David Cruess, PhD
David F Cruess, PhD
Name: David F Cruess, PhD
Biostatistics and Epidemiology
Dr. Dave Cruess currently serves as Professor of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics (PMB), with a secondary appointments as Professor of Medicine, Professor of Emerging Infectious Diseases, and Professor of Nursing in the Graduate School of Nursing. He additionally serves as the Graduate Programs Director of PMB. He also holds the administrative positions of Principal Vice Chair of PMB, Vice Chair for Biometrics, and Vice Chair for Graduate Programs. Dr. Cruess is the senior Biostatistician in the Department, and founded the Biostatistics Consulting Center for the University. He designed and taught much of the biostatistical curricula for the USU medical and graduate school.
The research interests of Dr. Cruess are varied, but most deal with the application of biostatistical methods in innovative ways to biomedical problems, especially in the areas of radiology, telemedicine, dermatology, and surgery. Currently, he is involved with research that involves the evaluation of the long-term outcomes of USU medical school graduates.
Dr. Cruess designed and teaches the core Biostatistics I course that is a required course for most graduate programs at USU. He has won the "Outstanding Educator of the Year" six times for his teaching expertise.
Areas of Expertise
Dr. Cruess is the only member of the Department to be "Certified in Public Health" by the National Board of Public Health Examiners. He has extensive expertise in the area of educational program administration, especially in accreditation issues. He has had a major role in every accreditation and re-accreditation effort of the Department, and has chaired the last two accreditation Self-studies for the Council for Education in Public Health (CEPH).
Dr. Cruess is a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology and was elected in the Delta Omega honorary public health society. He is also a member of the American Statistical Association, the International Biometric Society, and the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research. He also serves on the National Board of Public Health Examiners.