Dr. Monideepa Becerra is a Professor at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB). She has a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Health Policy, Doctor of Public Health in Health Education (DrPH), and certificate in Health Geo Informatics from Loma Linda University, School of Public Health. She is also a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). Dr. Becerra was competitively selected as a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Diversity Fellow, during which she worked at William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, Department of Research, Madison, Wisconsin, on infectious disease epidemiology, resulting in several peer-reviewed publications. Her primary research emphasis is on epidemiology and the interplay between social structures and individual level variations that impact health disparities among vulnerable populations. Dr. Becerra has published 35 peer-reviewed articles, two book chapters, and presented over 48 scholarly abstracts/presentations. She has mentored 46 undergraduate and graduate students in research and has a record of serving as a research and professional mentor for national programs, including the Network for Public Health Law, Hispanic Serving Health Professions Schools, and Asian & Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health-American Public Health Association. In the community, Dr. Becerra also has a history of service, including board member of LGBTQ Advisory Committee for American Lung Association, South Asian Public Health Association, Randall Lewis Health Policy Fellowship, and President Elect of Pacific Coast College Health Association. She also has a strong track record of several leadership positions at CSUSB, including Director for the Center for Health Equity, MPH Program Director, Coordinator for the Bachelor of Science in Health Science with concentration in Public Health Education, Chair of accreditation committee for public health programs, Coordinator for the Health Equity and Disparities Certificate, Chair of Graduate Council, and Interim Director of Teaching Resource Center (TRC). She is also a member of several national organizations, including Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society. Dr. Becerra has not only received over 35 of grants and awards for her research and service, but has also been invited by local and national organizations, including American Heart Association-Inland Empire, ReachOut, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to lead discussions on health disparities among vulnerable populations.
DrPH, Health Education. MPH, Health Policy and Leadership. Certificate, Healthgeo Informatics
Research and Teaching Interests
Primary interest: Social and clinical epidemiology.
Secondary interest : Effective pedagogies for health sciences.
During research projects, Dr. Becerra strongly promotes student involvement and thus majority of her current and ongoing projects have student researchers as co-authors/co-presenters. Dr. Becerra is also a strong proponent of students developing their own research agenda. As such, she mentors students to develop an interest in a field of research and help them develop research questions, identify the type of methodological approach, as well as provide them with grant support, when feasible, to ensure effective outcomes.