Yumary Ruiz

Clinical Assistant Professor of Public Health

Yumary Ruiz

Phone: 212-998-5456

Yumary Ruiz is an assistant clinical professor of public health and the director of the public health internship program in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health. Additionally, Dr. Ruiz is a faculty member of NYU's Global Institute for Public Health and a faculty affiliate at the Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health (CLAFH) at NYU's Silver School of Social Work. She also serves as an elected Board of Director of the Public Health Association of New York City (PHANYC).  She earned her Ph.D. in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention from Purdue University and her M.P.H. in Community Health Education from San Jose State University. Her scholarly and teaching interests are in the area of health disparities among racial/ethnic and migrant populations.  Her current research explores the impact of migration on poor health outcomes among Mexican migrants residing in the New York City metropolitan area. Prior to joining NYU, her research investigated the use of the Internet by non-profit organizations, specifically advocacy organizations, and its association to the theory of sociopolitical empowerment. 

Throughout her career, she has taught numerous classes, invented new courses, coordinated and implemented service-based projects, and designed competency-based training curriculums.  She has taught both graduate and undergraduate courses on a variety of issues and topics including program planning and evaluation, assessing community health needs and resources, women’s health, dying and death, human sexuality, current public health policy, health promotion and health education interventions among special populations, and the delivery of health care in the United States. Her pedagogical experiences coupled with her passion for empowerment practice have shaped her philosophy on teaching and learning.  As such, she strives to create a classroom environment that provokes students to question assumptions, values student expression, stimulates critical thinking skills, and fosters mutual respect and trust.

As a public health practitioner, she has coordinated and implemented innovative health programs using  multi-component (incorporated media, educational, policy and environmental activities), multi-sectoral (involved a coordinated response from community organizations, faith-based organizations, academic associations, government agencies, and neighborhood residents), and multi-setting (activities were carried out in health care, home, school, and other community settings) approaches.  Furthermore, she has been centrally involved in grant development and grant writing efforts that have secured private and public funds for a variety of community engagement projects.

Degrees Held

  • PhD Purdue University 2006
    Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • M.P.H. San Jose State University 2000
    Community Health Education
  • B.S. University of California Los Angeles 1996


  • 2012 : New York University Curricular Development Challenge Fund
  • 2011 : New York University Global Public Health Research Challenge Fund
  • 2009 : New York University Research Challenge Fund
  • 2009 : NYU Steinhardt Community Collaborative Award
  • 2009 : Steinhardt GSO Faculty Star Teaching Award
  • 2005 : Purdue University Special Initiatives Fellow
  • 2004 : Purdue University Special Initiatives Fellow
  • 2003 : Purdue University: Dale L. Hanson Award
  • 2002 : Purdue University: Donald L. Corrigan Professional Development Award


  • GPH-GU 2610 - Practicum in Global Health Leadership
  • PUHE-GE 2360 - Internship & Seminar in Public Health
  • PUHE-GE 2349 - Program Planning & Evaluation
  • PUHE-GE 2318 - Assessing Community Health Needs & Resources
  • PUHE-GE 2317 - Issues in Global Public Health: Puebla, Mexico
  • PUHE-GE 2316 - Community Health: A Society in Transition: Cape Town, South Africa 
  • FOOD-GE 2000 - New Graduate Seminar: HOPH/HCPH
  • PUHE-UE 0070 - Health & Society: Introduction to Public Health

Selected Publications

  • Guttmacher, S., Kelly, P.J., & Ruiz-Janecko, Y* (2010). Community-Based Health Interventions. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. (*married name)
  • Ruiz, Y., Matos, S, Kapadia, S., Islam, N., Cusack, A., Kwong, S., & Trinh-Shevrin, C. (2012). Lessons Learned from the Development of a Standardized, Core Competencies-Based Community Health Worker Training Program. American Journal of Public Health, 102, 2372-2379.
  • Azar, C.F. & Ruiz, Y. (2003). "We are all Public Health": September 11 and its aftermath through the eyes of public health educators at ground zero. Health Promotion Practice, 4, 362-366

Selected Presentations

  • American Public Health Association Annual Meeting (Washington, DC)
    Ruiz Y, Kapadia F, Bello V*. Influence of recent migration on sexual and contraceptive decision making among migrants from Puebla, Mexico residing in New York City. [Roundtable Presentation] American Public Health Association 139th Annual Meeting, Washington, DC. October 2011.
  • American Public Health Association Annual Meeting (Washington, DC)
    Kapadia F, Ruiz Y, Bello V*. Formal and informal social support and social ties among recent male and female migrants from Puebla, Mexico. [Poster Presentation] American Public Health Association 139th Annual Meeting, Washington, DC. October 2011.
  • American Public Health Association Annual Meeting (Washington, DC)
    Matos, S., Ruiz, Y., Kapadia, S., Islam, N., Cusack, A., Kwong, S., Hicks, A., Yu, K*., Trinh-Shevrin, C. & Rey, M. Lessons Learned from a Community-Academic Initiative (CAI): The Development of a Core Competency-Based Training for CAI-Community Health Workers. [Oral Presentation] American Public Health Association 139th Annual Meeting, Washington, DC. October 2011.
  • Society for Public Health Education Annual Meeting 2003 (San Francisco, CA)
    Internet-based advocacy: A new arena for breast cancer activism

Research Interests

  • Immigrant Health
  • Minority Health
  • Latino/a Health
  • Workforce Development
  • Community Capacity Building
  • Global Public Health Leadership