José F. Cordero

Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Department Head
Gordhan L. Virginia B. “Jinx” Patel Distinguished Professor of Public Health

Epidemiology & Biostatistics


MD, University of Puerto Rico, 1973

MPH, Harvard University, 1979

BS, Biology, University of Puerto Rico, 1969

Areas of Expertise

Research: maternal and child health, environmental epidemiology, developmental disabilities, preterm births, Zika, Dengue

Teaching: maternal and child health epidemiology, field epidemiology, cohort studies, case-control studies

Honors, Awards, and Achievements

Sedgwick Memorial Medal for Distinguished Service, American Public Health Association, 2017

Josef Warkany Lecturer, Teratology Society, 2017

Leadership Award, March of Dimes, 2006

Lifetime Achievement Award, Fragile X Association, 2006

Special Recognition Award, Association of University Centers on Disabilities, 2006

John Snow Award, Epidemiology Section, American Public Health Association, 2006

The EP Maxwell J Schleifer Distinguished Service Award, Exceptional Parents, 2004

Surgeon General Exemplary Service Medal, Public Health Service, 2002, 2006

Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Services, Department of Health and Human Services, 2000

Meritorious Service Award, Public Health Service, 1993

Arthur S. Flemming Award, Outstanding Government Scientist, Washington, DC Downtown Jaycees, 1988


American Public Health Association

Teratology Society

American Academy of Pediatrics,

Society for Pediatric Research

American Pediatric Society

American Epidemiology Society

American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

Course Instruction

EPID 8100: Clinical Epidemiology

EPID 8120: Screening and Prevention

EPID 7410: Field Epidemiology

EPID 7010: Introduction to Epidemiology

Research Interests

Dr. Cordero’s research centers on examining the role of endocrine disruptors and oxidative stress on preterm births and neurodevelopment. He is conducting a large cohort of pregnant women in Puerto Rico, the Puerto Rico Testsite for Exploring Contamination Threats (PROTECT) and following up the children born to PROTECT mothers through the Center for Research of Early Childhood Exposure and Development in Puerto Rico (CRECE). He is also a member of the consortium called Zika in Pregnancy (ZIP) that is examining the risk of Zika infection to pregnant women and their babies.