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Rigoberto I. Delgado, PhD, MBA

Associate Professor

Department of Clinical and Health Informatics

Contact | 713-500-3900

Rigoberto Delgado joined McWilliams School of Biomedical Informatics at UTHealth Houston in May of 2021 and is a health economist specialized in cost-effectiveness methods, health services research, population health analytics (including geospatial and non-structure data analysis), and optimal allocation of public health resources. Rigoberto has received research funding from multiple sources including the National Science Foundation, and the US Department of Defense. His project on mobile clinic routing optimization, highlighted by the NSF in 2018, offered the very first model in the country for enhanced delivery of mobile clinic care across geographic regions using advanced data analytics and data mining modeling. Outside of academia, Dr. Delgado advises public health institutions in the development of risk assessment models to prioritize prevention policies. He also provides consulting on economic impact analysis to healthcare organizations in the US and institutions in Latin American, the Middle East, and England. Rigoberto is bilingual (English/Spanish) and has extensive experience working with minority populations and global health issues.

"The emergence of world-wide pandemics highlights the critical importance biomedical informatics plays in the definition, implementation, and evaluation of appropriate health solutions at the community and patient levels. My research focuses on applying new economic and bioinformatics tools to support optimal decision making for the benefit of our national and international communities.


  • PhD, Health Economics and Management, University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston
  • MBA, Corporate Finance, University of California at Berkeley, Walter A. Haas School of Business
  • BA, Agricultural Economics, Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua, México

Areas of Expertise

  • Applied Population Health Analytics
  • Cost-effectiveness Methods
  • Health Services Research
  • Economic Impact of Health Information Technology

Staff Support

Felicia Davis | 713-486-3667

Selected Publications

  1. S. Majeed, J. Peng, A. Li, Y. Lin, R. Delgado. “Forecasting the Demand of Mobile Clinic Services at Target Communities via Integrating Multi-Source Data”. Accepted for publication by the IISE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering on December 28, 2020 DOI: 10.1080/24725579.2020.1859305
  2. S. Attipoe-Dorcoo, R. Delgado, A. Gupta, J. Bennet, N.E. Oriol, S.H. Jain. “The Mobile Health Clinic Model in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Lessons Learned and Opportunities for Policy Changes and Innovation”. International Journal for Equity in Health, 2020 05 19; 19(1):73
  3. Attipoe-Dorcoo, S., Delgado, R., Lai, D. et al. Geographical Influence of Mobile Clinics in the Southern United States. Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy (2020).
  4. Sharon Attipoe-Dorcoo, Rigoberto Delgado, Dejian Lai, Aditi Gupta, Stephen Linder. “Analysis of Annual Cost of Operating Mobile Clinics in the Southern United States”. Journal of Primary Care and Community Health 2020 Jan-Dec;11:2150132720980623. doi: 10.1177/2150132720980623. PMID: 33349118; PMCID: PMC7758644.
  5. Rayan S., Roy D., Delgado R.I., Ahmed M. “Factors Associated with Childhood Vaccination Compliance in Kindergartens of the Houston Independent School District”, Journal of Public Health and Practice, 2020 Mar/Apr;26(2):131-138.
  6. S. Murdock, R.I. Delgado, E. Gammon, “Strategies to Achieve Competencies During Disruptive Change: Emerging Employer Needs and their Impact on Program Deliverables in the Healthcare Sector”, Journal of Healthcare Administration Education, Vol. 36, Number 2, Spring 2019, pp. 131-150(20).
  7. R.I. Delgado, J.M. Swint, D.R. Lairson, Semaan, A., Zhang, L., N.P. Johnson, K.L. Gould, S.M. Sdringola. “Economic Studies in the Treatment of Atherosclerotic Coronary Artery Disease: A Narrative Review”, submitted to the International Journal of Cardiology on June 21, 2018.
  8. R.I. Delgado, S. L. Gill, “A Micro-Costing Study of Establishing a Baby Café in Texas”, Journal of Human Lactation, 34 (1): 77-83, February 2018.
  9. Revere L., Delgado R., Yay-Donerici E., Millard Krause T., Swartz M., “Price Transparency and Healthcare Cost: An Evaluation of Commercial Price Variation for Obstetrical Services”. Journal of Health Care Finance, Summer, 2016.
  10. Delgado R.I.., M.J. Swint, D.R. Lairson, N.P. Johnson, K.L. Gould, S.M. Sdringola .  “Cost Analysis of Positron Emission Technology and Comprehensive Lifestyle Modification for the Reversal of Atherosclerosis”. Journal of Nuclear Medicine, February, 2014.
  11.  Langabeer J.R., R.I. Delgado, D.R. Lairson, S.M. Sdringola. “Economic Methods in the Century Trial: A Comprehensive Lifestyle Modification Study for Managing Coronary Artery Disease.” Journal of Cardiovascular Translational Research, March 6, 2012.
  12. Delgado, Rigoberto I., and James R. Langabeer.  “Strategic Performance Evaluation in Cancer Centers”.  Journal of Healthcare Management, 54, no.  6, (2009): 369-382.
  13. Delgado, Rigoberto I., and James R. Langabeer.  “Projects and Change”.  Performance Improvement in Hospitals and Health Systems, edited by James R. Langabeer. Chicago, Illinois: HIMSS, 2009.