Dr. Cruz-Cano has an M.S. in Statistics and a PhD in Computer Engineering from the University of Texas-El Paso. He is currently an Associate Research Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics of the University of Maryland, College Park. He is a member of the Eta Kappa Nu and the Tau Beta Pi Honor Societies. He is in charge of the SAS Joint Certificate and the Graduate Certificate in Health Data Analysis.
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Areas of Interest
Biostatistics; Computational Statistics; Data Analysis; Tobacco and Nicotine Research; Applied Time Series Analysis
PhD, Computer Engineering, 2005
University of Texas at El Paso
M.S. Statistics, 2002
University of Texas at El Paso
EPIB315 Biostatistics for Public Health Practice
EPIB697 Public Health Data Management
EPIB463 Introduction to Biostatistical Programming
SPHL602 Foundations of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
SPHL603 Public Health Data Laboratory
Inducted to Eta Kappa Nu, the Honor Society for Electrical and Computer Engineers, 2009
UTEP Scholarship of Excellence, 2002-2005
Inducted to Tau Beta Pi, the Honor Society for Engineers, 2005
Outstanding Graduate Student Award, College of Science, University of Texas at El Paso, 2001
R. Cruz-Cano, T. Ma, Y. Yu, M. Lee, H. Liu, “Forecasting COVID-19 Cases based on Social Distancing in Maryland, U.S.A.: A Time –Series Approach”, accepted in the journal Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, April 2021.
R. Murray, R. Cruz-Cano, D. Nasko, D. Blythe, P. Ryan, M. Boyle, S. Wilson, A.R. Sapkota, “Association between Private Drinking Water Wells and the Incidence of Campylobacteriosis in Maryland: An Ecological Analysis Using Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet) Data (2007-2016)”, Environmental Research. 2020 Jun;188:109773.
A. Groom, R. Cruz-Cano, E. Mead, A.L. Giachello, J.L. Hart, K.L. Walker, C. Oncken, R.M. Robertson, “Tobacco Point-of-Sale Influence on U.S. Adult Smokers”, Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, Volume 31, Number 1, February 2020, pp. 249-264.
R. Cruz-Cano, M. Rangel-Gomez, C. Van Wagoner, A. Kidanu, P.I. Clark, “The acceptability of tobacco products depends on nicotine levels and not on delivery method”, Addictive Behaviors Reports, December 2019.
R. Cruz-Cano, E. Mead “Estimation of the Causes of Excess Deaths in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria using a Time-Series Model”, July 2019, American Journal of Public Health, no. 109, pp. 1050-1052.
R. Cruz-Cano, E. Mead “Excess Deaths after Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico”, Journal of the American Medical Association, March 2019, JAMA. 2019;321(10):1005.
E. Mead, R. Cruz-Cano, D. Bernat, L. Whitsel, J. Huang, F. Chaloupka, C. Sherwin, R.M. Robertson. “Association between Florida's smoke-free policy and acute myocardial infarction by race: A time series analysis, 2000-2013.”, Preventive Medicine, Volume 92, pages 169-175, November 2016.
R.E. Rosenberg-Goldstein, R. Cruz-Cano, C. Jiang, A. Palmer, D. Blythe, P. Ryan, B. Hogan, B. White, J.R. Dunn, T. Libby, M. Tobin-D’Angelo, J. Huang, S. McGuire, K. Scherzinger, M.-L. T. Lee, A. R. Sapkota, “Association between Community Socioeconomic Factors, Animal Feeding Operations, and Campylobacteriosis Incidence Rates: Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet), 2004-2010,” BMC Infectious Diseases, Volume 16:354, July 2016.
R. Cruz-Cano and M.-L.T. Lee, “Fast Regularized Canonical Correlation Analysis," Computational Statistics and Data Analysis, Volume 70, Pages 88–100, February 2014.
R. Cruz-Cano, M.-L.T. Lee and M.Y. Leung, “Logic Minimization and Rule Extraction for Identification of Functional Sites in Molecular Sequences”, BioData Mining, Vol. 5, Issue 10, August 2012.
R. Cruz-Cano, M.Y. Leung, K.P. Choi and D. Chew, “Least-Squares Support Vector Machine Approach to Viral Replication Origin Prediction”, INFORMS Journal of Computing, Vol. 22, No. 3, Summer 2010, pp. 457-470.