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Jerel ​Ezell, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Community Health Sciences
  • Director, Berkeley Center for Cultural Humility

Dr. Jerel Ezell is an assistant professor in Community Health Sciences and a Fulbright Scholar who conducts community-based research and outreach related to health disparities and urban planning.


Dr. Jerel Ezell is a social epidemiologist and assistant professor in Community Health Sciences, and a Fulbright Scholar. Dr. Ezell also serves as the Director of the forthcoming Berkeley Center for Cultural Humility, a multi-disciplinary training center focused on education around cultural responsiveness in research, clinical practice, education, and policy. Dr. Ezell’s fieldwork and teaching focuses on health disparities and social inequities, with an emphasis on environmental determinants of health, opioid use disorder, psychological trauma, and violence. His current projects focus on health outcomes in Flint, Michigan following the city’s water crisis and the racial and ethnic aspects of opioid overdose hotspots.

Research Interests

  • Health disparities
  • Opioid overdose
  • Environmental health and justice
  • Violence
  • Medical disinformation


  • PhD – Sociology
    The University of Chicago
  • MPH – Columbia University
  • BA – Anthropology
    University of Michigan