Raul Cruz-Cano
Associate Research Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Other Affiliations: Public Health Science
Campus: UMD | Building: School of Public Health | Room: 2364
Phone: (301) 405-0560 |
Office Hours: 

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CV / Resume
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Dr. Cruz-Cano has a M.S. in Statistics and a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso. He is currently Associate Research Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics of the University of Maryland, College Park. His research interests include Biostatistics,  Computational Statistics, Data analysis and Bioinformatics. He has served in diverse elected positions of the IEEE EMBS NoVA region. He is member of the Eta Kappa Nu and the Tau Beta Pi Honor Societies.

Education and Training

Ph.D. in Computer Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Texas at El Paso (January 2002 - May 2005)

Master Degree in Statistics, Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Texas at El Paso (January 2000- January 2002)

Bachelors Degree in Computer Systems Engineering, College of Engineering, Autonomous University of Chihuahua (August 1995- December 1999)         


Undergraduate Course:

EPIB 315 Biostatistics for Public Health Practice

EPIB463 Introduction to Biostatistical Programming

Graduate Courses:

SPHL602 Foundations of Epidemiology and Biostatistics-Online and Face-to-Face.

SPHL603 Public Health Data Laboratory-Online.

EPIB697 Public Health Data Management

Honors and Awards

2009     Inducted to Eta Kappa Nu, the Honor Society for Electrical and Computer Engineers

2005     Inducted to Tau Beta Pi, the Honor Society for Engineers


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 Vulnerable Populations”, accepted in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, October 2019.

R. Cruz-Cano*, M. Rangel-Gomez*, C. Van Wagoner, A. Kidanu, P.I. Clark (*these authors contributed equally to this work), “The acceptability of tobacco products depends on nicotine levels and not on delivery method”, accepted in the journal Addictive Behaviors Reports, August 2019, DOI 10.1016/j.abrep.2019.100217.

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. DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2019.305015.

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. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.20861

M. Rangel-Gomez*, R. Cruz-Cano*, M. Bachman, A. Kidanu, E. Bernat, P. Clark (*these authors contributed equally to this work), “Dissociating the effect of flavor and nicotine in smokeless tobacco products using electroencephalography: The case of wintergreen flavors”, Addictive Behaviors, November 2018, pii: S0306-4603(18)31311-X. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2018.11.013.

E. Mead, R. Cruz-Cano, A. Groom, J. Hart, K. Walker, A. Giachello, R. M. Robertson, C. Oncken, “Responses to cigarette health warning labels, harm perceptions and knowledge in a national sample of pregnant and non-pregnant women of reproductive age”, Addictive Behaviors, 90:10-13, October 2018, DOI: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2018.10.013.

P.K. Crowley, A. Mishra, R. Cruz-Cano, R. Gold, D. Kleinman, R. Agarwa “Electronic Health Record Implementation Findings at a Large, Suburban Health and Human Services Department”, Journal of Public Health Management & Practice, Epub ahead of print January 2018. doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000000768

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, DOI:10.1016/j.ypmed.2016.05.032.

K.S. Shaw, R. Cruz-Cano, C. Jiang; L. Mayalil, D. Blythe, P. Ryan, A.R. Sapkota, “Presence of Animal Feeding Operations and Community Socioeconomic Factors Impact Salmonellosis Incidence Rates: Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet), 2004-2010”, Environmental Research, Vol. 150, pages 166–172, October 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, DOI: 10.1186/s12879-016-1686-9.

G.A. Buzzell, B. Das, R. Cruz-Cano, L.E. Nkongho, A.W. Kidanu, H. Kim, P.I. Clark, C.G. McDonald. “Using Electrophysiological Measures to Assess the Consumer Acceptability of Smokeless Tobacco Products”, February 2016, Nicotine & Tobacco Research, published ahead of print February 2016, DOI: 10.1093/ntr/ntw041.

R. Cruz-Cano and M.-L.T. Lee, “Fast Regularized Canonical Correlation Analysis”, Computational Statistics and Data Analysis, Volume 70, pages 88–100, 2014.

B.Z. Pasturel, R. Cruz-Cano, R.E. Rosenberg Goldstein, A. Palmer, D. Blythe, P. Ryan, B. Hogan, C. Jung, S.W. Joseph, M.Q. Wang, M.L.T. Lee, R. Puett, S. Wilson, and A.R. Sapkota, “Community Socioeconomic Factors and Proximity to Animal Operations Influences the Risk of Campylobacteriosis in Maryland”, American Journal of Public Health, e1–e9. DOI:10.2105/AJPH.2013.301338.

J.C. Briones, B. Flores and R. Cruz-Cano, “Multi-Mode Radar Target Detection and Recognition using Neural Networks”, International Journal of Advanced Robotics Systems, 2012, Vol. 9, 177:2012, DOI: 10.5772/52073.

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, DOI:10.1186/1756-0381-5-10.

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, pages 457-470, DOI:10.1287/ijoc.1090.0360.