Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research


Bijal Balasubramanian, PhD

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Regional Dean, UTHealth School of Public Health in Dallas



Campus Dean, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health in Dallas

MD/MPH Program Director, School of Public Health in Dallas

Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences

Research Interests

Primary Health Care
Cancer Screening and Survivorship
Multi-level Determinants of Health
Mixed-methods Research
Dissemination and Implementation Research in Primary Care and Oncology Care


Dr. Balasubramanian earned her medical degree from the University of Pune in India in 1996 and PhD in epidemiology from Rutgers in 2008. Since then, she has built a research program focused on improving health care delivery in primary care settings using implementation science frameworks. Specifically her research revolves around evaluating system-level interventions in real-world health care settings and addressing health care disparities in vulnerable populations. Specifically, she identifies sources of disparities in receipt of cancer treatment and by developing rigorous quasi-experimental designs and applying them to evaluate system-level health services interventions in primary and cancer care. She has led evaluations  of several practice change interventions to improve colorectal cancer screening, adherence to multiple guidelines for chronic diseases, integrate health behavior counseling in primary care, and integrate primary care and behavioral health care. Currently, she is co-PI on an NCI-funded R01 grant that integrates oncology care with primary care to improve care coordination among safety-net patients. Additionally, she serves as the quantitative team lead of a mixed methods evaluation of an AHRQ-funded, large scale, national study aimed at improving the quality of cardiovascular disease preventative care delivery in approximately 1,600 small to medium primary care practices. Through her teaching, she bridges public health and medicine by directing the MD/MPH program through a collaborative effort with The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.


Email: Bijal.Balasubramanian@UTSouthwestern.edu 
Phone: +1 (214) 648-1080
Fax: +1 (214) 648-1081

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