Claradina Soto, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor of Clinical Population and Public Health Sciences



Dr. Claradina Soto (Navajo/Jemez Pueblo) is an Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine in the Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research. She has over 20 years working with American Indian and Alaska Native populations in public health, collaborating with urban and Tribal communities in CA to reduce and prevent mental health disparities, cancer prevalence, commercial tobacco use, and substance use and opioid use disorders. She collaborates on several research projects funded by NIH/FDA, Tobacco Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP), Department of Health Care Services, California Tobacco Control Programs and the Office of Health Equity. She teaches courses in the Master of Public Health and Health Promotion programs at USC and mentors undergraduate and graduate students. Dr. Soto is a longtime advocate for the AI/AN communities and other priority populations to advance health equity and reduce health disparities.

Courses Taught

  • Culture, Lifestyle, and Health
  • Foundations in Health Education and Promotion
  • Gender and Minority Health Issues
  • Practice of Public Health
  • Culture and Health: Global Perspectives
  • Introduction to Health Promotion and Disease Prevention