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Berkeley Franz, PhD

Berkeley Franz
Associate Professor: Osteopathic Heritage Foundation Ralph S. Licklider, DO, Endowed Faculty Fellow in Behavioral Health; Co-Director, Institute to Advance Health Equity (ADVANCE)
Irvine 210, Athens Campus
Diabetes Institute
Social Medicine


  • Sociology (PhD), University of Miami, 2014
  • Religious Studies (MA), University of Chicago, 2009


  • Medical Sociology
  • Health Disparities
  • Racism and Health
  • Addiction, Opioid Use Disorder
  • Religion and Health
  • Health Services Research
  • Health Policy

Summary of Work:

Trained as a medical sociologist, I currently lead two NIH-NIDA funded studies on access to evidence-based opioid use disorder services in underserved communities. I also manage the only nationally representative database of hospital community benefit programs and use these data to assess access disparities in the United States.


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