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Department of Public Health

Helda Pinzón-Perez, Ph.D., R.N., M.C.H.E.S., M.P.H.


Ph.D., Health Education, The Pennsylvania State University (1997)
Minor: School Psychology

M.S.N., Family Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Educator, California State University, Fresno (2011)

M.P.H., Public Health: Health Policy and Management, California State University, Fresno (2008)

M.S., Health Sciences: Health Education, California State University, Fresno (1992)

B.S.N., Nursing, Pontificia Universidad, Javeriana, Bogota, Colombia (1987). Minor: Community Health (Health Promotion)


Professor of graduate and undergraduate programs, Department of Public Health, California State University, Fresno (01/14 - present)

Director, Master of Public Health program, Department of Public Health, California State University, Fresno (8/13 - 12/13)

Professor, Master of Public Health Program, Department of Public Health, California State University, Fresno (08/08 - present)


Dr. Pinzón-Perez teaches courses in areas related to community health and health promotion and Nursing:

  • Community health
  • Principles of Health Education
  • Health Behavior Change
  • Rural Health
  • Health Promotion
  • Global and Cultural Issues in Health
  • Alternative Medicine and Holistic Health
  • Health and Disease


  • Research Interests: International Health, Multicultural Health Issues, Alternative Medicine And Holistic Health
  • Research Projects:
  • Community-Based Participatory Research on Childhood Obesity
    • Health Policy for Diabetes Prevention
    • The Influence of TV Advertisements on childhood obesity
    • The role of Medical Massage Therapists in Public Health
    • Infusion of Technology in Service Learning Courses


Pinzon-Perez, H. & Zelinski, C. (2016).  The Role of Teleconferences in Global Public Health Education.  Global Health  Promotion.  Available online at DOI: 10.1177/1757975914567180. SAGE Publications. Peer Reviewed Journal.

Hickey, C, & Pinzon-Perez, H.  (2013). Retrospective Analysis of Language-Related Cultural Disparity Trends in Acute Rehabilitation: Implications for Health Communication.   Revista Cientifica Salud Uninorte[Uninorte Journal], 29(2).  Available online at  Peer Reviewed Health C

Pinzon-Perez, H., Alonso, L., & Fajardo, E. (2012).  Complementary and Alternative Medicine:  A New Professional Arena for Clinical Nurse Specialists and Health Educators.  Revista Cientifica Salud Uninorte [Uninorte Journal], 28(1): 162-170.  Available online at  Peer Reviewed.

Miller, Sylvia & Pinzon-Perez, H. (2011).  Nursing’s Role in Advanced Care Planning for Hispanic / Latino Individuals.  Revista Cientifica Salud Uninorte {Uninorte Journal], 27(1).  Available online at  Peer Reviewed.

Hatmaker, G., Pinzon-Perez, H., Khang, X., & Cha, C. (2010).  The Hmong and Their Perceptions About Physical Disabilities: An Overview and Review of Selected Literature. Hmong Studies Journal. 11:1-16. Available online at .  Peer Reviewed.


Pinzon-Perez, H. & Perez, M.A. (2016).  Editors. Complementary, Alternative, and Integrative Health: A Multicultural Perspective.  Wyley Publishers. San Francisco, CA. 376 pages.

Perez, M.A., Pinzon-Perez, H.L., & Alonso, L.M. (2007).  Promoción de la Salud: Conceptos y Aplicaciones [Health Promotion: Concepts and Applications].  Ediciones UniNorte.  Universidad El Norte.  Barranquilla, Colombia.  186 pages.

Book Chapters:

Pinzon-Perez, H. (2012).  Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Culturally Competent Health Education. Chapter 4- Revisions for second edition.  Cultural Competence in Health Education and Health Promotion.  Editors: Perez M., & Luquis, R. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Pinzon-Perez, H. (2009).  The Role of Community-Based Participatory Research, Civic Engagement, and Service Learning in Reducing Health Disparities: An Experience Using Community Health Theaters.  Chapter 7.  Promoting Health And Wellness In Underserved Communities: Multidisciplinary Perspectives Through Service Learning. Editors:  Anabel Pelhan & Elizabeth Sills. Sterling, VA:  Stylus Publishing, Inc. 

Pinzon-Perez, H. (2008).  Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Culturally Competent Health Education. Chapter 4.  Cultural Competence in Health Education and Health Promotion.  Editors: Perez M., & Luquis, R. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Pinzon-Perez, H. (2007).  Culture and Heritage. Chapter 18.  Chapter Contributor. Kozier & Erb’s Fundamentals of Nursing.  8th Edition.  Authors: Berman A., Snyder S., Kozier B., & Erb G.. Upper Saddle River, NJ:  Pearson- Prentice Hall.

Perez, M.A., & Pinzon-Perez, H.L.  (2003). Sexual Health Issues Among U.S. Latinos.  International Encyclopedia of Sexuality.  Tennessee: Continuum Press.


Pinzon-Perez, H. (2016).   El Jardin Silencioso: Criando a su hijo sordo [The Silent Garden. Raising your Deaf Child].  2nd Edition.  Author:  Paul Ogden and David Smith.  Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press.

 Pinzon-Perez, H. & Perez, M. (2002).   El Jardin Silencioso:  Criando a su hijo sordo [The Silent Garden. Raising your Deaf Child].  Author:  Paul Ogden.  Hillsboro, Oregon:  Butte Publications Inc.  109 pages.

 Pinzon-Perez, H. & Perez, M. (1999).  Brazos Vacios [Empty Arms].  Author:  Sherokee Ilse.  Maple Plain, MN:  Wintergreen Press. 97 pages.

Other Publications:

Islas-Hooker, G., Pinzon-Perez, H. , &Chávez, F. (2007).  United for a Healthy Environment. Let’s Prevent Obesity: Working together to have healthy neighborhoods.  Photonovela.  Fotonovelas del Valle.   Fresno, CA.

Pinzon-Perez, H. (2006).  The world obesity epidemic and its relationship to sustainable growth: The influence of the built environment.  Conference Proceedings of the 5th Trilateral Conference on Pan-Pacific Cooperation and Sustainable Growth.  Konkuk University, Korea. By Invitation.

Pinzon-Perez, H. (2005).  Service Learning in a Community Health Science Class.  CSUF Online  Journal. By Invitation.

Pinzon-Perez, H.  (Dec 15, 2003).  On-line course “Cultural Issues in mental Health”  Public Health Training Academy.  CSUF.  By Invitation.

Krenz, V., Krenz, E., Pinzon-Perez, H., & Perez, M (2003).  GIS Mapping for Pap Smear Compliance Among Rural Latinas.  Conference Proceedings. CD Rom. 


  • Council member of the Community Health Policy and Development section of the American Public Health Association (APHA)
  • Member of the Multicultural Involvement Committee at the American Association for Health Education (AAHE)
  • Member of AAHE and IUHPE (International Union for Health Promotion And Education)
  • Member of the Leadership Council- American Cancer Society- Fresno/Madera chapter
  • Former member of the Fresno State Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects
  • Former member of the Fresno State Library Subcommittee
  • Former member of the Executive Committee at the College of Health and Human Services


  • Fulbright Teaching/Research Scholarship, Peru (04/16 - 08/16)
  • Community Champion Award, West Fresno Family Resource Center (2014)
  • Faculty Publications Recognition, Henry Madden Library, Fresno State (2014)
  • Outstanding Advisor Award, Fresno State (2013)
  • Fulbright Teaching/Research Scholarship, Dominican Republic (2008)
  • "Best in Show" Award for International Scholarship, Fresno State (2009)
  • Outstanding faculty member- Department of Public Health, Fresno State (2009)
  • Top Dog Alumni Award, Fresno State (2005)
  • International Student Award, Fresno State (1992)
  • Professional Certifications:
    • RN: Registered Nurse
    • CHES: Certified Health Education Specialist
    • CPH: Certifien in Public Health
    • PHN: Public Health Nurse
    • LMT: Licensed Massage Therapist
    • MMP: Medical Massage Practitioner


Helda Pinzon Perez

Public Health, Professor
Phone: 559 278.5329
Office: Sci II 267