Mariana Stern, PhD

Professor of Clinical Population and Public Health Sciences and Urology; the Ira Goodman Chair in Cancer Research


Health Equity Interests

I want to contribute to reducing the cancer burden among Hispanic and Black individuals by identifying risk factors and improving cancer outcomes.


Dr. Stern obtained her undergraduate training in Biology at the University of Buenos Aires, School of Sciences, in Argentina with a focus on molecular and evolutionary genetics. She obtained her PhD in Cancer Biology at the University of Texas-MD Anderson Cancer Center and pursued postdoctoral training in molecular epidemiology at the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health. At USC, she is currently Director of the Applied Biostatistics and Epidemiology and the Molecular Epidemiology MS Programs and teaches to undergraduates students. She also serves as Associate Director for Population Science at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. She is also a program director for the Florida-California Cancer Research Education and Engagement (CaRE2) Health Equity Center, an NCI-funded partnership dedicated to supporting and fostering research on cancer disparities among Black and Latinx, doing community outreach among these two minority populations, and training the next generation of underrepresented minority scientists. Her overall research interests cut across the following main themes: diet and cancer, clinical epidemiology of prostate cancer, and cancer health disparities in Black and Latino populations.

Research Interests

  • Racial Disparities
  • Ethnic Disparities
  • Health Care Delivery
  • Health Care Outcomes
  • Health Care Disparities
  • Cancer
  • Diet
  • Cancer Epidemiology
  • Translational Research

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Epidemiology: Methods and Applications
  • Genetics in Public Health and Preventive Medicine
  • Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology
  • Seminar in Biostatistics and Epidemiology
  • Biological and Behavioral Basis of Disease