Rafael Perez-Escamilla, PhD

Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases); Director, Office of Public Health Practice; Director, Global Health Concentration

Departments & Organizations

School of Public Health: Chronic Disease Epidemiology: Social & Behavioral Sciences | Climate Change and Health | CT-RI Public Health Training Center | Global Health Concentration

Office of Student Research

Global Health Initiative: Social & Behavioral Health | Women & Child Health

Office of Cooperative Research


Rafael PĂ©rez-Escamilla, Ph.D., is Professor of Epidemiology & Public Health, Director of the Office of Public Health Practice, and Director of the Global Health Concentration at the Yale School of Public Health. His global public health nutrition and food security research program has led to improvements in breastfeeding programs, iron deficiency anemia among infants, household food security measurement and outcomes, and community nutrition education programs. His health disparities research involves assessing the impact of community health workers at improving behavioral and metabolic outcomes among Latinos with type 2 diabetes. He has published over 145 research articles, 2 books, and numerous journal supplements, book chapters, and technical reports. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Food and Nutrition Board. He has been a senior advisor to maternal-child community nutrition programs as well as household food security measurement projects funded by WHO, PAHO, UNICEF, FAO, UNESCO, UNDP, CDC, USDA, USAID, The World Bank, the Gates Foundation, and the Governments of Mexico, Brazil, and Colombia.

Education & Training

PhD University of California at Davis (1991)
MS University of California at Davis (1985)
BS Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, Chemical Engineering (1982)

Honors & Recognition

  • University of Connecticut UNESCO Chair Human Rights AwardUniversity of Connecticut UNESCO Chair (2010)

  • Pan American Health & Education Foundation (PAHEF) trusteePAHEF (2009)

  • 2010 Dietary Guidelines Scientific Advisory CommitteeAppointed by US Secretaries of Agriculture and Health (2008)

Professional Service

  • International Nutrition Council American Society for Nutrition International Nutrition Council (2010 - 2012)

  • Minority Affairs Committee American Society for Nutrition Minority Affairs Committee (2010 - 2011)

  • Global Health Concentration Yale (2010)

  • Health Disparities & Equity Advisory Committee SustiNet (2010 - 2010)

  • International Conference, Lima, Peru International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation (2009 - 2010)

  • 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee USDA & DHHS (2008 - 2010)

  • 2009 IOM Gestational Weight Gain Guidelines IOM (2007 - 2009)

  • Editorial boards Journal of Nutrition (2002-2007) Journal Human Lactation (1999-date) Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition (2006-date) (1999 - 2010)

  • Acta Paediatrica Scandinavica Am J Clin Nutr American Journal Obstetrics & Gynecology American Journal of Public Health, Am J Prev Med British Journal Nutrition Bull World Health Organization Ethnicity & Disease Eur J Clin Nutr Food & Nutrition Bulletin, Food & Foodways Human Organization International Breastfeeding Journal, J Am Diet Assoc J Amer Med Women Assoc Journal Developmental Psychobiology J Epi Community Health J Health Population and Nutrition J Human Lactation J Nutr J Nutr Education and Behavior J of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved J Pediatrics J Pediatric Gastroenterology Nutrition Lancet Maternal Child Nutrition Mexican J Public Health Mexican Studies Nutrition Reviews Panamerican J Public Health Pediatrics Psychological Review Public Health Nutrition Soc Sci Med Studies in Family Planning peer reviewed journals (1990 - 2010)

International Activity

  • Harmonization of household food security measurements in Latin America and Caribbean Region Brazil; Mexico (2007 - 2010)

    Senior leadership for Latin American & Caribbean household food security measurement (project ELCSA)

  • Nutrition, food security and human rights Rwanda (2004 - 2010)

    Keynote speaker for annual human rights youth leadership intergenerational forums

  • Brazilian household food security measurement project Brazil (2003 - 2010)

    Senior advisor to Brazilian government national household food security measurement project (EBIA initiative)

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Rafael Perez-Escamilla, PhD
Office Location
Office of Community Health135 College Street, Ste Room 216
New Haven, CT 06510
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