Zobeida Bonilla PhD, MPH » Global Health

Research Interests:Maternal Child & Health, Latino/a health, qualitative health research and program evaluation, global health (Caribbean region), health disparities.

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology & Community Health

Address Div. Epidemiology & Community Health 1300 S. 2nd Street Suite 300 Minneapolis MN 55454 Work Phone: 612-626-1733
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Zobeida Bonilla received her Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of Florida and her MPH in maternal and child health at Boston University School of Public Health. She did postdoctoral work at the University of Florida Department of Special Education on a research project on Latino Families of Children with Disabilities and Chronic Conditions. After her postdoctoral training, she held several program management positions including Program Manager of the Latina Health Initiative of the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective , Program Coordinator of Eduquemos a Nuestras Mujeres of Wake County Human Services in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Program Evaluator with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the West Virginia Prevention Resource Center. Her current teaching and research interests include MCH, pregnancy health education among Latinas, qualitative health research and program evaluation, global health (Caribbean region), and community health promotion in the Latino community. Dr. Bonilla teaches courses in the MCH program including Principles and Programs in Maternal and Child Health, Children with Special Health Care Needs, Qualitative Research Methods in Public Health Practice, and Global Public Health Issues in Maternal and Child Health.

  • Ph.D. in Sociocultural Anthropology, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
  • M.P.H. in Maternal & Child Health, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
  • M.A. in Cultural Anthropology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado
  • B.A. in Social Sciences (emphasis sociology), Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Cayey, Cayey, Puerto Rico



Disparities, Global Health, Maternal Health, Qualitative Research, Qualitative Program Evaluation


Department of Chicano & Latino Studies


  • PubH3601 Global MCH Public Health Issues
  • PubH6600 Qualitative Research Methods for Public Health Practice
  • PubH6655 Principles and Programs in Maternal and Child Health
  • PUbH6613 Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
  • PUbH7200 Language and Culture: Spanish Immersion for Public Health (este curso se ofrece en español)


Selected Publications:

  • Bonilla, Z.E., Morrison, S. D. ,&  Norsigian, J, Rosero, E. (2012). Reaching Latinas with Our Bodies, Ourselves and the Guia de Capacitacion para Promotoras de Salud: Health Education for Social Change. Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health.
  • Bonilla, Z.,&  Ona, F. (2011). Paving New Paths for Health Education in the Global South:  Lessons from the  RAICES Project. The Health Education Monograph Series, 28(1), 25-31.
  • Correa, V., Bonilla, Z., Reyes, M. (2011). Social Support Networks of Single Puerto Rico Mothers of  Young  Children with Disabilities. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 20(1), 66-77.
  • Bonilla, Z.,&  Ona, F.&  Morrison, S. (2010). Health Education Practice and Global Health (eds.). The Health Education Monograph Vol. 27(2).
  • Bonilla, Z.E. (2009). Including Every Woman:  The All Embracing We of Our Bodies, Ourselves.  In:   Diversity and Women’s Health, Sue Rosser, ed., The Johns Hopkins University Press: Baltimore, Maryland. (previously published in the NWSAJ)
  • Bonilla, Z.E.,&  Rosero-Nordalm, E. (2008). De Camino a la Maternidad. Translation and cultural adaptation of Journey to Parenthood produced by Childbirth Connection. (Second Edition)