Dr. Ruth Bush

Dr. Ruth Bush

Associate Professor

University of California, San Diego/San Diego State University - PhD
San Diego State University - MPH
University of London - MA

Dr. Bush received her bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from Princeton University; her master’s degree from the University of London while on a Rotary International Fellowship; and her Master’s degree from the Graduate School of Public Health at San Diego State University, where she received the Outstanding Epidemiology Student award. She received her PhD from UCSD/SDSU Joint Doctoral Program in Public Health, where she was awarded dissertation funding from an NIH National Center for Research Resources M01 grant (5M01RR000827-25). Her dissertation research focused on assessing the effect of physical activity on bone mineral density among a cohort of women who had been varsity athletes.

Her extensive clinical research experience spans multiple health care settings, including military treatment facilities, academic hospitals, specialty and community-based clinics, and pediatric programs. She has led the development and initiation of clinical research studies as well as providing statistical consultations for projects in research areas as varied as patient-centered outcomes, women’s health, traumatic brain injury, and birth defects. She has served as a consulting member of Electronic Health Record (EHR) implementation teams.

Dr. Bush teaches statistics and data management courses in the PhD program. Her current research interests and funding are focused on patient-centered outcomes and the use of the EHR. Her AHRQ (K99/R00 HS022404) funding is examining the effects of the patient portal and electronic health record on patient engagement. She also has received PCORI (Pipeline to Proposal Tier I/Tier II) funding and is working to develop a multi-disciplinary team of patients, parents, caretakers, and researchers to address issues of obesity among teenagers with Spina Bifida.

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Contact Information

Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science
Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: (619) 260-4548