Sandra Soto, MPH, BSN

SandraSoto_MPH_BSNI am currently a third year student in the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Public Health, specializing in Health Behavior. I originally obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Fl and worked as a nurse in the trauma ICU and in primary care. After three years of nursing, I decided to pursue a career in public health. To do this, I moved to Washington, DC and obtained my Master in Public Health from the George Washington University (GWU) in 2009. After graduating from the program, I worked in HIV prevention among high-risk populations at GWU where I conducted qualitative research. Prior to entering the doctoral program, I was a Research Associate at Georgetown University’s Center for Child and Human Development where I worked on federally-funded research studies focusing on children with special healthcare needs and children with mental health concerns.

Now, at IBACH, I am working under the guidance of Dr. Arredondo. I am pursuing my research interests in obesity-prevention from a family perspective among minority populations. My long-term career goals are to become a leading public health researcher in the field of family-related obesity prevention and to conduct my research from an academic setting. Currently, I am working on Dr. Arredondo’s randomized-controlled trial, Fe en Accion where I am assessing the social networks of church-going Latinas and the effects of Motivational Interviewing on their physical activity. I am looking forward to taking advantage of the multitude of opportunities and knowledgeable investigators available to me at IBACH throughout my training.


Current Research Project(s)
Promoting Physical Activity in Churchgoing Latinas (Fe en Acción/Faith in Action)