Cathy Lang

Cathy Lang, PhD, is the Assistant Dean for Research and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Community Health Sciences Department. She holds a doctorate in public health, with an emphasis in health education and promotion. She leads the Office of Research at the school and provides research administration support and guidance on research policies for faculty, students, and staff.  She has experience in designing and creating interactive multimedia computer programs and web sites for various subject-areas, as well as using web-based questionnaires for evaluation. She regularly consults on technological/computer-related projects and trains students and staff to use computer software programs to create effective health education materials. She was previously the Assistant Director of the Southwest Regional Public Health Training Center and have led efforts supporting the workforce needs of current and future emerging leaders of public health, including the development of assessment tools that examined training needs of the public health workforce at local county health departments. Her research interests include electronic survey methodology and evaluating the usage, impact and effectiveness of digital and traditional forms of health communication/education materials.


  • PhD, Community Health Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
  • MPH, Community Health Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
  • BS, Psychobiology, Specialization in Computing and Concentration in Developmental Disabilities, University of California, Los Angeles, CA

Selected Courses

  • CHS 292: Information Technology for Health Promotion and Communication

Selected Publications

  • Lang, C., Glik, D. (2023) Communication and Media in Public Health. In J. Coreil (Ed.), Social and Behavioral Foundations of Public Health, 3rd edition, 261-290. Cognella Academic Publishing.
  • Flores, Y.N., Contreras, Z.A., Ramírez-Palacios, P., Morales, L.S., Edwards, T.C., Gallegos-Carrillo, K., Salmerón, J., Lang, C.M., Sportiche, N., Patrick, D.L. (2019). Increased prevalence of psychosocial, behavioral, and socio-environmental risk factors among overweight and obese youths in Mexico and the United States. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16, 1534,
  • Flores Y.N., Salmerón J., Glenn B., Lang C.M., Chang, L.C., Bastani R. (2018). Clinician offering is a key factor associated with HPV vaccine uptake among Mexican mothers in the U.S. and Mexico: a cross-sectional study. International Journal of Public Health, 64, 323-332,
  • Eisenman, D.P., Adams, R.M., Lang, C.M., Prelip, M., Dorian, A., Acosta, J., Glik, D., Chinman, M. (2018). A program for local health departments to adapt and implement evidence-based emergency preparedness programs. American Journal of Public Health, 108, S396-332,
  • Blenner, S., Lang, C.M., Prelip, M.L. (2017). Shifting the culture around public health advocacy: Training future public health professionals to be effective agents of change. Health Promotion Practice, 18(6), 785-788,