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Shelley N. ​Facente, PhD, MPH

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Community Health Sciences
Shelley N. Facente's work focuses on bridging the worlds of academia and public health practice to apply rigorous methodologies and create real-world impact on critical issues, while teaching and mentoring early-career practitioners to build their skills.


Dr. Shelley N. Facente is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Community Health Sciences Division of the Berkeley School of Public Health. Her expertise is in design, implementation, and evaluation of public health interventions, and in epidemiological analysis of real-world challenges in infectious diseases. In addition to her research and teaching at UC Berkeley, Dr. Facente is founder and principal at Facente Consulting, a national public health consulting firm dedicated to improving health equity. Her client list ranges from local to national and international entities, including the California Department of Public Health, the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For 10 years Dr. Facente served as a project manager and clinical data coordinator for the Consortium for the Evaluation and Performance of HIV Incidence Assays (CEPHIA), a multinational consortium that brought together world leaders in the development, performance assessment and application of established and novel assays to identify recent HIV infection. She continues to be sought after by clinical researchers and developers of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis medications to advise on the estimation of background HIV incidence or HIV infection dates of study participants.

Research Interests

  • Infectious disease epidemiology
  • Implementation science, especially for hepatitis C and harm reduction-focused interventions
  • Impact evaluation of public health programs, particularly for people who are LGBTQ+, use drugs, and/or are unhoused
  • Measurement of HIV recency
  • HIV infection dating methodologies


  • PhD – Epidemiology
    University of California, Berkeley, 2020
  • MPH – Health and Social Behavior
    University of California, Berkeley, 2004
  • BA – Sociology of Health
    Ithaca College, 2002


Courses Taught

    • Spring | PB HLTH 205
    • Program Planning and Needs Assessment