Steven Dominguez Jr., MS

PhD Student

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Education & Affiliations

MS, Global Health Sciences, University of California - San Francisco
BS, Biochemistry, University of Iowa


Steven Dominguez Jr. (he/him) is a dedicated global health professional pursuing his PhD in International Health and Sustainable Development. Mr Dominguez is primarily interested in health systems and health workforce development, specifically in understanding factors that influence health workers preferences and choices, with an area focus on Southeastern Europe. At Tulane, he has assisted teaching Design Strategies for Public Health Programs and Health & Human Rights in Latin America. He has worked as a Taylor Center graduate assistant for the Social Innovation Learning Lab in the SPHTM, focused in facilitating a social entrepreneurial and design thinking ecosystem. He also served as Peace Corps Response volunteer, in coordination with FEMA, to provide support to the State of New Jersey in their COVID-19 vaccination strategy during the Summer of 2021. He actively provides his analytical and technical skills as an independent consultant - writing technical manuscripts for non-profits (domestic and international), OSINT research and situational analyses on the Ukraine crisis, design thinking coaching, and more.

Prior to joining Tulane, Mr Dominguez served as a Community Health Education Volunteer with the US Peace Corps in Albania. While there, he worked to address issues relating to sexual and reproductive health and healthy life skills with grades K-9; was the Health Technical Trainer; worked as a disaster response trainer for the Earthquake Psychological Response Task Force; was a lead youth development trainer and coordinator for a Youth Professional Skills Workshop; amongst other health and youth development projects.

Mr Dominguez earned his MS in Global Health Sciences from the Institute for Global Health Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) where his thesis was focused on assessing the perceived impacts of right-to-health litigation in addressing maternal mortality in Brazil. He was also trained as a biochemistry and nano-chemistry research assistant with the Iowa Biosciences Academy at the University of Iowa. His academic and professional pursuits have allowed him to present around the United States at conferences, to interning as a research assistant in Romania (Fogarty MHIRT - 2014), taking graduate business and leadership courses in Croatia and Germany, conducting graduate level primary research in Brazil, and attending conferences in the United Arab Emirates and Germany.

During his doctoral studies, Mr Dominguez has completed coursework in evidence-based research methods, advanced research methods, cost-effectiveness analysis, social epidemiology, mixed methods research, social innovation, impact evaluation, grant writing, and pedagogy; as well as social determinant theory and international development theory based courses.

Research Areas

  • Health Systems
  • Health Workforce
  • Barriers to Healthcare Access
  • Socio-political and Cultural Determinants
  • Southeastern Europe


SPHU 3700 - Health and Human Rights in Latin America (Instructor Fall 2021)