David F Cruess


Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics
Professor of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics, Professor of Medicine, Professor of Emerging Infectious Diseases, Professor of Nursing
Location: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
Public Health
Biostatistics and Epidemiology
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PhD , Johns Hopkins University, School of Hygiene and Public Health



Dr. David 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 has served as the Assistant Dean for Graduate Education for USU. He has additionally served as the Graduate Programs Director of PMB, as well as 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 PMB 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 taught 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).

Professional Activities

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.