Ohio University

Berkeley Franz, Ph.D.

  • Assistant professor, Community-based health
  • Heritage Career Development Faculty Endowed Fellowship in Population Health Science
  • Osteopathic Heritage Foundation Ralph S. Licklider, DO, Research Endowment
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Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

Areas of Expertise

Affordable Care Act
American religion
Community-based health
Opioid Abuse
Race and health
Religion and public policy
Urban and rural health disparities
Population Health

Expert Bio

Franz is a medical sociologist and health services researcher whose research and teaching focus on health disparities, population health initiatives, community-based engagement, and narrative medicine. She also has interests in the intersection of religious beliefs, health care utilization, and health policy preferences.

She also holds adjunct appointments in the Departments of Classics and World Religions and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Ohio University. She received an M.A. in religious studies from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Miami.

Franz has worked both domestically and internationally on community-based research projects and has published extensively in peer reviewed journals and books on the theory and development of community-based partnerships to address critical health needs such as opioid abuse.

Her co-authored book, Narrative Medicine and Community-based Health Care and Planning was published by Springer in 2017. She co-edited Not Far from Me: Stories of Opioids and Ohio which compiles first-person experiences of the opioid epidemic in Ohio. Currently, she is working on a co-authored book on hospital-community relations in three urban communities for the University of Chicago Press.

Expertise at a Glance

Franz is an expert on opioid abuse, the affordable care act and community-based health. She focuses on the opioid epidemic in Ohio and religion and public policy.