Contact Information

Assistant Professor
School of Allied Health Professions
Loma Linda University
24951 N Circle Drive
Nichol Hall Room A518
Loma Linda, CA 92350

Phone:  951‐552‐5927
Fax: 815‐550‐9195


Research Keywords
  • epidemiology
  • biostatistics
  • geographic information systems
  • GIS
  • mental health
  • substance abuse
  • air pollution
  • complementary and alternative medicine
  • big data analysis
  • health services research
  • clinical epidemiology
Membership Information

Membership Category:
Early Career

Member Since: 2014


Benjamin Joseph Becerra, DrPH, MPH, MS

Benjamin Joseph Becerra, MS, MPH


Dr. PH       Loma Linda University
MS            University of California, Riverside
MPH          Loma Linda University
Certificate  Loma Linda University

Research Statement

A multidisciplinary research approach that draws upon expertise in biostatistics, epidemiology (clinical, social, and molecular), health geoinformatics, business administration, etc. to address the health disparities among minority populations and improve quality of life.

About Me

Dr. Benjamin J. Becerra serves as an assistant professor teaching statistics and research at the School of Allied Health Professions at Loma Linda University. Dr. Becerra holds a Doctorate in Public Health (DrPH) in Epidemiology, with his dissertation focus on mental health service utilization among respiratory hospitalizations. Additionally, he has completed a certificate in Health Geoinformatics to create collaborative projects with geospatial technologies. His research interests include epidemiology, biostatistics, mental health, substance abuse, complementary and integrative medicine, health disparities, and geographic information systems (GIS). In particular, his focus is in multidisciplinary approaches in tackling public health issues through epidemiologic and clinical research with best practices of GIS, molecular biology, business and administration, and other areas. Furthermore, he is a statistical consultant and has published on state and national datasets, such as the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) and California Health Interview Survey (CHIS).

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Recent Publications

Becerra, B. J., Becerra, M. B., Gerdine, M. C., & Banta, J. E. (2014). Religion, Acculturation, and Incarceration: Determinants of Substance Use among Hispanic Adults in the United States. Journal of Environmental and Public Health, 2014, e459596. doi:10.1155/2014/459596