Dr. Susan M. Becker  
Specialization: Public Health
Home institution in US: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C.
Host Institution in India: Manipal University, Karnataka  
Start date/Month in India: January 2013
Duration of grant: 4 months

Brief Bio:
Dr. Susan M. Becker earned her M.P.H. in international health from Harvard School of Public Health, Massachusetts and her Ph.D. in clinical social work from Rutgers University, New Jersey. She has published in the American Journal of Public Health, International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, American Journal of Medical Genetics, International Journal of Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, Journal of Adult and Child Psychiatric Nursing and Annals of Saudi Medicine. She currently works for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, HIV/Aids Bureau Global HIV Program in Africa and Asia. She has been a faculty member in the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health and Georgetown University’s School of Health Studies in Washington, D.C. She also worked in Saudi Arabia as assistant scientist in epidemiology and was a faculty member at King Saudi Medical College in the Department of Family and Community Medicine.

As a Fulbright lecturer, Dr. Becker’s broad-based background in public health and social sciences is well suited to examining the interrelationships of biological, ecological and social determinants of health. She will teach a course on contemporary public health within the global context of socio-cultural factors and international development. The course will include the following topics: basic epidemiological concepts, sociocultural determinants of health, U.S. health care system, international maternal and child health, global HIV/Aids, mental health in developing countries, women and mental health, and psychosocial disaster response. The course will explore issues, strategies and controversies in global health through an interdisciplinary approach.