Tom M. Becker, M.D., Ph.D.

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Dr. Becker is a medical epidemiologist with interests in both infectious and chronic disease epidemiology. He has a particular focus on viral carcinogenesis as related to cancers in special populations. He has published extensively on American Indian and Hispanic health issues, and is currently funded to carry out etiologic studies of cervical neoplasia in American Indian and Alaska Native populations. In addition to his training in medicine and public health, Dr. Becker also has a Ph.D. in anthropology, and his research has been designed to combine his experience in all of these disciplines. At OHSU, he teaches courses in epidemiologic methods and in infectious disease epidemiology.

Dr. Becker teaches epidemiology methods and research study design to medical and graduate students and more advanced learners in the university. As head of the M.P.H. committee, he assists with quality control in the MPH program. He administers grants, creates internship and thesis opportunities with community contacts, liaises with other departments and with Indian communities locally and nationally and assists with curriculum development for several programs on campus.

Selected Publications

"Cervical cancer incidence and mortality among American Indian and Alaska native women, 1999û2009," American Journal of Public Health (Vol: 104, Issue: SUPPL. 3, Page S415-S422) - 2014

"Colorectal cancer screening among American Indians in a Pacific Northwest tribe: Cowlitz tribal BRFSS project, 2009-2010," Public Health Reports (Vol: 129, Issue: 3, Page 280-288) - 2014

"Leading causes of death and all-cause mortality in American Indians and Alaska Natives," American Journal of Public Health (Vol: 104, Issue: SUPPL. 3, Page S303-S311) - 2014

"Predicting adherence to diabetic eye examinations: Development of the compliance with annual diabetic eye exams survey," Ophthalmology (Vol: 121, Issue: 6, Page 1212-1219) - 2014

"The impact of eyeglasses on vision-related quality of life in American Indian/Alaska natives," American Journal of Ophthalmology (Vol: 151, Issue: 1, Page 175-182.e2) - 2011


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Memberships & Associations

American Public Health Association American College of Preventive Medicine Society for Applied Anthropology Western Society for Clinical Investigation American Anthropological Association Society for Medical Anthropology Society for Epidemiologic Research School of American Research Association of Prevention Teaching and Research