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Denise ​Herd, PhD

Professor, Behavioral Sciences
  • Director, Health and Social Behavior
  • Chair, Community Health Sciences Division
Phone: (510) 642-4842
Address: 2121 Berkeley Way #5120
Berkeley, CA 94720


Denise Herd is an Associate 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.

Research Interests

  • Health disparities
  • Images of alcohol, drugs, and violence in rap music
  • Activism in African American communities
  • Drinking and drug use patterns and problems
  • Social movements
  • Multicultural health


  • PhD – Medical Anthropology
    University of California, San Francisco
  • MA – Anthropology
    San Francisco State University
  • BA – Anthropology
    University of California, Berkeley