José F. Cordero

Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Department Head
Patel Distinguished Professor of Public Health

Epidemiology & Biostatistics

  • Education

    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

  • Affiliations

    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.