Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Dr. Xiaohui Wang

Second Advisor

Dr. Santanu Chakraborty

Third Advisor

Dr. Darrin Rogers


There were 2768 participants enrolled in a chronic disease prevention education program. Survey and health measurements were obtained at three time points. We examine potential factors that might contribute to participant dropout, undiagnosed diabetes and undiagnosed prediabetes respectively. Logistic regression was used to examine the association between participant dropout and predictors, and to compare the odds of being undiagnosed with diabetes and prediabetes. We found that the potential predictors for participant dropout included age, employment, insurance, diabetes, self-reported health status, session type, program duration and curriculum. Factors affecting undiagnosed diabetes and prediabetes were age, self-reported health status birth country, limited by problems, family history of diabetes, baseline BMI and fruit and vegetable intake. This research is informative to prevent the participant dropout from prevention education program and reduce rates of undiagnosed diabetes and prediabetes on the U.S.-Mexico border.


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Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American

Included in

Mathematics Commons