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Arnab Mukherjea, DrPH, MPH Faculty Profile

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Arnab  Mukherjea, DrPH, MPH

Assistant Professor of Health Sciences (Public & Community Health), Faculty Advising Fellow (Semester Conversion Initative), Adjunct Faculty Member (Pre-professional Health Academic Program)

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Dr. Arnab Mukherjea is an Assistant 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 Asian Indians and Bangladeshis in Northern California, as well as assessing the adequacy of federal and state population-level surveillance of HIV, Tuberculosis, and viral Hepatitis B to monitor disparities in these outcomes among diverse API communities.  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
Fall Semester 2018
Course #SecCourse TitleDaysFromToLocationCampusTextbook Info
BIOL 44209SSEpidemiologyTU6:00PM9:00PMSC-N119HAYWARDView Books
GS 39901Honors SeminarARRWEB-ONLINEOnline Campus View Books
HSC 10009Health Sciences SeminarMW2:00PM3:15PMSC-N112Hayward Campus View Books
HSC 31501Public HealthM8:00AM9:40AMVBT-0124Hayward Campus View Books

Peer-Reviewed Publications
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.

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 and Symptoms of Depression: The Mediators of Atherosclerosis in South Asians Living in America (MASALA) Study. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. 2017;ePub ahead of print.

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.

Health Sciences Program
Faculty Lead; Program Concentration in Public Health:  Semester Conversion (2016 - present)
Chair; Faculty Affairs Subcommittee (2016 - present)
Member; Curriculum Subcommittee (2016 - present)
Diversity Advocate; Tenure-Track Faculty Search Committee (2017 - present; 2016 - 2017)
Chair; Faculty Search Committee (2015 - 2016)

College of Science
Member; Departmental Separation Committee (2016 - present)
Member; Research Task Force (2016 - present)
Member; Committee on Educational Effectiveness (2016 - present)

California State University, East Bay
Faculty Advising Fellow; Office of Semester Conversion (2017 - present)
Member; Student Advising Subcommittee, Office of Semester Conversion (2017 - present)
Faculty Representative for Assesment Subcommittee; Council on Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs (2016 - present)
Faculty Mentor; Center for Student Research (2016 - present)
Member; Committee on Curriculum & Instruction (2015 - present)
Faculty Representative; Asian & Pacific Islander Faculty Staff Association (2014 - present)
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)

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