Our Research

Making a Difference in the San Joaquin Valley

There is no single solution to the health problems facing society, but the Public Health researchers at UC Merced are working to address some of the pressing issues facing the people of the San Joaquin Valley (SJV) of California. Researchers at UC Merced strive to ensure that health research focuses on problems and issues that are high priorities in the SJV, is conducted in a way that is acceptable to the community and providers, takes a participatory approach that builds capacity in the community, is translated into practice and/or policy, and is communicated to key stakeholders to increase health literacy.

Faculty Research Areas

The Public Health faculty at UC Merced are committed to addressing issues within the San Joaquin Valley through research, teaching, and service to the community. All Public Health efforts are led by a multidisciplinary group of faculty with expertise in Prevention Sciences, Population Health and with research interests including:
 
RESEARCH AREA FACULTY

Health Disparities

Nancy Burke, Irene Yen, Mariaelena Gonzalez, Susana Ramirez, Anna Song, Karina Diaz Rios, Jan Wallander, Denise Payán

Public Health Systems & Services Research

Paul Brown, Nancy Burke, Irene Yen, Mariaelena Gonzalez, Kurt Schnier, Carol Sipan

Nutrition

Karina Diaz Rios, Susana Ramirez, Rudy Ortiz, Denise Payán

Health Communication

Nancy Burke, Susana Ramirez, Linda Cameron

Behavioral Health and Medicine

Susana Ramirez, Linda Cameron, Carol Sipan, Anna Song, Jan Wallander, Deborah Wiebe

Tobacco Control

Paul Brown, Nancy Burke, Mariaelena Gonzalez, Stephen Wooding, Linda Cameron, Anna Song

Latino Health

Nancy Burke, Ricardo Cisneros, Mariaelena Gonzalez, Susana Ramirez

Epidemiology

Irene Yen, Sidra Goldman-Mellor, Sandie Ha

Mental and Behavioral Health

Sidra Goldman-Mellor, Jeffrey Gilger, Jan Wallander

Environmental Health

Ricardo Cisneros, Sandie Ha, Andrea Joyce, Steve Wooding

Public Health Genetics

Stephen Wooding

Vector Ecology/Population Genetics

Andrea Joyce

Immunology and Infectious Disease

Miriam Barlow, Jinah Choi

Translational Research

Paul Brown, Nancy Burke, Mariaelena Gonzalez, Susana Ramirez, Linda Cameron, Carol Sipan, Anna Song, Jan Wallander, Deborah Wiebe, Denise Payán

Health Policy

Irene Yen, Denise Payán