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Berkeley Franz, Ph.D.

  • Assistant professor, Community-based health
    Research investigator, Diabetes Institute
    Faculty affiliate, Ohio University Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies
    Adjunct faculty, Ohio University Department of Classics and World Religions
  • Social Medicine
  • Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • franzb@ohio.edu
  • 740-593-2137
  • 317-626-2218

Areas of Expertise:
Affordable Care Act, American religion, Community-based health, Evangelicalism, Hospitals, Opioid Abuse, Race and health, Religion and public policy, Urban and rural health disparities

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Berkeley Franz, Ph.D., is a medical sociologist whose research and teaching focus is on hospital-community relationships, community-based philosophy and health policy. She also has interests in the sociology of religion and community organizing. She has worked on community-based research projects both domestically and internationally, and she has carried out extensive qualitative research.

Franz has published peer-reviewed articles on the philosophy of health care organization and evaluation, the intersection of religious beliefs and health policy preferences, and the impact of the Affordable Care Act on hospital-community partnerships and how hospitals set population health priorities.

Her co-authored book, Narrative Medicine and Community-based Health Care and Planning, published by Springer in 2017, examines the theoretical basis and day-to-day practice of community-based health care programs, as well as their potential to transform public health.

She is currently co-authoring a book on hospital-community relations for the University of Chicago Press, and is co-editor of “Not Far From Me,” a volume of first person narratives on the opioid epidemic in Ohio for Ohio State University Press that is scheduled for release in summer 2019.

Assistant professor, Community-based health
Heritage Endowed Faculty Fellowship in Behavioral Diabetes, Osteopathic Heritage Foundation Ralph S. Licklider, D.O., Research Endowment
Research investigator, Diabetes Institute
Faculty affiliate, Ohio University Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Adjunct faculty, Ohio University Department of Classics and World Religions

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