Headshot photo of Thomas Becker, M.D., Ph.D.

Thomas Becker, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Professor, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health
  • Charles R. and Velma E. Sharp Professor


Thomas Becker is a medical epidemiologist who has focused most of his career on minority health and improvement of health status of specific minority populations, including American Indians and Hispanics. Trained in internal medicine, anthropology, and public health, he began his career at the University of New Mexico before moving to the Northwest about 20 years ago.

Since his arrival in Portland, Becker has collaborated closely with the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board. He has published on a diverse range of American Indian health issues, including both infectious and chronic diseases. And with the Indian Health Board, he has been involved in etiologic studies, community prevention programs and education programs to improve career opportunities for people in tribes nationwide.

Education and training

    • M.A., 1976, University of New Mexico
    • M.D., 1977, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
    • Ph.D., 1986, University of New Mexico
  • Residency

    • Medicine, University of Washington, Preventive Medicine, U.S. Centers for Disease Control, 1986
  • Fellowship

    • Epidemic Intelligence Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1985

Memberships and 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

Areas of interest

  • Epidemiology
  • Minority Health
  • American Indian health issues



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