Isabelle Kusters, Ph.D., MPH
Assistant Professor, Exercise and Health Sciences,
College of Human Sciences and Humanities
Dr. Isabelle Kusters is an assistant professor of public health in the Department
of Clinical, Health, and Applied Sciences and the Co-Program Director of the MS in
Exercise & Health Sciences at University of Houston-Clear Lake. She holds a secondary
appointment as a Health Policy Scholar in the Center for Medical Ethics & Health Policy
at Baylor College of Medicine.
Dr. Kusters' current research focuses on the impact of the Social Determinants of Health on healthcare access and outcomes for immigrant and other underserved populations. She is also interested in the ways in which translation and interpretation services affect access to, and quality of, care for patients with limited English proficiency. Her teaching and research interests include the social determinants of health and health disparities, health care access and quality, health policy, and comparative international healthcare systems.
Dr. Kusters completed her postdoctoral research fellowship at the Department of Veterans Affairs' Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness, and Safety and at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. She earned her graduate degrees (PhD, MPH) at the University of Texas School of Public Health and an undergraduate diploma (BA) from the University of Texas at Austin.
Areas of Expertise
- Public Health
- Social Determinants of Health and Health Disparities
- Cultural Competency in Healthcare
- Health Policy
- Healthcare Systems
- Health Services Research
- Healthcare Quality & Safety