing, Qualitative Methods, Public Health Case Studies in PH, Health Disparities, Survey Design, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Program Planning and Evaluation in Public Health, Research Methodology, Aging in Public Health, Behavioral Aspects ff Health Disorders, Violence, Injury And Public Health, Risk Communication

DrPH: Epidemiology of Diseases of Major Public Health Importance, Writing Papers in Public Health, Social Epidemiology,
 


 

Research Interest
 
His areas of interest are:
  • Cancer Survivorship
  • Emotions and health
  • Learned helplessness and optimism
  • Suggestion/Suggestibility
  • Stress & Anxiety
  • Cancer Adherence
  • Health compliance in cancer survivors
  • Evaluating needs in HIV and cancer patients/survivors in Puerto Rico
     

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