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Professor of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley

Denise Herd is a Professor of Public Health at UC Berkeley. Herd’s scholarship centers on racialized disparities in health outcomes, spanning topics as varied as images of drugs and violence in rap music, drinking and drug use patterns, social movements, and the impact of corporate targeting and marketing on popular culture among African American youth. In addition to her extensive scholarship in public health, Herd has also served as associate dean at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health for seven years.

PhD – Medical Anthropology, UC San Francisco, 1985
MA – Anthropology, San Francisco State University, 1978
BA – Anthropology, UC Berkeley, 1972


  • –present
    Professor, University of California, Berkeley


  • 1987 
    UC Berkeley-UCSF, Medical Anthropology