Richard Jimenez

Core Faculty
College of Health Sciences and Public Policy
Ph.D. Public Health

Dr. Richard Jimenez is a full time core faculty member in the College of Health Professions at Walden University. He teaches courses in the PhD programs in Public Health, serves as lead faculty for several courses, supervises PhD dissertation and DrPH doctoral study research and serves on a variety of academic and institutional committees including the President’s International Advisory Committee. Dr. Jimenez has over 28 years’ experience in Public Health practice, teaching and research, including work as a Public Health Advisor at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA, and as Senior Research Scientist and Director of Patient Safety Research at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston. Dr. Jimenez has served on the boards of directors of five national health and educational organizations and has provided professional consulting services to several U.S. and international health and educational agencies and organizations in Europe, Asia and Latin America. His research interests include program evaluation, infectious diseases, health disparities and the public health impact of medical errors and patient safety. Dr. Jimenez received his Doctorate in Public Health degree from the University of Texas School of Public Health in 2005 and has published in various peer reviewed journals and other professional publications. He was elected a Fellow in the Texas Public Health Association in 2013. Dr. Jimenez currently serves as a reviewer for Public and Global Health teaching and research for the Fulbright International Scholars Program, administered by the U.S. Department of State. Dr. Jimenez also serves as Associate Editor of the Journal of Social, Behavioral and Health Sciences. Dr. Jimenez is the recipient of a Walden Social Change Research Fellowship for 2017. He is a recipient of the 2018 David. A. Wilson Award for Innovation in Higher Education - Excellence in Teaching and Learning sponsored by Laureate International Universities, and a 2023-24 Walden Faculty Initiated Research Grant. Dr. Jimenez recently completed certificates in Immunology, Virology and Physiology at Harvard University Medical School, and has been admitted to the Harvard Summer 2023 Global Health Services Intensive program.

Courses Taught

PUBH 6245 - Applied Research in Public Health

PUBH 6640 - Capstone Project in Public Health

PUBH 6475 - Public Health Program Planning and Implementation

PUBH 8900/9000/9001/9100/ - Public Health Dissertation and Doctoral Study Research

PUBH 8130 - Communications, Marketing and Public Relations for Public Health Leadres

PUBH 8475 - Adavanced Public Health Program Implementation and Evaluation


BA, University of Texas at Austin

MEd, Antioch University

DrPH, University of Texas School of Public Health

Public Service

Apollo Chamber Players, Board Member - Houston

Awards / Honors

Social Change Research Fellowship, Centers for Research Quality and Faculty Excellence, 2017

Fellow, Texas Public Health Association, , 2013


Stradthdee, S., Magis-Rodriguez, C., Mays, V., Jimenez, R., Patterson, T. (2012). The emerging hiv epidemic on the mexico-us border: An international case study characterizing the role of epidemiology in surveillance and response. Annals of Epidemiology


Jimenez, R. (2014). Lessons Learned in the Global War on HIV/AIDS . U.S. Embassy