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Alva Ferdinand, DrPH, JD

Assistant Professor, Health Policy and Management


School of Public Health


health policy, population health, health disparities
health ethics, research integrity, state & federal legislation, texting and driving, health laws
Dr. Alva Ferdinand

About Dr. Ferdinand

Alva Ferdinand, DrPH, JD, is the assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Texas A&M School of Public Health. Her research interests are health laws and ethics, disparities in health outcomes, research integrity, state and federal regulation in health care delivery and effectiveness at laws aimed at improving public health.

Dr. Ferdinand has had multiple works featured in publications, including her research about the impact of texting bans on motor vehicle crash-related hospitalizations that was published in the American Journal of Public Health.

Dr. Ferdinand received her Bachelor of Arts in international studies from Oakwood University and Master of Public Health and Doctor of Public Health in health care organization and policy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Vital Record news coverage

Q&A: How the economy affects traffic fatalities

Motor vehicle deaths in 2016 could easily be upwards of 20 percent higher than they were in 2015

January 20, 2016

Public health research shows bans on texting reduce hospitalizations

Team of researchers examined crash-related hospitalizations before and after the enactment of state texting bans

March 30, 2015

Ferdinand finds laws restricting texting while driving save lives

July 1, 2014