Koy Parada, Ph.D. Candidate, MPH

Assistant Professor
Coordinator, International and Urban/Rural Health Nursing
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 5500
Office Location: Building One, #309
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Koy Parada has been working to address health disparities in disadvantaged communities for nearly 20 years. As an Assistant Professor at the Azusa Pacific University (APU) School of Nursing, she prepares students to plan and implement health interventions for medically-underserved populations, including culturally and linguistically-isolated Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities and street-based clinics for the homeless, and to work in international health nursing. Prior to joining APU, she taught at the UCLA/Fielding School of Public Health for 18 years and served as the founding Project Director of UCLA’s Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research and Training (AANCART), the first-ever National Cancer Institute-funded research project addressing cancer disparities in the Asian American community. She co-founded and currently co-chairs “Hep B Free-Los Angeles,” and co-chairs the Health Consortium of the Greater San Gabriel Valley. Parada also serves on the advisory board for the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, the Thai Health Network, City of Hope’s CCARE Program, as well as the American Cancer Society/California Division’s AAPI Leadership Team. She has received numerous accolades for her work, including commendation from members of the US House of Representatives, California State Assembly, and LA County Board of Supervisors. She was also awarded Secretary’s Award from the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, and the Award for Excellence in Public Health Practice from the Associated Schools of Public Health. She received her BS in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Irvine; and her graduate training from the UCLA/Fielding School of Public Health.


  • BS, Biological Sciences, University of California, Irvine, 1994
  • MPH, Community Health Sciences, UCLA/Fielding School of Public Health, 1998
  • PhD candidate, Community Health Sciences, UCLA/Fielding School of Public Health, (in-progress)

Academic Area

  • School of Nursing
    • Undergraduate Programs


  • Health disparities
  • Hepatitis and Liver Cancer
  • Homeless health
  • International Health
  • Urban, Rural, and Community Health

Courses Taught

  • UNRS 383 — International Health Nursing
  • UNRS 384 — Urban Health Nursing
  • UNRS 282 - Transcultural Health Nursing (Thailand)

Office Hours

Monday 10:00am-12:00pm
Wednesday 10:00am-12:00pm
Additional appointments are available by request.