Arnab Mukherjea, DrPH, MPH Faculty Profile

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Arnab  Mukherjea, DrPH, MPH

Associate Professor of Health Sciences (Public & Community Health), Adjunct Professor (Pre-professional Health Academic Program)

Department of Health Sciences

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Dr. Arnab Mukherjea is an Associate Professor of Health Science (Public & Community Health) at California State University, East Bay.  He completed his undergraduate (BA in Molecular & Cell Biology with a minor in Education) and graduate (MPH in Health & Social Behavior with specialization in Multicultural Health; DrPH in Applied Health Disparities Research) degrees at UC Berkeley and postdoctoral training (Tobacco Control and Chronic Disease Prevention) at UCSF and UC Davis; he maintains formal research affiliations with all three institutions. 


Arnab's research has been funded by the National Institutes for Health, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Office of Minority Health, and the state of California's Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program and has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals.  He serves as a Multicultural Technical Advisory Committee Member for the California Health Interview Survey (representing South Asians), maintains membership in the Asian American Research Center for Health (ARCH) and the Data & Research Subcommittee for Asian American Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy & Leadership (APPEAL), and was a trainee in the Asian American Cancer Awareness, Research & Training's (AANCART) Training Core.  He firmly believes that community participation is essential for affected groups to understand, address, and ultimately take ownership of their own individual and collective health prospects.

Arnab's applied research interests broadly revolve around using community-engaged methods to understand and address health disparities among understudied Asian & Pacific Islander (API) subgroups, with a particular focus on contextual and culturally-framed risk factors. His current studies include examining facilitators and barriers for colorectal cancer screening among diverse South Asian subgroups in Northern California, and translation of findings into effective interventions (funded as a pilot project by National Institute of Aging via subaward from the Rutgers University Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR).  He is more broadly exploring the various social, cultural, historical, migratory, and generational traumas that influence indices of health among diverse South Asian subgroups (funded as a pilot project by National Institute of Aging via subaward from the Center for Aging in Diverse Communities at the University of California, San Francisco).  His postdoctoral and graduate research focused on understanding the myriad factors influencing unique forms of tobacco use among South Asians in the United States, and their contribution to tobacco-related disease in this population (including disproportionate burdens of cancer), which will be ultimately valuable for comprehensive and targeted intervention strategies.

  • Postdoctoral Training: University of California, San Francisco & University of California, Davis
  • Doctor of Public Health (DrPH): University of California Berkeley
  • Master of Public Health (MPH): University of California, Berkeley
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA): University of California, Berkeley
Spring Semester 2021
Course #SecCourse TitleDaysFromToLocationCampus
HSC 10001Health Sciences SeminarTTH3:30PM4:45PMWEB-SYNCHOnline Campus
HSC 49801InternshipARRWEB-ASYNCHOnline Campus
HSC 49912Capstone in Health SciencesTTH11:00AM12:15PMWEB-SYNCHOnline Campus

Peer-Reviewed Publications
Yusuf Y, Misra S, Singh S, Malhota G, Khan S, Tankasala N, Mukherjea A.  Unmasking an Invisible Community: Unique Influences on and Consequences of COVID-19 among South Asians in the United States.  AAPI Nexus Journal: Policy, Practice, and Community. 2020;17(1&2).

Mukherjea A, Ali S, Smith JA. A Human Rights Perspective on Palliative Care: Unraveling Disparities and Determinants among Asian American Populations. Topics in Language Disorders. 2020;40(3):  278-296.

Mukherjea A, Ansari ZK, Kumar SS, Katyal S, Sahota D, Handa R, Ivey SL. Preliminary Evaluation of Educational Outreach to Promote Colorectal Cancer Screening among South Asians in the San Francisco Bay Area. Journal of Immigrant & Minority Health. 2020;22:  873–877.

Khosla N, Washington KT, Mukherjea A, Aslakson R. Health-Care Providers’ Perspectives on Decision-Making Among Seriously Ill Patients of South Asian Origin in the United States. Journal of Palliative Care. 2019;34(3):  181-188.

Mukherjea A, Modayil MV, Tong EK. Moving Toward a True Depiction of Tobacco Behavior Among Asian Indians in California: Prevalence and Factors Associated With Cultural Smokeless Tobacco Product Use. Cancer. 2018;124 (Suppl 7):  1607-1613.

Ivey SL, Mukherjea A, Patel A, Kapoor N, Rau S, Kazi E, Bhatia J, Somsouk M, Tseng W. Colorectal Cancer Screening Among South Asians: Focus Group Findings on Attitudes, Knowledge, Barriers and Facilitators. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. 2018;29(4): 1416-1437.

Needham BL, Mukherjee B, Bagchi P, Kim C, Mukherjea A, Kandula NR, Kanaya AM. Acculturation Strategies and Symptoms of Depression: The Mediators of Atherosclerosis in South Asians Living in America (MASALA) Study. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. 2018; 20(4):  792–798.

Mukherjea A, Ivey SL, Shariff-Marco S, Kapoor N, Allen L. Overcoming Challenges in Recruitment of South Asians for Health Disparities Research in the United States. Journal of Racial & Ethnic Health Disparities. 2017;5(1):  195-208.

Needham BL, Mukherjee B, Bagchi P, Kim C, Mukherjea A, Kandula NR, Kanaya AM. Acculturation Strategies Among South Asian Immigrants: The Mediators of Atherosclerosis in South Asians Living in America (MASALA) Study. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. 2017;19(2):  373-380.

Bentley TG, Cohen JT, Elkin EB, Huynh J, Mukherjea A, Neville TH, Mei M, Copher R, Knoth R, Popescu I, Lee J. Measuring the Value of New Drugs: Validity and Reliability of 4 Value Assessment Frameworks in the Oncology Setting. Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy. 2017;23(6-a Suppl):  S34.

Bentley TGK, Cohen JT, Elkin EB, Huynh J, Mukherjea A, Neville TH, Mei M, Copher R, Knoth R, Popescu I, Lee J, Zambrano JM, Broder MS. Validity and Reliability of Value Assessment Frameworks for New Cancer Drugs. Value in Health. 2017;20(2): 200-205.

Hrywna M, Lewis MJ, Mukherjea A, Banerjee SC, Steinberg MB, Delnevo CD. Awareness and Use of South Asian Tobacco Products Among South Asians in New Jersey. Journal of Community Health. 2016;41(6): 1122-1129.

Mukherjea A, Modayil MV, Tong EK. Paan (pan) & paan (pan) masala should be considered tobacco products. Tobacco Control. 2015;24:  e280-e284

Jih J, Mukherjea A, Vittinghoff E, Nguyen TT, Tsoh JY, Fukuoka Y, Bender MS, Tseng W, Kanaya AM. Using appropriate body mass index cut points for overweight and obesity among Asian Americans.  Preventive Medicine. 2014;65: 1-6.

Mukherjea A, Wackowski OW, Lee YO, Delnevo CD. Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Tobacco Use Patterns. American Journal of Health Behavior. 2014;38(3): 362-369.

Mukherjea A, Underwood KC, Stewart AL, Ivey SL, Kanaya AM. Asian Indian Views on Diet and Health in the US: The Importance of Understanding Cultural and Social Factors to Address Disparities. Family & Community Health. 2013;36(4): 311-323.

Mukherjea A, Modayil MV. Culturally Specific Tobacco Use and South Asians in the United States: A Review of the Literature and Promising Strategies for Intervention. Health Promotion Practice. 2013;14(5 Suppl): 48S-60S.

Mukherjea A, Modayil MV. Exclusion of US studies examining social contexts of South Asian tobacco use hampers comprehensive intervention strategies. Public Health. 2013;127(1): 99-100.

Lee YO, Mukherjea A*, Grana R. Hookah steam stones: smoking vapour expands from electronic cigarettes to waterpipes. Tobacco Control. 2013;22(2): 136-137.
*co-first author

Mukherjea A. Tobacco industry co-optation of culture? Converging culturally specific and mainstream tobacco products in India. Tobacco Control. 2012;21(1): 63-64.

Mukherjea A, Morgan PA, Snowden LR, Ling PM, Ivey SL. Social and cultural influences on tobacco-related health disparities among South Asians in the USA. Tobacco Control. 2012;21(4): 422-428.

Palaniappan LP, Mukherjea A, Holland A, Ivey SL. Leading Causes of Mortality in Asian Indians in California. Ethnicity and Disease. 2010;20(1): 53-57.

Book Chapters in Peer-Reviewed Edited Volumes
Mukherjea A, Modayil MV, Banerjee S, Ulpe R. South Asian Tobacco Use in the United States. In: Health of South Asians in the United States: An Evidence-based Guide for Policy and Program Development.  Abingdon, UK:  Taylor & Francis Group.  March 2017.

Mukherjea A, Green LW, Kahan S. Tobacco. In: Kahan S, Gielen A, Fagan P, Green LW (eds). Health Behavior Change in Populations:  The State of the Evidence and Roles for Key Stakeholders. Baltimore, MD:  Johns Hopkins University Press. October 2014.

Formal Reports / Monographs / Policy Briefs
Mukherjea A, Bawa J, Chan CM, Bazaz N. Conference Proceedings:  Asian American Health Conference 2009- A Time for Change, Transforming Opportunities into Action. Asian American Health Initiative (Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services), Rockville, MD. November 2009.

Mukherjea A, Parikh P. Policy Brief:  Tobacco and South Asians. South Asian Network, Artesia, CA. Asian-Pacific Islander Tobacco Education Network (APITEN); Asian-Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF). January 2004.

Franks P, Greene N, Mukherjea A, Chapman S. Allied Health:  1970s-2000s-  A Review of Key Reports. The Center for the Health Professions; University of California, San Francisco, CA. September 2002.

Franks P, Chapman S, Nowicki M, Mukherjea A. Trends, Issues, and Projections of Supply and Demand for Nursing Aides and Home Health Care Aides. The Center for the Health Professions; University of California, San Francisco, CA. March 2002.

Department of Heath Sciences
Chair; Retention, Tenure, and Promotion Committee (2020 - present)
Chair; Tenure-Track Faculty Search Committee (2019 - 2020; 2015 - 2016)
Coordinator; Problem-Based Learning Capstone Experience (2019 - present)
Member; Five-Year Academic Review Committee (2019 - present)
Member; Department Chair's Advisory Committee (2018 - present)
Member; Committee on Faculty (2019 - present)
Member; Tenure-Track Faculty Search Committee (2014 - 2020)
Faculty Lead; Concentration in Public Health (2016 - 2020)
Acting Department Chair (2019)
Chair; Committee on Faculty (2017 - 2019)
Chair; Committee on Faculty [
previously Subcommittee on Faculty Affairs] (2016 - 2019)
Diversity Advocate; Tenure-Track Faculty Search Committee (2016 - 2019)
Member; Curriculum Subcommittee (2016 - 2018)

College of Science
Co-Chair; Committee on Recommendations for A2E2 Funding Allocation (2020)
Member; Committee on Educational Effectiveness (2016 - 2019)
Member; Departmental Separation Committee (2016 - 2018)
Member; Research Task Force (2016 - 2018)

California State University, East Bay
Chair; Committee on Academic Planning & Review (2020 - present) [including Member; Subcommittee on Assessment of Institutional Learning Objectives (2020 - present)]
Member; Committee on Academic Planning & Review (2019 - present)
Advisory Board Member; Center for Community Engagement (2019 - present) [including; Member; Leadership Committee (2020 - present)]
Member; Faculty & Staff Housing Task Force (2019 - present)
Faculty Mentor; Center for Student Research (2016 - present)
Faculty Representative for Assesment Subcommittee; Council on Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs (2016 - present)
Faculty Advising Fellow; Office of Academic Programs & Services / Office of Semester Conversion (2017 - 2019)
Member; Advising Council; Office of Academic Programs & Services [previously Student Advising Subcommittee, Office of Semester Conversion] (2017 - 2019)
Member; Honorary Degrees Committee (2017 - 2019)
Member; Committee on Curriculum & Instruction (2015 - 2019) [including Member; Subcommittee on Service Learning (2019 - present)]
Interim Director; University Honors Program (2018)
Faculty Representative; Asian & Pacific Islander Faculty Staff Association (2014 - 2018)
Member: Quantitative Institutional Learning Objective Rubric Development Committee (2016)

California State University
Member; Health Sciences (Health Policy) Consortium (2015 - 2016)
Representative; Institute for Palliative Care (2015 - 2016)

Media Representation

Ramachandran V. South Asian, Chinese New Yorkers among the hardest hit by Covid, study shows. NBC News. Dec. 17, 2020.

Ramachandran V. South Asians face disproportionately higher risks of heart disease, other cardiovascular ailments. Washington Post. Nov. 15, 2020.

Welna, D. Self-Isolation Orders Pit Civil Liberties Against Public Good in Coronavirus Pandemic. National Public Radio.

Stephens, S. Tobacco Use Varies Widely Among Asian and Pacific Islanders in US. Health Behavior News Service. April 17, 2014.

Brewer, A. Researchers Link Reduced Health Risks With Weekly Church Attendance. The Daily Californian. April 2, 2002.