José Félix Colón Burgos, DrPH
Postdoctoral Associate
Office: AHC5-346
Tel: (305) 348-7353
Fax: (305) 348-7405

Dr. José Félix Colón Burgos completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Puerto Rico, Cayey campus, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Community Mental Health and a minor in Sociology. He continued his graduate studies in the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Puerto Rico, Health Sciences campus, where he earned a Master’s in Science in Health Systems Research and Evaluation and a doctorate in Public Health specializing in the study of the Social Determinants of Health. José Félix has worked as a research evaluator with various community, state, and international organizations aiming to tackle social and public health problematics from a social justice perspective.  His research interests include the study of the social determinants of health and the social determination of health, the effects of inequality and social structures in health, maternal and child health, substance abuse, and sexual risk behaviors, access to health services and the study of the political economy of health. José incorporates the use of social theory, critical medical anthropology, and critical public health with ethnographic, qualitative, and quantitative research techniques to explore the pathways of health risk in socially marginalized populations.



Voz De América Noticias (VOA), “Estudio: Seguridad, trabajo y mejor calidad de vida buscan migrantes centroamericanos”. December 12, 2019.

Colón-Burgos, J. F. (2017, June 6). La Evaluación como herramienta para analizar la crisis. El Nuevo Día, pp. 1–2. San Juan. Retrieved from:

Recent Papers:

Colon-Burgos, J.F. (2020). South Florida: HIV/Drug epidemics, Immigrant Ethnic Sexual Minorities, and Tourism. Hemisphere, 29, 35-38.

Colón-Burgos, J.F., Vertovec, J. Padilla, M., Mixson-Pérez, N., Matiz-Reyes, A., Varas -Díaz, N., Nuñez, A., Matos, N., Barker, R., Neira, C. & González, A. (2020). Coping with stress and anxiety: an ethnographic comparison of labor and health vulnerabilities among Dominican deportees in two transnational industries. Critical Public Health. DOI: 10.1080/09581596.2020.1826031

Colon-Burgos, J.F, Padilla, M., Nuñez, A., Varas-Díaz, N. & Matiz, A. (2019) An ethnographic study of ‘touristic escapism’ and health vulnerability among Dominican male tourism workers. Global Public Health. 14:11, 1578-1588, DOI: 10.1080/17441692.2019.1651370

Padilla, M., Colón-Burgos, J.F, Parker, C.M, Varas-Díaz, N. & Matiz, A. (2019) An Institutional Ethnography of Prevention and Treatment Services for Substance Use Disorders in the Dominican Republic. Global Public Health, DOI: 10.1080/17441692.2019.1701059